Fancy A Coffee? This Muddy Offer Will Have you Full of Beans
It might be the caffeine high, but I’ve just got to tell you about my little discovery today. I checked out Plymouth’s newest indie coffee shop, Good Coffee Headquarters (GCHQ if you want to be cryptic). Not only is it a dose of retro cool and a balm to the soul for serious coffee-drinkers, but I also managed to twist the arm of the owners to give you, my dear Muddies, a special offer.
You’ll find this little coffee house on Ebrington Street, which is increasingly being touted as Plymouth’s most fashionable neck of the woods, thanks to places like Bread and Roses doing their thing. Good Coffee Headquarters is next door to the institution that is Goulds, the army surplus-type store where, for years it’s been a rite of passage for kids to go and buy boots and kit for their Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. For this once heavily-bombed city it’s a pretty iconic building with bags of period charm.
It’s a small shop but pretty pared back inside, so it’s not the kind of place where you’ll feel cramped and harassed by people squeezing by your table. I like the minimalist decor with lots of wood and splashes of retro quirkiness; it kind of sums up the simplicity of it all.
These reupholstered original cinema seats are a nice little nod to the buildings roots as a theatre, back when the world was in black and white.
The coffee is the real star here, although resident Lab Ozzie is doing his best to steal its thunder. How handsome is he?
There are jars and jars of coffee beans blended from all over the world and they use the only Gravimetric coffee machine in the south west which, if you like your coffee, you’ll know is a pretty strong indication that they mean business here.
Pastries and cakes are right in your eye-line too, so it’s difficult to resist. Plenty of choice for vegans looking to perk up ‘Veganuary’, by the way. And tea, too, lots of it.
Out of the machine comes a silky, smooth cuppa (ooh, I’ve gone all Galaxy chocolate on you!), using a different blend each day.
It’s a simple premise, done really well: kick back and enjoy the coffee. My prediction? I reckon it won’t be long before this one’s in all the Good Coffee guides, mark my Muddy words.
So why should you be tempted to give this place a go, I hear you cry? Well, here’s four life situations where I’d be drawn to this place like a bee to the honey jar.
- When you need an hour to wake up and steel yourself for an important meeting, or pitch;
- When you’re sleep-deprived, have dropped (read: slung) the kids off to nursery/pre-school and need an hour of peace to nurse a coffee and sit and stare into the middle distance;
- When you’ve got urgent gossip to share with a girlfriend and it needs to be discussed now
- You’ve just come up with the business idea that’s going to take the world by storm and need to brainstorm, like, at once.
I could go on. Orrrr, you could of course have just read this and now you’re armed with the special Muddy offer: buy one get one free on a coffee. Go along, speak to John and say Muddy Stilettos sent you – and let me know what you think of it!
Good Coffee Headquarters, 59 Ebrington Street, Plymouth, PL4 9AA. goodcoffeeheadquarters.co.uk