There’s coffee, and then there’s ‘coffee’ and today I give to you the latter. Actually it’s not just ‘coffee’, its probably the best coffee I’ve had since I visited Rome the other year; and the Italians know their coffee. And no, I didn’t fly to Rome for the weekend (although it would be nice); I’ve just popped down the road to Swindon, and whiled away the morning at Darkroom Espresso!
It wasn’t my first visit to Darkroom; back in the summer we’d fleetingly popped in to grab a ‘decent takeaway’ coffee before joining the masses on the GWR to Paddington. Its a only a short walk from Swindon station, and if you’re running late, like I usually am, you might have to settle with what calls itself coffee from the station. But, if you arrive a little earlier, I urge you to take the 5 minute stroll to the Darkroom, and I can guarantee you’ll be back sooner rather than later.
Darkroom Espresso is anything but dark. Yes the outside is black, but its unassuming and doesn’t really stand out amongst the brighter shop frontages of the Faringdon Road, but it does quietly scream a little hipster and ‘are we in Swindon or Shoreditch? vibe’. Once inside though it doesn’t matter if your rocking a manbun and beard or a bright pink ski jacket (in my defence it was freezing out) those beautiful simple windows flood the narrow, long, concrete-floored coffee shop in natural light. There’s not a dark spot anywhere, with white walls and simple light bulb lamps adding to the minimalist warmth.
Darkroom Espresso has been on the Swindon coffee scene since 2014 (I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of it before now), but it nearly didn’t make it this far. Originally setup by Andy and Jacky, an Anglo-Australian couple; unfortunately Jacky had to return to her native Australia, and the Darkroom was almost no more. However, before they left Andy and Jacky were able to sell the Darkroom, and now a small but dedicated team of talented baristas are at the helm, ensuring that the ethos of ‘serving only the absolute best coffee, in a relaxed creative space‘ continues.
Sticking with a local supplier ethos, Darkoom get their beans from Round Hill Roastery, down in Bath; who’s aim is to source small lots of the best seasonal harvests, from independent growers, carefully roasted to preserve and compliment the hard work already put into each bean, highlighting the dynamic flavours and sweetness.
I must admit I’m not a coffee aficionado, I’m just more of a caffeine addict; but I like to think I can taste the difference between a well-made, proper coffee and a rushed, high-street coffee. There’s something nice and smooth about the one that’s being lovingly made and nutured, than the one that’s been knocked out to feed the lunchtime rush. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll get my caffeine fix from the high street like the next person, but if the option is there for a little indulgence, I’m there.
So, given the combination of the weather, the availability of fantastic coffee, but then also spying the selection of fresh Pippin doughnuts, we decided it would be rude not to settle in for the morning. Now don’t judge us, but we waded through 4 doughnuts; we had to taste test each flavour of course, with several beautiful lattes helping them on their way; and nearly 3 hours later, two rather giggly sugared, caffeinated ladies emerged into the frosty, sunlight of a Sunday lunchtime.
I sweated over divulging the details of Darkroom Espresso, as I’d like to keep it all to myself for lazy coffee dates. Sunday morning was beautifully relaxed, only broken by the sound of cleats gently tapping over the concrete floor, as the coffee shop’s cycling club departed for their regular Sunday ride out. But I do suggest you try it out sometime, just let me have an hour or so on a Sunday morning first…
Darkroom Espresso, 11 Faringdon Road, Swindon, SN1 5AR
Telephone: 01285 850 033
We visited Darkroom Espresso for Sunday breakfast on our own accord. Thoughts and feelings are my own.
Quite possibly the best coffee ever… and well worth the frosty trip to Swindon for a lazy Sunday catch up with friends 😊#crumbscorkscrews #foodblog #foodblogger #ukblogger #foodbloggeruk #blog #blogger #lifestyle #lifestyleblogger #lifestyleblog #swindon #darkroomespresso #caffeineaddict #coffee #donuts #doughnuts #foodie #foodporn #foodgasm #instafood #fdbloggersuk #fdbloggers #ukfoodblog #ukfoodblogger #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #yahoofood #feedfeed