Yorkshire and The Humber

Laynes Espresso, Leeds

27 November 2011

Laynes is a newbie in Leeds, a city which deserves (and now has) another brilliant coffee shop.

Laynes Espresso, Leeds Laynes Espresso, Leeds

Like most startup businesses, Laynes’ success is down to the owner. When the premises became available, Dave Olejnik snapped them up, and proceeded to mold Laynes as he saw fit. This included ripping out layers of grime and plasterboard so that a brick wall could see the light of day.

Since May 2011, Laynes has opened 7 days a week, and Dave has had just one day off.

Laynes Espresso, Leeds Laynes Espresso, Leeds

This passion and/or obsession is easy to spot. Laynes is precision-engineered, the Vorsprung durch Technik of coffee shops. But it’s neither charmless nor clinical. Quite the opposite, in fact. It’s a damn nice place to go, with a nice environment, friendly service and terrific coffee.

The coffee is down to Dave, a brilliant barista. My cohort and I had a flat white, delicious and beautifully presented. We also had a pour-over, a lovely way to enjoy good, tasty coffee (generally nicer, I’d say, than an Americano). This method is increasingly popular.

Laynes Espresso, Leeds Laynes Espresso, Leeds

The beans are from Square Mile, one of the country’s top roasteries. Ever popular in London, its reach is extending further. But Dave likes to mix things up. We were enjoying the last of the current Square Mile “round”; next time it might be HasBean, Origin, Bolling/Grumpy Mule or whatever roastery tickles Dave’s interest.

It’s an unusual way of doing things but good for the customers, as Dave wraps his expert tastebuds around the latest and greatest seasonal roasts.

Aside from coffee, there are also fresh pastries, juices and more. There’s not much space but Dave has plans to increase seating.

Laynes Espresso, Leeds Laynes Espresso, Leeds

Everything’s done right, but there’s no hint of coffee snobbery. It’s just a very fine coffee shop.

Along with Opposite, Leeds now has two.

I’ll leave you with an excellent video by Laynes, box-head and Wave Media.

Carl Fleischer (another barista at Laynes) on Twitter: @carlfleischer

16 New Station Street

Website: http://www.laynesespresso.co.uk
Twitter: @@laynesespresso

We visited on 21 August 2011.

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  • Olga Hartman 7 December 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Great Job by the way, especially the design. Fascinating information. Can’t wait to try out your pastries!

  • Duncan 10 January 2012 at 1:04 am

    Great write up. Sounds like a lovely place… Wish I could pop over from Japan for a coffee in Leeds.

  • Joey Espresso 13 March 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Next time you’re in Leeds pay a visit to La Bottega Milanese in the Light or the Calls – excellent coffee, on a par with Laynes. So lucky to live so close to such great shops.

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