Get your caffeine fix at one of these top-notch coffee houses and cafés in Sheffield, as chosen by local blogger Ros Arksey
Sheffield’s coffee culture has grown over the last few years to become something to be proud of. From the arrival of Tamper in 2011, quality coffee venues have been popping up across the city ever since.
Unsurprisingly, the number of men with beards who are serious about coffee has become more prevalent at the same time.
Whether or not you know your ‘pour over’ from your ‘aeropress’, a brew is not just something you do with tea, and a ‘single origin’ is not about wine. I have seen the beauty of latte art and gone to coffee ‘cupping’ sessions where you taste coffee as if you are at a wine tasting.
In venues which are serious about coffee, you will often see beautiful examples of engineering in the form of gleaming chrome coffee machines, which look like a part of a classic car. Coffee is becoming something to be excited about.
So if you are in need of caffeine hit, here are five coffee venues in Sheffield you should try…
The arrival of Tamper on Westfield Terrace was a turning point for the coffee scene in Sheffield. Opened by New Zealander Jonathan Perry, Sheffield’s city centre got its first taste of the Kiwi coffee culture.
This place made me aware that there was so much more to coffee. You have coffee menus detailing what is on the ‘grind’ this week. It was in this café that I tried my first flat white and I have been a convert every since.
The baristas are passionate about caffeine and know their macchiatos, long blacks and pour overs. The coffee is from London-based Ozone. You can indulge in cake and enjoy a New Zealand-influenced brunch or lunch together with your brew.
There’s also Tamper’s ‘big brother’ @ Seller’s Wheel, which offers the same great coffee and more food options, as well as their Friday ‘wind-downs’ with wine, cocktails and craft beer.
Tamper, Westfield Terrace, Sheffield, S1 4GH, tampercoffee.co.uk
A stone’s throw from Tamper you’ll find Steam Yard nestled in a courtyard off the main drag of Division Street.
Run by Nick Pears and Matt Cottrill it is a relative newcomer, opening at the beginning of 2014. This is a small coffee house with a laid-back, cool vibe, and as you enter you’e greeted by the sight of the sleek, beautiful coffee machine on the counter. The décor is cosy minimalist with framed prints and American memorabilia dotted around the place.
The coffee beans change regularly with the classic coffees offered – espresso, latte, Americano and flat white to name a few. You can also pick up homemade bagels, sandwiches or something sweet to go with your coffee. They have a reputation for their doughnuts…
It’s the kind of place you can take a book and enjoy the calm ambiance, and if it’s sunny you can enjoy a seat out in the courtyard to soak up some rays.
Steam Yard, Aberdeen Court, 95-97 Division Street, Sheffield, S1 4GE, facebook.com/SteamYard
Bragazzis café/deli is an institution in Sheffield, having recently celebrated its 10th birthday. Located on Abbeydale Road, it offers Italian rustic charm with wooden floors, a few small tables with chairs, plus a couple of comfy leather chairs – the prized seating area. The counter is stacked with homemade paninis and you can take a seat outside to people watch.
It has a definite buzz and it’s a local favourite where people come to take the time to catch up with friends. You can enjoy a quality Italian-style coffee, indulge in a pastry and pick up some fresh pasta or other Italian goodies from the delicatessen for dinner.
It gets busy on the weekends, so it is recommended to arrive early to guarantee a seat.
Bragazzis, 224 – 226 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield, S7 1FL, www.bragazzis.co.uk
Upshot Espresso on Glossop Road opened a couple of years ago and offers first-class coffee in a chilled-out ambiance.
Light and airy inside, the wooden-themed décor is stylish and welcoming. The counter is stacked with freshly made cakes and the regularly changing coffee menu on the blackboard tells you the special brews available with tasting notes. You can go for a straightforward Americano or go more coffee-pro with a pour over or aeropress. The baristas are clearly passionate about coffee and knowledgeable about the science of what makes a good cup.
The quality brunch and lunch options are done with care and offer classics with a twist and artistic eye. Upshot attracts a mixed crowd and is particularly popular with students and staff from the nearby Hallamshire hospital.
Upshot Espresso, 355 Glossop Road, Sheffield, S10 2HP, www.upshotespresso.co.uk
In the leafy suburbs of Oakbrook Road not far from Bingham Park, you will find the petite sized La Coppola, which is run by Dave Mason. It’s a bright-looking traditional Italian style café/deli, which offers award winning (Bruzzi) coffee, cakes/pastries, freshly made sandwiches as well as a deli section of Italian meats and cheeses.
You can grab a drink at the counter or take a stool in the window to enjoy your caffeine fix whilst watching the world go by. When the weather is suitable you can take a seat outside and imagine you are in a coffee house in Italy.
On Mondays you will find Pizza Brasco outside with their pizza oven ready to make up wood-fired pizzas (from £5) to order for eating in or taking out.
La Coppola, 137 Oakbrook Road, Sheffield, S11 7EB, facebook.com/lacoppoladeli
Did you know?
Find the places mentioned on our Sheffield map:
Like this? Try this:
What’s your go-to place for coffee?
Share this on Twitter: