COFFEE. MUSIC. CONVERSATION.
We opened the first Hot Numbers in 2011 just off Mill Road, on Gwydir St - naming it in memory of Hot Numbers Record Store that traded for years on the adjacent street.
The vision was for a space to combine good music and good coffee and a friendly meeting place for the locals.
A few years down the line we've opened a second shop closer to the historic centre of Cambridge (on Trumpington St.), introduced more brunch offerings and opened a Roastery in Stapleford to serve both shops and a growing number of wholesale customers.
UNIT 5/6 DALE'S BREWERY
THURS, FRI 7am-11:00PM
NO. 4 TRUMPINGTON ST.
SUN 8AM - 6PM
QUALITY COFFEE. Quality life.
Grown to exacting standards, hand picked when ripe and carefully processed to maximise flavour potential
to be GRADED as "speciality" the green beans needs a score of 80% -- We buy mostly 85% and above.
Using the best technology on offer, to showcase all the farmer's hard work.
Brew recipes are tested, espresso tasted and grinders adjusted throughout the day to ensure the flavour stays on point.
Growing coffee is a complex process. Growing speciality coffee is even harder. Many people are involved in the farming, picking, processing and export of the coffee cherry- every link in the supply chain is carefully controlled to ensure the beans retain all their best qualities. If the quality isn't there the coffee only reaches the commodity market- at a tenth of the price that specialty grades fetch.
BETTER COFFFE, BETTER FLAVOUR, BETTER LIFE.
We only buy green arabica that meets the Speciality Grade. Often, to make that grade, the coffee needs to be grown in more sustainable ways. Less intensive methods that allow for soil improvement, reduction of pesticides and modernisation of processing both increase the quality of the crop and help to protect the environment.
As a result of this higher demand for better quality coffee the production costs increase, which is reflected in the retail price, but this can only be a good thing- Since coffee's early commodification it has struggled to sell at a price which truly reflects the cost of growing, so much so that less and less farmers are choosing to grow coffee, preferring much more profitable and easier to grow crops.
In short - better coffee improves our experience as coffee lovers and helps to improve lives of Coffee Farmers and their communities!
Fresh roasts are available to buy online and from either of our Cambridge cafes.
Plum & Apple Granola
w/ Greek Yoghurt 6.90
Raspberry & Coconut Pannacotta
w/ Pistachios & oats (VEGAN) 6.90
Banana Chai Porridge
w/ Pecans & almonds (Vegan) 5.50
Kimchi & Feta Eggs
w/ Sourdough toast 8.50
on homemade Cornbread (GF) 7.90
Smoky Bacon on buttered Sourdough bread 5.90
With Gluten free and Vegan options our brunch menu changes with the seasons above is just a small selection of our favourite dishes. For the full list of dishes and the kitchen times for each shop take a look at the menus here:
LIVE MUSIC at GWYDIR ST.
Every Thursday & Friday night we turn the lights down low, light some candles and settle in for live music from some of the best local and national musicians. Admission is free, but to get the band a decent pay packet at the end of the night we run a "name your price" policy- We suggest £5 as a donation, whatever ends up in the pot goes straight to the musicians at the end of the night!
Straight-ahead modern jazz- both well known and lesser-known standards get an outing from a rotating lineup of musicians curated and hosted by Kevin Flanagan. On these evenings we get our chefs to re-open the kitchen and plate up some dishes of their own devising- the menu will change week on week, but you can always expect something delicious and hearty.
Jazz, Folk, Blues & World all get fair coverage in our Friday programming. For a lively start to the weekend we have a good range of interesting beers in bottles, cans and on draught, some excellent wines and the requisite espresso martini.
For Food, Steak & Honour, Cambridge's favourite gourmet burger van pulls up out front.