We get up, we get ready and we all find ways to get through the day. We find happiness within chaos and balance within variables. Some find solace in privacy and silence and some escape through the company of others. Enter 92 degrees, the place where both can retreat and where the one constant is good coffee.
The name is inspired by what they believe to be the best temperature for coffee extraction. A way to pay homage to the humble bean and and harnesses all its flavour. We left our thermometers at home on this occasion so we’ll have to take their word for it. Coffee shops are getting tainted with the same student accommodation brush where people are asking “Do we really need another one?”. Five years after first paying them a visit, we can assure you that these guys still stand out from the rest.
They’ve currently got four locations across Merseyside – the original site up on the corner of Hope St and Hardman St, a store on Myrtle Street by the campus, the Baltic-based roastery on Jamaica Street, and their latest venture, an exquisite 1920’s bank building on Lord Street in Southport. They’ve held their position in the community for over 5 years now, and have grown rapidly in that time. They supply wholesale coffee for a range of businesses all over the North West, and have launched a successful subscription service that allows you to receive regular care packages of their beans straight to your door.
Britain has always been known for being a tea drinking country but modern terrain has changed the way we think, act and consequently, the way we drink. We guzzle oil and coffee in equal measures and depending on where you buy it, those two things could end up tasting the same. Liverpool is a city full of coffee shops so you’re probably thinking, what makes 92 degrees different? They had all sorts of elaborate USP’s planned about mish-mashing the world of vinyl and coffee together, ideas about bringing augmented reality and coffee together but as those ideas sit on the back burner, or should we say “coffee roaster”, it was where simplicity was born and chosen over the fancy. Hunks of steely machinery with knobs and levers coming out of every corner don’t usually make the most beautiful centrepiece, but the machine in the Baltic Roastery is a work of art. They’re the only coffee shop in Liverpool that has a roaster on site and one of the few out of the whole North West that roast their own fresh beans daily. They decided to unveil the magic behind the coffee like a maverick who had been kicked out of the magic circle. Less David Blaine and more flat white.
We’ve only ever known a coffee bean to be dark in colour but when it is picked, the fruit is cherry red and the bean inside is an off-green. The roasting process is where the green beans turn dark in colour, and with it the flavours and aromas are developed. There’s a certain romance behind watching the whole process. It isn’t all about the coffee mind, they’ve got more tea than a Liverpudlian Nan and it comes in all different flavours. They also have a variety of locally-sourced cakes, brownies, and all other sweet sins. 92 is an unfussy environment, an ever-developing working progress that is rustic yet distressed.
92 pride themselves in their quality and consistency, their position in the centre of the community, and their promotion of accessibility for all into the coffee world – and yet, their image is one that is subtle, unobtrusive, and welcoming. Independent Liverpool card holders will be happy to know that it is 10% off everything any day of the week. Check out their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter here to keep up with their latest news and promotions.