There are so many cafes and coffee shops in Skipton you are spoilt for choice but Steep and Filter at 14 Otley Street has some interesting USPs. It caters for vegetarians and vegans and it it has a little eco store selling everything from ethical tea and coffee to eco toothbrushes and shampoos.
It’s about to diversify into bulk wholefood refill so customers can shun plastic and bring in their own Kilner jars, bottles, bags and boxes to carry home everything from grains, seeds and pulses to spices, oils and vinegar.
The menu is interesting with all-day vegan and veggie breakfasts. I’ve tried the hash and scrambles and its fantastic. There is an exciting selection of teas and the coffee is excellent – and I am super fussy. I like it smooth but rich and my flat white made with oat milk was perfect (if you haven’t tried coffee with oat milk do give it a go. It’s lovely).
The coffee is sourced from Leeds-based North Star Coffee and they buy it from coffee co-operatives in Kenya. Steep and Filter also sell bags of North Star coffee. The main body of the bag is carbon neutral in its manufacturing process and can be recycled in your general waste. The sleeve is made in the UK from single use coffee cups and can also be recycled, along with the biodegradable tape that seals to bag.
There are lots of nice little touches at Steep and Filter but my favourites is the Book Swap section. The shelves full of random reads are topped by leaflets, guides and booklets with imformation about what’s on in the area and where to visit.