Hot Numbers Roastery
Housed in a stylishly converted warehouse in Shepreth, Hot Numbers Roastery is a coffee aficionado’s dream. Flooded with natural light, its open plan design allows customers to peek at the speciality coffee being roasted in state-of-the-art Giesen machines, watch the sourdough baker kneading artisan bread or gaze at the chefs conjuring up delicious brunches, while enjoying a latte in the spacious cafe. Upstairs the coffee appreciation reaches new heights, with vintage Italian espresso machines and grinders on display, and one wall decorated entirely in hessian sacks, showing the origins of the ethically-sourced, speciality grade coffee (Guatemala, Rwanda, Brazil. . .). Here barista training takes place and varietals of coffee and their roast profiles are evaluated by the process of ‘cupping’.
Though the roastery opened to the public spring 2019, the Hot Numbers story has been percolating far longer. Founder Simon Fraser was studying saxophone in Australia and working in a cafe, when he had an epiphany. Impressed by the superlative coffee being served, he decided to combine his love of coffee and jazz by launching Hot Numbers café on Gwydir Street in 2011, named after a nearby former record store. He played vinyl, hosted live gigs, and served outstanding coffee. A year later, Simon took on a roastery in Anstey Hall woods, which moved to Hot Numbers’ second café on Trumpington Street in 2014, but was eventually ousted to keep up with brunch demand.
With business booming, Simon took on the Shepreth HQ to act as a hub for training, warehousing and roasting (vital for the wholesale business). However, the café – which boasts alfresco seating - has proved a hit with its quirky menu (an Asian twist on brunch) and scrumptious cakes (zesty lemon meringues, rich beetroot and chocolate muffins), sourced from Linton Kitchen.
Simon’s business tagline is ‘coffee, music, conversation’, and it’s clear that Hot Numbers blends the three perfectly.
Wrights Mowers, Dunsbridge Turnpike
Tel: 01223 612209