Offering a little slice of serenity in the midsts of Trinity Leeds, Jamaica Blue is a new cafe that aims to help you escape the hustle and bustle of the shopping madness.
The new Jamaica Blue cafe in Leeds is the third to open in the UK, but the brand itself is a global hit. It started life in Australia in 1989, and has since spread across the world and they now have 170 venues in 7 countries. When it came to the UK, Cambridge was their first choice, then came Chelmsford, and now Trinity Leeds has joined the fray.
So what’s it all about? Well, it’s inspired by Jamaica, as you might have guessed. The coffee comes from the Blue Mountains, one of the best coffee producing regions in the world, and the ethos also takes its cue from the Caribbean island, more specifically from one of their favourite sayings. ‘Wan wan coco ful baskit’ basically means that success doesn’t come suddenly, it takes time – and that’s certainly true here, as they’ve built their empire from scratch over 27 years.
“Jamaica Blue was built on two simple beliefs that have guided everything,” Lisa Palmer, General Manager explained. “A belief in sourcing the very best coffee and a belief in using only fresh, locally sourced ingredients.” The proof is in the pudding, so you’ll have to try it for yourself to see if they’ve pulled it off, but you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get stuck in, because they’re open from breakfast through to dinner, with a menu that has something for everyone.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it certainly takes priority on the Jamaica Blue menu. You can go for something quick, like sourdough toast, savoury croissants and fruit bread or get down to some serious breakfast business with their hot dishes. We’re talking pancakes smothered in maple syrup and bacon, or alternatively blueberries and vanilla, alongside fry ups, sarnies and avocado smash.
Lunch is a surprisingly diverse affair, as peri peri chicken burgers rub shoulders with pork meatballs served with a parmesan flatbread, an almond & sesame chicken schnitzel focaccia and three cheese macaroni with bacon. Then after 5pm, they start with dinner – think caesar salad, fish tacos and spicy quinoa & sweet potato fritters, sandwiched between starters and puddings, depending on just how much space you have to spare.
For Lisa, it’s not just about the dishes themselves though – it’s what and how they’re made that will make Jamaica Blue stand out, “It’s all about ingredients. Every dish served at a Jamaica Blue café is created using simple, fresh, quality ingredients; our recipes are simple and uncomplicated – classic dishes with a twist. Also our menu is conceived to make the most of locally sourced, seasonal produce.”
And the same goes for the coffee, which is as much of a draw here as the food. They have everything from flat whites and cappuccinos to piccolo, affogato and chilled lattes, so you’re sure to find your favourite on the menu, but with a Blue Jamaica twist. “Since we opened our doors, back in 1989, we have been sourcing the best coffee beans in the world to create the perfect coffee experience. We also create our own unique blend, the Jamaica Blue Signature Blend,” Lisa told us.
Trinity Leeds can be something of a maze if you’ve never been before (hell, sometimes it befuddles us and we’ve been in a million times), so if you want to check out Jamaica Blue, you’ll find it on the top floor, between Costa Coffee and The Entertainer – let us know what you think in the comments.
Jamaica Blue, Trinity Leeds, 27 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5ER.