Look inside Hull city centre's new independent coffee shop

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 13 Nov 2017

A new independent coffee shop promising locally sourced produce and even nights of culture is opening in the Old Town this week.

BE Coffee has set up shop alongside the new Hideout Hotel in North Church Side, off Trinity Square, and offers customers a place to meet up and have meetings, as well as grab a coffee on the go.

“The downstairs is quite small and we want people to be able to grab a coffee on their way to work,” said Joe Crampton, the shop’s owner.

“But we also have the upstairs seating area where people can bring their laptops and work, have meetings, or meet up with friends.

“I have been wanting to open a coffee shop for a while now, and when I approached Hideout Hotel about being integrated into their building, it seemed like the perfect space.”

Overlooked by the historic Minster, the shop is nestled next to the recently redeveloped Trinity Market, where Joe will be getting the majority of his produce.

The upstairs will be a space for people to meet and work (Image: Rich Addison)

“I don’t have the ability to make food here, so the majority of food on sale will be from Trinity Market and places such as Cocoa Chocolatier, Sugar N Spice and other independent businesses,” said the 26-year-old.

“Our loose leaf tea will hopefully be coming from the Tea Shop in the market and all our coffee beans are roasted by Matt Pearson at River City Coffee.

“We want people to be able to get proper coffee in the city centre."

BE Coffee, which stands for barista eccellenza, is one of several coffee shops to recently spring up in the city centre, but Joe is confident it is what the people want.

BE Coffee is in North Church Side (Image: Rich Addison)

“The City of Culture year has really helped people realise what they want from a coffee shop,” he said. “They are bored of the corporate chains and want something independent.

“Thieving Harry’s showed how an independent business can really boom, and the people of Hull recognise a great place when they see one.

“Hull can’t get enough of great coffee at the moment, and we are here to provide for them.

“We also want to start putting on poetry and music nights, as well has giving local artists somewhere to display their work.”

The coffee shop will be open from Monday to Saturday from 8am to 6pm, and Sundays from 9am.

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