[Mayor Norris with Maria Dolan on her first day of the Roots to Work scheme funded by the Combined Authority]
A community café in Whiteway has sold its 12,000th coffee – after just nine months of trading – to none other than Metro Mayor, Dan Norris.
Bath City Farm café – located on the 37-acre farm site – opened to the public last May after seven months of building work.
From bullet-strong espressos to more complex brews, Bath City Farm’s nine-month-old café serves up caffeine in all its most delicious forms. What’s more, they source their beans from coffee masters Roundhill Roastery in Radstock so the whole experience is a truly Bath and NE Somerset affair.
Plus the farm café grow as much of the food on the menu on site as possible with yummy dishes on offer including their breakfast baps made with farm-reared bacon and sausages – a firm favourite among peckish Bathonians.
As the twelve-thousandth drink buyer, the Metro Mayor received a cake baked especially by the team to enjoy with his expertly brewed cup of Joe. And chatting over cake and coffee, the Mayor heard first-hand from Bath residents gaining valuable work experience at the café as part of a £50,000 training course funded by his West of England Mayoral Authority. He got chatting with Maria Dolan on her very first day working at the cafe as part of the Combined Authority-funded Roots to Work scheme run by the Bath City Farm team.
Metro Mayor Dan Norris, who is running an Eat Local campaign, said: “Bath City Farm Café is the city’s go-to for cut-above caffeine and delicious local produce – grown right here on the farm! It was great to celebrate their coffee-roasting success – it certainly perked me up! I’ve said many times I want businesses of all shapes and sizes in Bath, and the West, to thrive. The café team figured it all out and here we are – 12,000 cups later. There’re so many quality products around us so it really does pay to eat, drink and shop local”.
Alison Howell, Communication and Development Lead at Bath City Farm, added: “We really enjoyed welcoming Metro Mayor Dan Norris to the Bath City Farm Community Cafe this afternoon to enjoy our 12 000th coffee. It’s amazing that we have sold that many coffees since we opened in May last year to the local community. The cafe is a great place for people to meet, enjoy breakfast, lunch or coffee and cake and take in the stunning views across the city of Bath.”