Cornwall coffee shops: 10 of the best places to get your caffeine fix
PUBLISHED: 12:12 09 September 2019 | UPDATED: 15:47 16 September 2020
Whether you like your lattes fair trade, decaff or crafted from locally roasted beans, there’s plenty of coffee shops in Cornwall to sate the appetite of any coffee aficionado. We pick 10 of the best places for a brew in the duchy
1. Gylly Beach Cafe, Falmouth
As spectacular seaside settings go, it doesn't get much better than Gylly Beach Cafe. This coastal favourite sits smack bang on silver sands amid circling seagulls and crashing waves.
Grab an Origin Resolute espresso and see if you can manoeuvre your rear into one of the popular terrace seats offering dazzling views across the waves to the Lizard Peninsula and Helford River.
2. North Coast Wine Co, Bude
North Coast Wine Co isn't your standard offie - or coffee shop for that matter. The independent wine merchant is more an emporium of 500 beverages which you can quaff in-store or guzzle later at home.
If you're drinking in, once you've worked your way through the creative cocktail list, you'll want to hit the brew menu for a sobering caffeine hit.
3. Strong Adolfos, Wadebridge
When Mathilda and John began constructing a Swedish-Cornish-biker-surfer cafe at an out-of-town road stop, whispers swept over the community. 'They won't last long out there,' people prophesied.
But three years later, Strong Adolfos is absolutely thriving. The success is due to a number of factors. Firstly, the team use Cornish roaster heavyweight, Origin, to create a quality coffee - which is pimped with epic latte art.
4. Fin & Co., Newquay
In a town dominated by major surf brands, it was a plucky move for Jake Patterson and James Wright to launch their indie board shop, Watershed, right in the middle of it all.
The risk paid off and as a result of the venture's success, five years on the duo have just embarked on their next big project: opening a speciality coffee shop (complete with a sneaky suntrap seating area) upstairs.
5. Picnic Cornwall, Falmouth
Whether you're after a quick coffee to-go or have time to stop and savour each sip, a quality Origin espresso is always guaranteed at this award winning indie coffee shop.
Seasonal blends roasted in Helston are paired with local milk from Trewithen Dairy, making Picnic a popular spot for those seeking a brew that's crafted in the county.
6. Good Vibes Cafe, Falmouth
Since Dan Rossiter took over this Cornish coffee shop in June 2016, he has artfully built on its reputation for knocking out beautiful pours and plated creations.
Good Vibes focuses on offering the people of Falmouth carefully crafted coffee and generous portions of outstanding food which you don't need to re-mortgage the house to experience.
7. Wild Vibes Cafe, Penryn
It can be a drag having to choose between eye-popping panoramas and somewhere serving a half decent cup of coffee, but thankfully there's no compromise at Wild Vibes on the edge of Argal Lake.
Teaming up with Fitness Wild, Dan Rossiter launched Wild Vibes in May 2017 after carving out a reputation for pulling cracking Origin coffee at his Good Vibes hangout in Falmouth. We'd recommend getting the crew together for a day at the lake - making sure everyone packs a hearty appetite.
8. Olive & Co., Liskeard
Naming their coffee shop after their daughter, owners Roxy and Lee may be the 'Co.' at this cosy spot, but it looks like little Olive is the real boss.
This family-run business does a roaring trade in the heart of the pretty market town of Liskeard thanks to a constant stream of Monmouth coffee and delish homemade pastries and cakes.
9. Hub, St Ives
The original hangout in St Ives for 'burgers, dogs, beers and damn good coffee', this all-day feasting fiesta has been a firm favourite with resident brew swiggers and Cornwall day-trippers since 2003.
As well as being experts in cracking ice-cold craft beers and blending ice cream shakes, the guys at Hub have been trained by the team at Origin to craft first class coffee using the Cornish roaster's Pathfinder blend.
10. The Yellow Canary Cafe, St Ives
A vibrant yellow sign swinging in the breeze indicates where to stop for speciality coffee on St Ives' cobbled Fore Street.
If you're in a rush, grab your Origin-roasted house or seasonal espresso from the Yellow Canary hatch - with a freshly baked pastel de nata oozing with creamy custard if it's that kinda day. If you've time to stick around, grab a spot inside this cosy cafe at the centre of town to savour a flat white.