When you feel flat? A flat white is the answer. Need to blow off some steam- grab a steaming latte. A simple coffee shop adventure is and always will be one of my 'go-to' pick-me-up life joys, and my next trip was long over-due. So 6weeks coffee-shop free, it was time for a milestone memory to be made. It was time to finally leave the grounds and get a new coffee shop found.
We've all heard of a caffeine buzz but this was more than that, this was a breakthrough coffee adventure after weeks of inadequate instant granules and low stimulation living room decor. I was ready to rekindle my coffee-date dating days. My hard work had paid off, my motivation was high and as a keen bean I headed out. My destination of choice? The highly recommended, Spring Espresso.
Spring espresso, York
The shop itself offered a sleek and understated exterior. It felt no need to boast its existence among the rather over-coffee-shop-filled street, Spring Espresso's reputation and composure was selling it enough.
Inside, the vibes were classically coffee shop- busy yet not too frantic. This environment of chats, chomping and studying, did have a cool air of calm about it. Maybe it was the chilled out friendly baristas or maybe it was the neutral wall colour, but it was a good balance of work and pleasure.
I would add that, for 11am on a Sunday morning, it was not a place for those wanting an 'easy like Sunday morning' atmosphere. I couldn't help but feel a little cramped on my table, and I had to resist the temptation to join in the conversation of the couple next to us about Amazonian rivers and San Francisco's weather. We were positioned just that bit too close for my very British personal space boundaries. So, if you're prone to some social anxiety, perhaps this isn't the place for you. But as an extrovert, I was pleased to get a dose of people watching in. They do however have a second location in York which maaaaaaay offer a little more breathing space? But that is yet to be explored.
My weapon of choice
Decisions decisions. How does one pick a drink? Latte, cappuccino, americano, mocha, soy, almond, regular. Spring Espresso offered many options- and that was just the drinks! I figured that whatever I chose, it was bound to be done well. And I was right.
As mentioned before, I'm a flat white kinda girl. So by opting for my go-to I had a consistent comparison to make.
I was not left feeling flat.
In it's cute blue cup my beverage was, like long-awaited blessing from the heavens, delivered to my table. It didn't have that 'latte art' aesthetic a-top, as almond milk is characteristically difficult to work with. But with a fine textured froth, that was easily forgiven. As for the coffee itself, it was an earthy blend that sang through the almond milk flavour to create a just-sweet-enough, quality, fresh ground taste that I had so dearly missed. I'm no coffee snob but you can just tell when the baristas know their beans.
My coffee companion chose a soy mocha as their choice beverage which, they too, agreed to be of a quality standard.
It's great to know that whatever you choose, the fine quality of the coffee itself sings through. I put it down to 2 major contributors: The quality of the beans and the skill of the baristas. Spring Espresso optimises and flaunts both.
This trip only involved a beverage (I'd probably explode if I had any more excitement in one trip) but they also boast a great range of breakfasts, paninis and oh my goodness the cake selection looked insane. I have my eye on the blueberry cake for next time!
Once the caffeine effects had dulled and I had returned to my low stimulation living room decor I had time to reflect on my Spring Espresso experience. Overall there is no denying the high standards which they embody. The beans are fresh, the staff are skilled and the design is classic. It seems that their recipe for a quality coffee experience is very much successful, it's just a shame that it's effectiveness results in a few too many keen coffee beans in one room. I'd recommend finding a quieter time for those who like to sip in silence.
Decor/environment: 6/10- comfortable, nice neutral colours
Menu: 7.5/10- classic menu choices, great milk alternatives, many cakes to choose from, could do with more quirky drink choices (e.g, matcha latte?)
Drink quality: 9/10, no complaints, excellent quality
Vibes: 7/10, nice coffee buzz but a bit too cramped for comfort
Staff:7/10, clearly skilled and experienced. As friendly as one could hope for considering the number of customers
My cup was feeling very much half empty, it was so liberating to finally venture out and fill it with what I truely love- a new coffee shop adventure. I've really missed that buzz and it was a real treasured memory and a marker of many more to come. Never underestimate the uplifting values of escaping to exploring the smallest little treasures, and I can't wait to explore many more... (so watch this space for more reviews to be brewed).
So, in York? and despairing at your murky cup of instant Joe? I'd say Spring Espresso could be a good place to go. I was and still am, buzzing. I'm sure you would be too.
Take a sip from the cup of my mind, and let the thoughts brew...