Smooth coffee, scrumptious cakes and swinging jazz tunes – The Mobile Jazz Cafe has arrived in Trinity Leeds.
The Mobile Jazz Cafe is the brainchild of Greg Gallagher, a jazz drummer with a passion for coffee. Over the years, he’s worked as a barista in some of the city’s finest coffee shops, but now he’s going it alone with The Mobile Jazz Cafe, a converted tuk-tuk that serves speciality coffee to a soundtrack of jazz standards. Over the last year, he’s taken it to Leeds Food Festival, Leeds Pride and Leeds Winter Market, but this latest pop-up is his most ambitious job yet.
He’s taking over BLK BX in Trinity Leeds for the next month. It’s a big step towards his dream of opening a permanent cafe in the city. The venue has been transformed into a cool, modern coffee shop with a monochrome colour scheme. Matt-black walls and dark-wood furniture contrast against the cream tuk-tuk and bright white coffee machine. Gallagher handpicked all the furniture and made the bar, so it’s got a real personal touch.
When it comes to coffee, Gallagher is an expert. Having worked as a barista for years, he knows a good espresso when he tastes one. He sampled a vast array of blends to seek out the best beans for his shop. In the end, he went with Union Hand Roasted Coffee, a speciality roasters that produces delicious blends with a strong sustainable ethos. “They use importers, but they also have relationships with the farmers and they invest in the farms in these countries to give them a fair wage,” he explained. “You know when you’re buying coffee from them you’re buying something really ethical.”
You can enjoy Union’s fair-trade beans in all the usual coffee-shop favourites. Think cappuccinos, lattes and mochas. Want a double shot or extra frothy milk? He’s happy to make your coffee just the way you like it. Tea-lovers won’t be disappointed either, as he has proper Yorkshire Tea alongside Tea Pigs herbal blends.
Why not pair your drink with a freshly baked cake? These handmade treats are seriously indulgent. His signature bake is a peanut butter blondie. Sweet, salty and oh-so-gooey, it’s a white chocolate brownie loaded with crunchy peanut butter and topped with peanuts. But that’s just one of the delicious options on the menu. He’s constantly experimenting with new gluten-free and vegan treats like the dairy-free spiced walnut carrot cake, which is topped with sweet bean cream frosting.
Gallagher has carefully curated a playlist of smooth jazz tunes to play in the cafe. It spans decades of the jazz movement, so expect 1920s classics alongside the latest jazz-inspired tracks. He constantly adds new music into the mix to keep it fresh and he also has plans for live jazz bands to play in the evenings.
The Mobile Jazz Cafe is a pop-up coffee-shop with speciality brews, delectable cakes and smooth jazz, all served out of a tuk-tuk. It’s only here for a month, so check it out while you can.
The Mobile Jazz Cafe has taken over BLK BX in Trinity Leeds. It’s open from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays.