Coffee connoisseurs are in for a treat when they pay a visit to the latest addition to Cleveland Centre, Cupeno Coffee.
Following a £100,000 refit of the 1,700 sq ft unit, Cupeno Coffee will open this Saturday (September 10) on Newton Mall within Middlesbrough’s largest shopping centre, opposite the established 02 store.
And there’s good news for job-seekers too, with the café’s owners looking to recruit more experienced baristas and chefs, together with a “sandwich artist”!
The brains behind Cupeno Coffee expect to create up to 30 jobs at the Cleveland Centre unit, with many more to follow when further coffee shops open in Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham over the next two years.
Explaining the ethos behind Cupeno Coffee, manager Catherine Putson said: “Coffee is the new wine and coffee shops are the new pubs.
“We’re new to this market but we carried out extensive research and it’s clear that coffee shops are stimulating the high street. They’ve become a big part of the British culture. There’s definitely a gap in the market for us to take on the corporate coffee giants.
“Cupeno is a coffee connoisseur’s dream, offering speciality coffees that are all 100% Arabica available, all organic, freshly roasted and ground on demand.
“This is the place to come for the best quality coffee you can get at prices that won’t sting people in the pocket. We also have one pricing structure on coffee, whether you take out or sit in.
“Café Cupeno will be a home away from home with intimate booths and comfortable chairs – a place to relax and enjoy the very best coffee and fresh, good quality food.”
Supplied by a Northallerton-based Rounton Coffee, Catherine says the Cupeno blend is a mixture of blends from Colombia, Brazil and El Salvador, while the products are organic, Fair Trade and Rain Forest Alliance accredited.
Café Cupeno has also invested in top-of-the-range equipment including barista machines and ovens for a range of fresh food including paninis, toasties, baguettes and sandwiches.
Catherine, who has been appointed alongside chef Mick Harrison, added: “A lot of hard work and stress has gone into this project but we’re excited about the future and really hope the people of Teesside will call in on their next visit to the Cleveland Centre.”
And she promised: “Any food we have left at the end of each day will be delivered to local homeless people.
“We want to make Cupeno Coffee a real hub for the local community, so we have plans for charity coffee mornings and opportunities to showcase local musical talents.”
Cupeno’s £100,000 fit-out is inspired by late 18th Century industrial heritage, with interior design carried out by local firm Arc 1 under the watchful eye of project manager Martin Streich.
Cleveland Centre manager Graeme Skillen said: “It’s fantastic that Café Cupeno have chosen Cleveland Centre to open their first store. It’s in a great spot close to the entrance to Wesley Mall, so I’m sure it will proven a big hit with shoppers.”
• Pictured (above): Staff Amy-Rose Johnson, Amin Sanghera and Catherine Putson celebrate the opening of Cupeno Coffee in Cleveland Centre.