Great George Street is quickly becoming our go-to destination for quality coffee and tasty eats…
Episode One is the latest indie to open on Great George Street. It’s an independent coffee shop from Kyle O’Neill and Maeve Kenny. Originally from Ireland, they were drawn to Leeds by the city’s thriving coffee scene – and they wanted to be a part of it. Now they’ve made that dream a reality and we all get to benefit.
They’ve taken inspiration from coffee shops all over the world. Kyle has been in the coffee business for five years, and Maeve caught the bug when they got together, although her experience lies in wine. Since then, they’ve made it a priority to stop at the local coffee shops every time they travel – and now, those visits and the ideas that came off the back of them have helped them to create their own place.
Inside, they’ve got a simple, minimalist approach that takes its cue from Nordic design, so you can expect lots of natural, earthy hues. Their furniture has been handmade by a local designer using reclaimed wood and they’ve coupled it with colourful cushions to brighten up your day.
Despite the modern decor, there’s something wonderfully old-fashioned about what they’re doing here. “We have a passion for great coffee and making it more than just great service. We love to spark up a conversation with customers about what they like, what they’ve tried and we often try their ideas if they’re new to us too,” Maeve told us. “It’s all about the community at Episode One. We love to share our knowledge with others, and in the future we will be running workshops for everyone from coffee enthusiasts to upcoming baristas.”
Now for the coffee. Their coffee making style is led by Aussie-Kiwi coffee culture, the birthplace of third wave coffee, which is why they’ve chosen Ozone Coffee as their house brew. It comes from London, but it’s made by a couple from New Zealand. That won’t be the only coffee on offer here though, you can also try their guest roasters.
“Our pour-overs will change every month. We have some awesome coffees lined up that we’re super excited about. Choose between a Bee House for one or a Chemex to share with friends. Tasting notes will be provided to help avid coffee drinkers pick out all the wonderful flavours that you get with a pour-over.”
All their coffees are single origin, because they believe that’s the best way to showcase the work of each producer and to experience the full range of flavours. Couple that with Jersey milk or your choice of alternative milks, and you’ve got a quality brew on your hands. And the teas are equally good. They’ve got proper Yorkshire Tea, their own Irish Lyons Tea and a selection of loose leaf teas.
Alongside the coffee, you can indulge in a menu of homemade eats. Start the day with porridge, granola, bircher bowls or sourdough toast with all your favourite toppings. Later in the day, you can indulge in grilled sandwiches, avocado on toast or one of their seasonal stews and salads, which could include anything from lamb tagine to butternut squash salad.
The independent coffee community just got a little bit bigger, so next time you fancy a brew, why not check out Episode One?
Episode One, 83 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BR. It’s open from 7am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays.