My first coffee house review is of Foundation Coffee House on Lever Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Foundation is a recently new addition to the artisan coffee scene in Manchester as it only opened two years ago in 2015. The stripped back, minimalist yet stylish interior plays host to a convenient meeting place for both casual and formal acquaintances.
Foundation serve coffee using both mainstream espresso-based and more experimental brewing methods such as the Aeropress, V60 and Chemex. On my most recent visit, I opted to try a coffee brewed in the Chemex hourglass for the first time. It was smooth and chocolatey as well as having other subtler notes associated with a rich full bodied coffee.
Foundation has at least one coffee paired with each brewing method to bring out the best flavours and other aspects of the coffee beans. This is a particularly handy way of trying new coffees and brewing methods as each coffee is brewed to emphasise its best attributes. I prefer darker coffees with chocolate (surprise, surprise!) or nutty flavour profiles and I tend to find these coffees paired with the v60 when I visit Foundation.
Quirkier caffeinated offerings include ‘Kevlar Coffee’ where an Americano is infused with coconut oil – this is a particularly interesting offering with a delicious and fragrant results. If you prefer an extra strong pick-me-up why not give the Red Eye, Dead Eye or Black Eye coffee a try? With extra espresso shots they are sure to give you an extra boost. If you are bamboozled by all the choices and are unsure of which to go for, ask the team of baristas. I have always found them incredibly knowledgeable and friendly and they are always happy for you to learn a little more about the coffee beans before you decide.
Once you have ordered your coffee you get one of these which I think adds to the experience and makes Foundation a unique place to visit.
A range of real hot chocolates are also available, the pick of which is the 82% Dark Madagascar which has a rich and intense character, although more milky varieties are also available. Teas and other soft drinks can also be purchased but make no mistake, the focus here is on the coffee.
Food offerings include a range of freshly made salads, sandwiches and sweeter offerings such as cakes which compliment their range of hot drinks perfectly for a more indulgent treat.
A private meeting room is available for hire for those looking to get work done although it does come at a price of £15 per hour. Although I have never used the meeting room, it does seem to be a popular feature of this venue.
Foundation have recently expanded, now hosting film nights and later opening times when alcoholic as well as caffeinated beverages can be purchased. The range of craft beer on offer is extensive and well worth a try.
In just two years Foundation Coffee House has grown in popularity and it is clear to see why; with a stylish and spacious interior this is the perfect place to meet up with friends or colleagues to have a chat or get down to business.