Whether you're want to read the paper, while away an hour or two or get a caffeine kick to fuel a busy day, here on The Suffolk Coast, we roast our own, grind our own and serve some seriously good ristrettos!
We’ve rounded up the best cafés and coffee purveyors across The Suffolk Coast; so the only thing you have to decide upon, is your order; cappuccino, latte or cafetiere?
In no particular order, here's a few of our favourites!
1. The Firestation, Woodbridge
A small café located on Woodbridge’s historic Thoroughfare, The Firestation Cafe serves a wide range of single origin coffees from around the world, which have been roasted on site behind the café in their own ‘roastery’. You can also choose from a delicious range of baked goods, provided by The Cake Shop Bakery, which is located next door to accompany your drink.
And if you stay long enough, you can see the café transform into a cocktail serving, live music playing bar in the evening!
2. Twyfords, Beccles
Serving locally roasted coffee from Harris & James, Twyfords is a popular café and patisserie in the centre of historic Beccles. It’s a tough choice choosing from the delectable selection of cakes to accompany your Viennoise, Cappucino, Latte, Mocha or Americano.
There’s an impressive choice of teas on offer too; plus breakfasts (including The Big Local which features 2 Suffolk sausages, locally smoked bacon, 2 free range eggs with fried local bread, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, hash brown and a baked bean basket) and lunches.
3. Pump Street Bakery, Orford
Whilst primarily a bakery, the café in the Pump Street Bakery, is located within the quintessential Suffolk village of Orford and serves a delicious range of coffees made by their Italian La Marzocco machine named Percy. If you’re a bit peckish, check out the daily specials featuring dishes made from local produce and award-winning cakes and pastries.
And before you leave, make sure you add a few bars of their handmade chocolate – made from beans imported direct from family-farms and co-operatives around the world!
4. Coconut Loft, Lowestoft
Just a stone’s throw from the glorious golden sands of Lowestoft beach, The Coconut Loft is a unique café combining steaming hot beverages and art. Once you’ve ordered from the coffee menu which boasts a range of coffees made with Piacetto Espresso, settle down in one of the beach huts or take a stroll around the gallery to peruse the works of local artists.
There’s a range of wholesome dishes to delve into too, including Thai Green Curry, Chicken and Butternut Squash Tagine and Mexican Chicken with 5 bean Quinoa.
5. The Tea Hut, Woodbridge
You’d be hard pressed to find a café in such tranquil surroundings as The Tea Hut. Situated on the banks of the River Deben in Woodbridge, The Tea Hut serves teas, coffees and cakes alongside a daily lunch menu.
There's a large deck outside, where dogs are welcome to join you as you watch the model boats sail on the pond. Wrap up warm, sit back, and watch the world go by!
6. Earsham Street Café, Bungay
A quaint café serving a wide variety of coffees and teas alongside a daily specials menu, and impressive counter of cakes! The coffee menu includes organic fairtrade, cappuccino, latte, mocha with flavoured shots such as vanilla, hazelnut and bitter orange.
Teas include Egyptian mint, citrus chamomile and ‘Wild Encounter’ plus the expected breakfast and Earl Grey blends.
The 17th century building is set on the town’s historic Earsham Street, where just a short walk along the road, you will find the Earsham Street Deli; a real feast for the eyes and senses, the shop stocks some of Suffolk’s finest food and drink fayre!
7. Urban Jungle, Beccles
Be transported to the wilds of India as you sit amongst the palms and tropical vines at the Urban Jungle Café near Beccles. Grab a seat on one of the super comfy, throw adorned sofas, or head upstairs and snuggle up on the cushions in your own mezzanine snug!
It's a tough choice choosing from the extensive coffee menu; with roasts including Fazenda Pantano from Brazil, Rocko Mountain Natural from Ethiopia and Santa Lucia from Guatamala. Tea lovers are in for a treat too with Ceylon BOP Pomegranate and Blackberry, Mango Sencha Darjeeling Pandam and Mancotta Assam BOP Winter Blend on the menu.
There's a range of delectable dishes available, including a Vegan pie made with shortcrust pastry filled with root vegetables and curry sauce, plus soups, sandwiches, salads and quiches, and the chocolate brownie is to die for!
8. View Point Café, Felixstowe
Views don't get much better than this! Located on the Landguard Peninsula in Felixstowe, you can sit and watch the huge cargo ships come into port whilst sipping your cappucino at the View Point Café. There's a large terrace which so if you're looking for a way to blow away the cobwebs, you're sure to do it here!
The café is open every day except Christmas day too, so it's a fantastic place to get away from it all and escape the hustle and bustle; whatever the time of year.
9. Farm Café & Shop, Marlesford
Sitting alongside the farm shop which sells an array of Suffolk grown and made produce is a delightful café serving Fairtrade filter coffee, cappuccinos, flat whites and machiattos plus a range of teas including earl grey and assam.
There's a delicious breakfast and lunch menu too, with healthy options including granola, Suffolk Meadow Greek yoghurt, muesli and croissants, plus a new vegan menu of salads, jacket potatoes, pittas and sandwiches alongside non vegan options such as bangers and mash and Farm Café steak and mushroom pie.
For more food and drink inspiration, check out The Suffolk Coast's food & drink guide!