Crikey, it feels like a while since I’ve had a chance to blog properly. The day job has been getting in the way a fair bit, but don’t worry, I’ve not forgotten you all. In fact, I’ve got a hot new venue for you – New Ground Coffee are about to open a roastery and coffee bar in Headington.
Most of you probably know we already have a cracking coffee scene in Oxford and the ‘shire – Jericho Coffee, Missing Bean, Ue and Horsebox to name a few – and some of you may have discovered New Ground Coffee. But now, they’re about to open their very own venue and it’s clearly going to be cool AF.
The coffee company, run by Joel and Dickon (L & R above), has been run out of their kitchens and other friendly coffee roasteries since they launched, but they already supply the likes of Soho Farmhouse (serious celeb hangout), Oxford Kitchen, Oxford University, G&D Cafes and Burford Garden Centre.
Following in the footsteps of likeminded Tap Social, New Ground Coffee is a social enterprise, offering training and work opportunities for ex-offenders across the Thames Valley. They also have a strong ethical and sustainable focus to provide a variety of exciting coffees:
We buy quality and ethical green beans and roast them to bring out the unique characteristics of each coffee. We work with small-scale farmers who produce the best coffees around the world, and ensure that these farmers are paid fairly and their communities are positively impacted. We work hard to get the most out of each coffee, and so each one is roasted differently to fully develop all the flavours, and to showcase what makes them distinct. The resulting cup should be clean and clear – but we’ll let you be the judge of that.
What To Expect
The new venue, which is tucked behind Adria Pizzeria and Regency Dry Cleaners on Windmill Road, is set to open next Monday. Half price coffees will be on offer all next week for the launch, and the plan is to serve Dutch Boy Waffles along with locally produced pastries when they’re settled in.
Coffees served will be espresso-based, with the addition of a manual brew bar with brewing options like V60, Kalita and Aeropress on weekly rotation. Huskee reusable coffee cups have been stocked up, for drinking in and for purchase, made from coffee husks. It also comes with a lid made out of the same material, is light as anything and feels lovely to hold. They look good too (see below).
If you take in your own reusable coffee cup (or one you buy from the cafe), you’ll get 20p off every hot drink.
The building is a small industrial unit, with a high vaulted metal ceiling and large windows above, whitewashed walls to the side. The giant roasting machine sits at the back of the room, with counter and customer seating at the front. The main bar will have bar seats surrounding the far end, by the manual pur area, making it feel more immersive and communal.
It may not be visible from the main road, but I think once local coffee lovers discover this place, it’ll fill up nicely.
Bitten will be at the launch party in the evening on 1st October, and I have two guest tickets to give away to lucky Bitten readers. Want to be there? Just comment below telling us how important coffee is to you!
Easy as that. Competition closes at midnight on Sunday 22nd September, look forward to seeing two of you there! I’ll choose my favourite two answers and email the winners directly.
New Ground Coffee
Simon House, Workshop R/O, 2 Windmill Rd, Oxford OX3 7BU