I decided to do a self-guided coffee crawl in Norwich, England visiting some of its roasters and more popular shops. My coffee crawl started off a bit rough because I couldn't find two of the shops (Gosling & Guzman and Milk & Moss) but here are my thoughts on the ones I did find:
Little Red Roaster
The coffee at Little Red Roaster has a mild acidity but was still decently smooth. I got a cortado and a blueberry muffin for 4.20£ (2£ for the blueberry muffin, 2.20£ for the cortado). The shop itself kind of has a “hanging out in a basement” vibe, not in a bad way but definitely in a way. Since I like roasters and their coffee was pretty good I would probably give the Norwich win to this shop (of the ones I visited).
I did not intend to have coffee here, I actually wanted to have lunch but a man came and took my coffee order so assumed that was how lunch worked as well (I think I was wrong) so this became just a coffee stop for me. After failing to find the two coffee shops I looked for prior to stopping here (and getting turned away from a distillery tour) it was a nice refuge from the failure. Inside the Bicycle Shop there is a lovely interior that is a cross between vintage and nature. The Bicycle Shop is full of plants, quirky decorations and random trinkets. I got an Americano, it was strong and dark, my type of man (uh...I mean coffee). You should go here, it is pleasant. And if you want lunch just make sure you actually order it.
This coffee shop is right across from St. John where I had hoped to take a tour but was unsuccessful (notice a theme to my day yet?). The shop itself is small and hip. I paid 2.50£ for a long mac (it's the same cost for a flat white if you prefer that). Unfortunately, I thought the coffee had a faint tomato paste taste (something I often find in certain speciality coffee shops) but still it was overall pretty smooth.
My last stop was Strangers Coffee
I was hoping to sit down and rest after a petty unsuccessful day in Norwich (I struck out so many times trying to do various activities) but unfortunately I found the roaster and not the shop. I got a macchiato for 1.8£ it was a bit watery and light. I think had I gone to the actual shop it would have been a better fit for what I wanted in the moment but still, roasters are cool and it's always fun seeing the process.
And to be more honest than I'm proud of I went to Costa and got a mocha at the end of all of this. I was tired from failing in Norwich and needed a place with wifi to sit and chill and have a mild win. Five coffees is an intense experience so I don't recommend it unless you have a stomach of steel. And that was it for me, clearly I needed to be done.
Do you know a coffee shop in Norwich I missed but should have visited? Let me know in the comments section!