A rare opportunity to visit Cambridge. Delightfully, an artisan coffee scene is burgeoning, and about time too. First up, Hot Numbers.
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.
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.
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 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 brings people together. At its heart, isn’t that what coffee is all about?
Very highly recommended.
Unit 6, Dales Brewery
We visited on 30 December 2012.