During my continual search for independent coffee shops in the North, I’d been struggling to find any in Huddersfield. Thankfully social media came to the rescue, pointing me in the direction of The Coffee Kabin, based in Huddersfield.
I ventured over at the end of July, and met owner Simon Frewin who’s originally from the town to find out more. Opened just a couple of months, this coffee house takes pride in its independent status, focussing on using the best coffee from artisan roasters around the UK and is located in close proximity to Huddersfield University.
Simon fell in love with the drink whilst spending time in New Zealand on a rugby tour, some four years ago. At the time he was serving 100’s of coffees a day in 35°C during the daily grind in a restaurant. I wondered if it was easy to enjoy the drink so much in that heat, but Simon said it was easy to fall in love with the drink when great coffee is the norm over there, regardless of the temperature. Fair enough!!
Even though they looked at other areas like Leeds and Ackworth, they finally decided on Huddersfield, where they knew the area well and could establish themselves without the competition of other well known establishments. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t have future plans to open up another Coffee Kabin elsewhere, there’s certainly no rush as Simon has a realistic outlook, with the plan to establish themselves in Huddersfield and build their reputation there first.
Local coffee roaster The Grumpy Mule produce their house coffee Widescreen, chosen because it suits a wide range of customer tastes and is an easy drinking coffee. They regularly host guest coffee; such as Origin and Workshop Cult of Done. At the time of my visit they were showcasing coffee from Berlin roasters The Barn on Aeropress, indicating the seriousness of this coffee establishment. Other brewing methods such as V-60 and Chemex are techniques Simon would also like to employ in the future to.
Apart from the coffee, they take pride in the sourcing of their baked goods, using Garforth’s well respected Dumouchel Bakery. Even though food is an important part of the service The Coffee Kabin provides customers, their primary focus is the quality of the coffee.
He admits that with all new businesses, there’s a steep learning curve, but it’s been worth the hard slog and fully understands the need for this to continue to make it a success. Up to that point he’d started to enjoy seeing regular customers and gradually familiarising himself with the local community more.
In the future Simon would love to hold brewing classes, to hold antipasti/wine evenings and make more use of the generous space they are lucky to have. Possibly to employ a chef to start serving brunch!!
Their first cupping session is Saturday 13th August, where they’ll be hosting The Grumpy Mule. If you’re interested in coffee it’s a great way of finding out more!The Coffee Kabin 37-39 Queensgate HD1 2RD Huddersfield 07980 373 699 http://www.thecoffeekabin.com