Colonna and Small’s – Providing Incredible Coffee for an Incredible City
If you are one of the many locals who lament the demise of our individual, independent and speciality shops in favour of the faceless, impersonal and lack-lustre stores then you just have to visit Colonna and Smalls on Chapel Row.
Since 2009 Max and his wife, Lesley, have been busily educating the people of Bath in the ways and wonders of the coffee bean. Not just a coffee shop, the former art gallery has been creatively used to include a fascinating ‘Brew Bar’ (my favourite bit) in full sight of the seating area. Here you can watch your chosen coffee individually brewed to perfection. The wonderful staff, all trained by Max, are a breathe of fresh air too, happily explaining both the different blends and procedures.
If you want more, then downstairs, there are Tasting Courses. Aimed at parties of between 4 and 8 people, this is the perfect way to learn just how diverse coffee can be and allows the passionate baristas here to impart their knowledge. You may want to go a step further and do their Training Barista Course. Either way, you are in excellent hands, with Max as last years South West Barista of the Year, and his highly trained staff to guide you.
Please visit colonnaandsmalls.co.uk to contact Max for more details.
Even if you are not an aspiring barista, a little knowledge about what has become one our favourite beverages is no bad thing. From the menu to the smiling barista serving you, you cannot fail to leave Colonna and Smalls with a little more understanding of the humble bean. This gem of a place, for me, has become the very embodiment of Bath, full of passion, excellent taste and pure indulgence.
©Lisa Lee 2012
Colonna and Small’s