After a long wait and much excited chatter on the local foodie scene, Espresso Library on East Road finally opened its sleek and shiny doors in February with a glamorous launch party. Located at the base of the new Parkside Place development, by Cambridge Fire Station, Espresso Library puts its emphasis primarily on providing top-quality coffee. Their coffee machine is a serious bit of kit and they’ve got trained baristas manning the beans.
Food-wise, think home-made cakes and fresh pastries, tasty soups, salads, lunchtime ciabattas and slow-roasted pork brioche buns. Their most unique feature, however, is their rather stylish set of bike racks, allowing customers to bring their cycles into the spacious venue and mount them artfully on the wall while refuelling with a well-earned coffee and cake.
The café is run by Malgo and partner John, himself a keen cyclist. He met Malgo when she worked at Cambridge coffee shop Hot Numbers.
“He was always popping in or cycling past, and became something of a regular. I thought he either lives really close by, or he fancies me!” grins Malgo. “I asked him out in the end and we went jogging for our first date: a mistake, since he was training for an Iron Man!”