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 to serve both shops and a growing number of wholesale customers.
UNIT 5/6 DALE'S BREWERY
MON-SAT | 7am-6pm
SUN | 8AM-6PM
NO. 4 TRUMPINGTON ST.
MON-FRI | 7AM-7PM
SAT | 7am-6PM 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 need 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.
Apple and blackberry porridge
With apple, almonds, farmhouse crumb, walnuts lemon sorrel £5.50
Green Thai Salmon Bowl
Salmon, rice, cucumber, pickled carrot, peanuts £6.90
Raspberry Smoothie Bowl (Vegan)
Blueberries, puffed rice, seeds £6.90
Kimchi & Feta Eggs
w/ Sourdough toast £8.50
on homemade Cornbread (GF) £7.90
Smoky back 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.
Hot Numbers is delighted to announce the return of live gigs to Gwydir St this spring!
JAZZ is coming home to Hot Numbers and we couldn’t have done it without you. From everyone here, we’d like to say a loud thank you for the letters of support and lobbying.
The Commercial and Licensing team at Cambridge city council have decided not to see through a threatened prosecution deeming it `not in the public interest' something clear to us from the many persuasive testimonials you shared with us about the inclusion you have felt at our gigs and their cultural and community value.
We are happy Commercial and Licensing at City Council will be working with us to restart the nights. We may make a few changes but it’s going to be really exciting and we can’t wait to share that with you.
WATCH THIS SPACE for news and once again, Thank YOU!
A special thank you goes out to MP for Cambridge Daniel Zeichner for his help and support.