So a little back-story, my sister is something of a coffee expert, although she would deny it if you met her! A couple of years ago she started educating herself about coffee growing, roasting and brewing methods. These days she is something of an encyclopedia of good coffees and has taught all of us little bits and pieces along the way. If you ever sat down with her for a coffee you would really learn a lot and gain a new perspective on the drink that many of us rely on to function. I may even ask her to write a guest post and if she was willing it would be a really interesting and insightful post, I guarantee you. If there is a quality coffee shop that serves filter third wave coffee in your area, she will probably find out about it and be able to get information you may not even know. When we were going to travel to Sheffield she told us that we had to try Tamper. This interesting and quite different cafe combines great coffee that they source locally with high quality food and a quirky New Zealand personality.
|The back wall of the cafe boasts some fantastic flora and fauna|
We went to their second location in Arundel St, which seems to have been built into an old garage or factory. They keep the exposed brickwork and big old windows which gives the places a real earthy feel but they contrast this with the beautiful art and quirky touches like candlesticks in the windows. The rustic theme is continued in the bathrooms where they have beautiful big Belfast sinks. The whole place just seems to give an impression of authenticity, real quality and a nod to tradition.
The staff were incredible welcoming and attentive. We went at a relatively quiet part of the day, but they appeared to be busy preparing for the lunch rush and non-the-less we were served very quickly and even staff who were not dealing with us directly were friendly and helpful.
So onto the foodie review. Lets start with coffee. This place serves coffee in a variety of ways. You can get normal style espresso coffees/cappucinos/lattes etc but interestingly these are also available with either soya milk or almond milk. However the piece de resistance is their filter coffees. I have it on good authority that filter coffee is the best way to get the full subtle range of flavours of a third wave coffee, and in Tamper they offer filter coffee in two ways; pour-over or aeropress. We ordered both in our group and with different coffees. In terms of flavour, the coffee was absolutely delcious and the subtle flavours were beautifully enhanced by the preparation methods. However we all felt that the quantities were something of an issue.
|Pour-over for two|
|Aeropress filtered coffee|
Ok moving on from coffee before I embarass myself by thinking I know more than I do let's move on to food. The food was frickin' amazing! We had a late breakfast/brunch and therefore justified eating a dessert with our breakfast ;) But let's start with the main breakfast which was absolutely beautiful.
|Mushrooms on toast|
|Poached eggs on an English muffin|
|Healthy breakfast combos|
|And....we didn't order these but look at these frittatas|
So suffice is to say they definitely get the quality/quantity balance just perfect in the food department. I could literally have sat there and ate everything entirely with my eyes for hours but.........we were quite hungry. Well let me tell you, the taste lives up to the beautiful picture that they paint on their wooden boards! If I had one criticism it would be that the granola came with too little yoghurt. As you can see from the picture above, you get a shot glass of yoghurt with a bowl full of granola, they include some milk too but honestly I'd opt for double yoghurt next time. Otherwise the mushrooms on toast and poached eggs were simply incredible and went down a real treat with the group.
And then we moved onto the ever important breakfast dessert, and well........just enjoy ;)
|Little pies that ooze deliciousness|
|Filo pies and gorgeous pear calfouti|
|Buttery croissants and individual cup sized puddings!|