The gourmet coffee scene took its time to flourish in Manchester city centre, but it has now truly exploded. Riding in on this new wave is The Foundation Coffee House, which opened in May 2015 with a mission to prioritize the basics and become a heavyweight contender for the city’s best caffeine fix.
Foundation is one of my reliable ports when the city gets too much. The open-plan warehouse design offers mounds of personal space, while the glass front makes for some of the best people-watching in the city.
I has also become a popular place for freelancers to plug in, caffeine up and get some work done.
The shiny La Marzocco espresso machines should impress coffee connoisseurs, along with a choice of brewing methods including the siphon, V60 and AeroPress.
At the food counter, it’s quality over quantity all the way, with small plates being carefully sourced from Trove – a small but astoundingly good bakery close to my home in Levenshulme.
Alternatively, a menu of award-winning hot chocolates with varying cocoa concentrations is on offer, allowing you to adjust the degrees of your sugar craving.
Details aside, Foundation’s brews are the star of the show and being presented on rustic wooden boards with drinking water only add to what always feels like a truly attentive coffee time-out.