Expertly prepared coffee in a friendly, informal setting
There are not many baristas who reach the level of dedication achieved by Ivan Hewitt, so it’s well worth popping in to his coffee shop for a bit of caffeine-related chat. It’s a very friendly and informal setting, where creating your perfect cup of coffee is the top priority: ‘The best thing is seeing people’s appreciation,’ says Ivan.
A tea-drinking Yorkshireman, he became a coffee convert after visiting his son in Sydney. With his chef wife Susan, he first opened a cafe in Truro before moving to Wells to create his perfect coffee shop. It’s simply and lightly decorated, with a little outside courtyard, and good food from Susan – often matched to the coffees. Ivan has trained with Origin and Allpress and takes every opportunity to develop his coffee knowledge; on a day off, he’ll be out visiting top coffee spots.
His enthusiasm and northern charm is infectious and has seen the shop develop a loyal local following. ‘People who like good coffee come to us,’ Ivan says. ‘They’ll even cycle to us from outside the county.’ And if he is travelling and can’t find a specialist coffee shop? ‘I’ll make do with a cup of tea.’
Key roaster: Allpress
Brewing methods: V60 pourover, syphon, AeroPress and cold brew
Machine: La Marzocco Linea
Grinder: Mazzer Kony, Super Jolly, Vario