Yorkshire and The Humber

Spring Espresso, York

27 January 2012

As seasons go by, new coffee shops emerge in historic York. The latest is Spring Espresso, a terrific independent café on Fossgate.

Spring Espresso, York Spring Espresso, York

Spring opened in Autumn 2011. The owners, Steve and Tracey, were formerly part of the Cafe2U franchise, selling coffee around the region from a bright red van. They left behind their lives on the road for a more static existence.

Fossgate was the perfect choice to lay down some roots. A nice street, plenty of footfall (but not too central) and a bright, airy room.

Spring Espresso, York Spring Espresso, York

To this mix they’ve added some wonderful furniture. Every piece has been restored just for Spring, and every piece has a story to tell, whether it’s a wheel from a dark, disused Yorkshire mill or something equally intriguing. Ask Steve and he’ll happily point out the industrial notches. (A couple of tables pictured were awaiting custom-made glass tops at the time; they have since been topped.)

The furniture is a mark of Spring’s individuality, as is the rather cool branding. The wings allude to Steve’s former life in the Air Force.

Spring Espresso, York Spring Espresso, York

The coffee comes from J. Atkinson & Co, a Lancaster-based roastery making its debut in Cosy Coffee Shops. The beans in use at the time made for quite an unusual flat white – rather citrusy and tangy – and a better espresso.

Steve is really into his coffee and reached the semi-finals of the UK Barista Championships in 2010. He’s just as passionate about tea, with plenty available at Spring along with cakes and savoury lunchtime options.

Spring Espresso, York Spring Espresso, York

A lot of passion, talent and attention has gone into Spring. It’s a comfy, welcoming spot and Steve and Tracey are as friendly a pair of proprietors as you could wish to meet.

All in all, a worthy addition to York’s coffee shop scene.

Spring Espresso, York Spring Espresso, York


45 Fossgate

Website: http://www.springespresso.co.uk
Twitter: @SpringEspresso
Facebook: /pages/Spring-Espresso/172799152815126

We visited on December 2011.

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  • Alachua 5 March 2012 at 11:34 pm

    For everyday in life, for every stressful days at work or in school, every individuals needs to get relax. One simple way is to go to a coffee shop and enjoy a cup of coffee to make things easier. 🙂 Me myself keep doing that, because It’s the only time for me to give my self in-spite of my hectic schedule. A cup of coffee for every success and trials in life. Cheers!


  • yuen 21 May 2012 at 12:55 am

    Have been curious about Spring Espresso since it opened…can’t wait to try it out after exams (:

  • Simon 13 January 2013 at 7:20 pm

    I’d give it 3/10, I had a very disappointing cappuccino today, *way* too much milk, average foam and no discernable coffee taste at all. I’d rather go to Costa. La Bottega Milanese in Leeds is still the only place to get an exceptional cup of coffee round these parts. Heck, I make much better coffee at home with a £90 DeLonghi machine!

    The cake was very good, to be fair.

  • kate 25 January 2013 at 10:33 am

    No doubt about it, it serves us a great cup of coffee(taken three lots of people there and all confirm my views).

  • Danny 6 April 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Good coffee quality, poor atmosphere and surroundings. Its just a standard cafe, no real charm compared to the others in York. Surprised it was rated so high on tripadvisor and with various newspapers.

  • Caroline collier 6 October 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Saturday afternoon ,3pm desperate for a Warm drink and something sweet luckily got a seat went to the counter and met the most delight ful lady she was so pleasant but most of all an attractive happy person who instantly you liked very much she recommended the malteser cake it was amazing and she does all the baking but the to my lovely surprise agorgoue cup of earl grey tea a proper tea pot and no tea bag just the real loose tea!!she then came over and chatted and said she had never worked so hard but was blissfully happy after a hard morning at work my husband and I just want her to know in such a small space of time she made us feel so happy too .. Keep the good work up and we will come and see u soon ,,,, thank you didn’t know your name love carolinexxxxx