‘I went to Reading’s ‘best’ coffee shop according to Tripadvisor and it was miles better than Costa’

If you walk around Reading town centre at the moment you’ll see a sea of people with an iced coffee in hand. As temperatures warm up there’s nothing better than a refreshing iced beverage to quench the thirst.

Reading high street has an eclectic mix of coffee shops. There are Costa Coffees a’plenty, but there are also some independent coffee shops as well as some lesser-known chains including Bru Coffee and Gelato.

As an avid coffee drinker, I’ve tried a lot of coffee from different cafes in town. One place that I hadn’t yet tried, however, was Coffee Under Pressure.

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I saw online that the shop was listed as Reading’s ‘best’ place for coffee and I knew I had to check it out. According to an updated June 2022 list by TripAdvisor Coffee Under Pressure is the ‘best’ coffee shop in Reading, with other popular independent coffee shops such as Workhouse and Lincoln Coffee House placing slightly further down the list.

The ‘best’ places for coffee in Reading according to TripAdvisor:

  1. Coffee Under Pressure – St.Mary’s Butts
  2. Picnic Foods – Market Place
  3. The Fisherman’s Cottage – Kennett Side
  4. Rustic Cafe – Lower Earley
  5. Lincoln Coffee House – Kings Road
  6. The Coffee Van – Bridge Street
  7. Workhouse Coffee – King Street and Oxford Road
  8. Anonymous Coffee – based out of the Grumpy Goat
  9. Coffee Under Pressure – Blagrave Street, Reading
  10. Costa Coffee – High Street, Twyford

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I have to say it was quite a relief to see Costa Coffee placed in tenth. Most towns are filled to the brim with coffee chains and even though Reading is as well, there are quite a few independent gems dotted around the town and the wider borough as well.

TripAdvisor works out the ‘best’ cafes, restaurants, etc via its ranking system. People leave reviews and rate the venue out of five and this will affect where it places on its lists.

The coffee menu at Coffee Under Pressure.
The coffee menu at Coffee Under Pressure.
(Image: Hannah Roberts)

Coffee Under Pressure is currently scored four out of five stars on the website and I can understand why. On entering the premises I found that the staff were very friendly and the inside clean and simple.

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I bought an iced latte with oat milk for £3.60 and the barista quickly whipped up my order. Coffee has increased in price by quite a lot this year but I found that the prices were not too bad. If you want a normal latte then this will cost you £2.90. In comparison a latte at Costa costs around £3.35.

An iced oat milk latte from Coffee Under Pressure.
An iced oat milk latte from Coffee Under Pressure.
(Image: Hannah Roberts)

The coffee itself wasn’t too strong or bitter and had a real depth of flavour. It tasted rich and creamy, which is just what you want from an iced latte.

The quality was far superior to the coffee you receive at big chain cafes which I think tend to taste weak and watery. Having tried a lot of different cafes in Reading I can say that this one is probably the best place to get a coffee. There’s also a range of different snacks on offer alongside an extensive hot chocolate and tea menu.

Reviews on TripAdvisor demonstrate why the cafe is such a Reading gem. Customer Leovinas said: “As cafe mocha drinkers, we can confirm that CUP’s mochas are the best in Reading.

“We come in whenever we’re in town; the cafe always has friendly and welcoming staff. They sell hot and cold drinks, and pastries with a particularly Greek theme. They also sell bags of ground coffee and loose-leaf tea to take home.”

Another customer with the user name Kjacko said that the shop was a “nice little find” they’d discovered as they were “bored of the standard coffee chains.”

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