Another Progress Report

Well it’s been another busy week.

On Monday we visited Limini Coffee to discuss in depth our coffee equipment and what we will be able to offer on our coffee menu.

According to the World Resource Institute’s 2008 report the three Scandinavian countries are placed 2nd, 4th and 6th in worldwide coffee consumption per capita. There is a rich heritage of brewing filter coffee throughout the region so we are very keen to offer a first-class filter option served with cream; milk in coffee was one of my Grandma’s biggest pet hates!  For espresso lovers we’ll be offering a full range of espresso based drinks using the Limini blend roasted right here in Yorkshire.

We love bread and it is incredibly important to source the right loaves for Baltzersen’s.  We believe in the Real Bread Campaign and think bread should only have four main ingredients; flour, salt, yeast and water.  Bondgate Bakery in Otley is a multi-award winning bakery located only 12 miles from Harrogate and they bake real bread with no E numbers, improvers or pre-mixes.  We met with Sally Hinchcliffe who was at the end of a seven hour baking shift but still had boundless energy and enthusiasm to talk us through the range of breads on offer.

A range of breads including light rye, honey and fruit, tinned rye, oat bloomer, white sourdough, white poppy seed and granary.

 

Excuse the slightly dodgy photograph, it was a difficult light! Paul talking to Sally Hinchcliffe, co-owner and baker.

Rye bread is a Scandinavian staple but is less popular here in the UK, but with Bondgate’s help we plan to try and change that.  We’ll offer a choice of a light or dark rye with our sandwiches and a daily selection of three other breads for toast each morning.  The best bread we tasted was a honey and fruit loaf, it is fantastic toasted and we are sure it will be a firm favourite.

It seems like it’s been a long time but finally the new shop front is starting to be installed, first the wood frame and then the glass will arrive in the next week or two.  We also have new structural steels that have allowed us to open the space in the shop all the way through to the seating area in the rear.

View to the back of the shop, your can see the new steel supports painted red at the top of the shot.

A view looking from the back of the cafe all the way through to the new shopfront frame.

 

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