Two Gingers will make you a proper coffee

Published: Tuesday 18th July 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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A brand new coffee shop has opened down Paragon Arcade, run by a pair of ginger nuts.

Two Gingers is the brainchild of Luke Foster (above left) and Mayo Binnie (above right). Passionate about proper coffee, the pair first met only a year ago during independent visits to The Blending Room.

“We were both already working in the coffee trade,” says Luke. “Mayo asked if I’d help him out at Leeds Festival, so that’s where it all started.”

Both baristas wanted to go independent, but it was only when they got chatting that their dreams became a shared reality. One day Luke was walking past an empty unit in the arcade, and before they knew it they had the keys.

Thanks to Luke and Mayo stripping the premises down to their listed shell and giving them a simple makeover, Two Gingers is extremely bright and airy.

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“Originally there was a suspended ceiling and a partition wall,” Luke tells us. “When we removed them we found this amazing skylight, which really brightens up the entire place.”

All of the furniture and shelving units have been supplied by Blok CNC, a local workshop that is proving very popular with Hull’s new urban and cultural crowd.

As for the coffee, it’s a single origin Guatemalan bean that isn’t usually used for an espresso. This is due to it being trickier to get right, but Luke and Mayo insist that it’s worth it:

“It’s an amazing bean and more rewarding than the Brazilian blends that are usually used. It makes a fantastic coffee.”

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And we had to agree, as the flat white slipped down quickly and easily thanks to its smooth, velvet character.

This was accompanied by a sweet treat, supplied directly to Two Gingers by Sugar ‘n’ Spice next door:

“We use local providers for everything,” Luke tells us. “The flapjacks and brownies come from Cocoa Bakery, whilst Carrie’s Kitchen will bring the vegan options.”

Two Gingers even sourced the many plants and cacti from nearby, with each one coming from the florist in Paragon Interchange. Meanwhile, some of the plant pots have been designed by local artist Paige Cavill.

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“We’re also looking at working with a local dairy if possible,” adds Luke. “Plus in the future we might work with The Blending Room on a microfarm, so we’ll be the only place in the world using coffee from that particular plot.”

Whilst sustainability, small business and collaboration are very much part of the ethos at Two Gingers, equal focus has been placed on creating a comfortable environment to relax. With the surroundings offering a clean Scandinavian feel and being filled with sunshine and fresh air, it really is perfect for chilling out.

You can find Two Gingers down Paragon Arcade in Hull City Centre. Opening times are Monday-Friday 8am-4pm and Saturday 10am-4pm, so make sure to pop in for a cuppa the next time you’re in the area.

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Published: Tuesday 18th July 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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