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.
You will have probably noticed that since August the gigs at Gwydir Street have been taking five. We took the difficult decision to pause our much loved live music programming so we could engage in dialogue with Cambridge City Council who issued us a noise abatement order earlier this year.
The ethos of how and why we host live music at Hot Numbers has always been about inclusivity and making inspiring music accessible to all.
We have no door fee and no age restriction allowing people of all ages and incomes to experience live music up close in a safe and welcoming space. We curate our music with love, giving opportunities to young musicians to perform in front of an audience for the first time, booking local grass roots talent, and internationally renowned artists, championing diversity and equality.
The cultural contribution we make to this city is significant, whilst our gigs support the livelihoods of committed professional musicians working hard to make a living from music. We crowd fund the musicians fees and take nothing from the gigs ourselves.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our audiences for supporting and appreciating live music, we’ve shared many special moments together and hope there will be more.
In the meantime watch this space and give us a follow on social media, you’ll be the first to know when we have some news. Better still come in for a coffee, there’s a great exhibition up at the moment and always something on the stereo.
***UPDATE*** All of our gigs booked for the 4th edition of The Cambridge International Jazz Festival including Martin Kemp’s much loved Mingusology have found alternative venues across town. Martin’s gig on Saturday 17th November will now be hosted at The Cormack Room The University Centre Granta Place Mill Lane Cambridge, CB2 1RU
Get out there and enjoy live music!