Devon Coffee – Exeter (UK)
Small but fine coffee shop in the heart of Devon’s student capital.
It’s always refreshing when you visit a relatively small town somewhere and rather than having to resort to abysmal petrol station coffee you can actually get a fabulous cuppa Joe at a small handful of local specialty coffee shops.
This very thing happened to me the other day after leaving coffee behind Mecca London and heading to the southwest of England to see an old friend of mine who recently opened a lovely pub in his home town near Exeter.
This is not a pub review but if you ever happen to be in Kennford, Devon make sure to visit the Seven Stars and its landlord Mister Adam Milton. Tell him The Coffeevine sent you. He’ll be mighty pleased.
Anyway, back to coffee. After shouting for tips on Twitter I was recommended to visit a couple of locales that apparently serve really good coffee. Thanks again to Crankhouse Coffee Roasters for guiding me towards the light.
My first point of call was a lovely if very small coffee shop just off Exeter’s High Street. Devon Coffee is not, as the name might suggest an old school coffee house where a latte, cappuccino and flat white all come in the same size cup. Instead it’s a fine little slice of coffee heaven wedged in between a local toffee maker and Caffé Nero.
After inquiring about their coffee offerings, Jana Morris, one of the baristas on duty, offered to brew Devon Coffee’s a Burundi Mpemba for me with a v60. “Our owner Steve Pearson roasted this one,” she explained after I asked who they source their beans from. This was getting better by the minute! Guest roasters also include locals Crankhouse Coffee , Has Bean, Origin Coffee Roasters and Tim Wendelboe.
Although Devon undoubtedly is a huge student town, something that you can see and feel at every corner, it’s also a pretty affluent place and people like spending their money on quality. “Filter coffees, even amongst students, are becoming more and more popular,” Jana told me.
This is certainly quite a different picture from when I studied in Lancaster between 2003 and 2006 and the only place to go to was Caffé Nero.
For those who don’t like coffee, there is also a nice selection of teas and you can also kill your appetite with a handful of light meals and cakes.
After draining my cup of coffee I hung around a while longer to take in the vibe of the place. I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that this cute English town was growing on me very fast.