There’s nothing quite like a fresh cup of coffee to start the day right. In fact, everyone knows someone who claims they can’t quite function without it.
Whether you stick to one first thing, or fancy a couple throughout the day while you’re out and about, there’s an endless number of places where caffeine lovers can pick up a drink. When you’re overwhelmed with choice, it can be easy to play it safe and head to a tried and tested big chain to grab a coffee.
But with an impending cost of living crisis on the horizon, people are pinching pennies more than ever, and thinking a little more before they spend their hard-earned cash on, what’s essentially, a non-essential item.
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According to brand management business, The Ceuta Group, in the UK, people drink 95 million cups of coffee per day. So if you do decide that you’re going to take have one of those out and about, here at Derbyshire Live think there’s not better place to do so than at a independent brand.
We’ve put together a list of some of the best independent coffee shops in Derby, which customers think are most certainly worth trying out.
POINTSIX Coffee House
124 Kedleston Rd, Darley Abbey, Derby DE22 1FX
Despite being located just outside the city in Darley Abbey, POINTSIX is perhaps one of the best known independent coffee shops in the county, and for good reason.
It prides itself on serving ethically-sourced coffee, so customers can enjoy their hot beverage guilt-free. The coffee house is run by husband and wife team Josh and Jen who tasted coffee all around the world on their travels to inspire their blends.
Larry Wong said: “Excellent coffee and food, very friendly staff.” John Brailsford added: “Great coffee and bites with really pleasant service.”
POINTSIX has an average of 4.8 stars with 102 reviews.
Caruso Cafe Boutique
6 St Peters St, Way, Derby DE1 2PL
With an average of 4.8 stars and 172 reviews, it’s clear that this is a much-loved favourite for many in Derby. Based in the city centre on St Peters Way, this little café is ran by the owners of Grand Café Caruso, brothers Marcello and Tony.
The café opened in September 2021 and has made a big mark on the city so far. Patricia Beynon said: “The staff are fantastic and you always feel welcome. And the coffee and food is really good.”
Laxy Stu had high praise for the new eatery, adding: “This is one of the best places in Derby for a coffee – or many other drinks -and some food. The chains can be ok, but this has a good menu with loads of options at good prices, and a nice atmosphere. However I think they are moving soon, so I hope they maintain the same standard.”
Kava Coffee Bar
43 Smalley Dr, Oakwood, Derby DE21 2SF
If you don’t mind travelling a little further for a cup of coffee, then according to Google reviews, Kava Coffee Bar is the place to go. Boasting 109 google reviews, and an average of 4.7 stars, this little Oakwood coffee shop is most certainly turning heads.
Cytryna Nana said: “Lovely place , nice décor , good music, and not a bad espresso. Friendly service, shame I didn’t have time to try some food as it looks delicious, if I was in Derby again I would most definitely visit. Thank you.”
Another reviewer added: “I love Kava – the chilled-out, comfortable interior, the simple, but fab food. Love the fact that you don’t get charged extra for milk alternatives. Great and friendly staff.
“I have not been in the evenings, but have seen some of the “live” videos and the atmosphere is buzzing. Keep it up Natalie, Lauren, Debs and the rest of the team: you’re awesome.”
BEAN Caffé at Friargate Studios
Friar Gate Studios, Ford St, Derby DE1 1EE
Bean describes itself as an Independent coffee lounge with a creative vibe, and it seems its customers agree. Some of the quirky coffee drinks on the menu include the biscoff latte. The café has racked up 158 Google reviews, and an average of 4.7 stars.
Paul Blurton said: “My second visit and it was great… I sat outside in the courtyard which I didn’t know they had.
“Highly recommended for coffee, cake or food when in Derby. I’ll be back.”
Anne MacKellar added: “Quirky interior. Lovely friendly staff. Coffee is top quality.”
Derbion, Crown Walk, 43, Derby DE1 2NP
Located in the Derbion, this little independent coffee shop is in a prime location to pop in and grab a hot drink. Some of the coffee drinks on offer include espresso manniato, americano, and flat white.
With 282 reviews averaging at 4.6 stars, it’s obvious customers are enjoying their time at Miss Coffee. One reviewer said: “Great service, always spoilt for Choice. Lots of variety and suitable for all types of individuals.”