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Hot Numbers Coffee, Cambridge

27 January 2013

A rare opportunity to visit Cambridge. Delightfully, an artisan coffee scene is burgeoning, and about time too. First up, Hot Numbers.

Hot Numbers Coffee, Cambridge Hot Numbers Coffee, Cambridge

The Cambridge-sized hole in Cosy Coffee Shops is finally filled. Hot Numbers (recommended by readers) is a relative newbie but already seems well established, with every seat in the house filled when we arrived on a cold Sunday afternoon.

Hot Numbers Coffee, Cambridge Hot Numbers Coffee, Cambridge

Hot Numbers is part of a select group of cafe-roastery combos, along with the likes of Nude, Little Red Roaster, OCC and Workshop.

Roasting your own coffee is no mean feat. The micro-roastery is off-site, though there is an ambition to bring it within smelling-distance of the customers.

It would be a fitting addition to the characterful building, the site of an old micro-brewery.

Hot Numbers Coffee, Cambridge Hot Numbers Coffee, Cambridge

On the day, my coffee (a flat white – I also tried a filter), wasn’t terribly good. Perhaps because the art of roasting coffee takes years to perfect. More likely, it was just bad luck – I’ve only visited once, after all.

The only answer is for you to try for yourself. Alongside the usual coffee options, choose from the more exotic syphon method (worth a try just to see it in action), popular non-coffee alternatives (Babychino) and scrummy breakfasts & lunches.

Hot Numbers Coffee, Cambridge Hot Numbers Coffee, Cambridge

Hot Numbers also boasts friendly, knowledgeable baristas, sprinklings of art, great decor, live music and a bustling atmosphere.

In a short time, it seems to have found its niche, creating a thriving, popular hang-out for the discerning Cambridge crowd.

Hot Numbers Coffee, Cambridge Hot Numbers Coffee, Cambridge

Hot Numbers brings people together. At its heart, isn’t that what coffee is all about?

Very highly recommended.

Hot Numbers Coffee, Cambridge Hot Numbers Coffee, Cambridge


Address
Unit 6, Dales Brewery
Gwydir Street
Cambridge
CB1 2LJ

Website: hotnumberscoffee.co.uk/

We visited on 30 December 2012.

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  • Henry 30 August 2013 at 2:48 pm

    So wait… you’ve said thet the coffee wasn’t very good but have stated it is “very highly recommended”?!

    This seems to make no sense for a site looking for artisan coffee.

    • Cosy Coffee Shops 30 August 2013 at 3:17 pm

      Hi Henry, thanks for your comment. Good point, but Cosy Coffee Shops is only partly about excellent coffee. We also love places which are friendly, buzzing, have a great atmosphere etc. In fact, I’d personally rather go to a friendly, atmospheric place with bad coffee, than a dreary, unfriendly place with great coffee. That’s why we can highly recommend Hot Numbers and mean it! There’s more about this on our ‘About’ page. Hope this makes sense, and thanks for getting involved.

  • David 29 April 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Hot Numbers is personal favourite of mine. They now have a second site on Trumpington Street. Also another place to try is the new Espresso Library on East Road. Top place.