Nearly 1,000 years ago a lonely goatherd, no this is not an introduction to The Sound of Music, in Ethiopia noticed that his goats would sometimes go a bit wild, a bit crazy and dance and jump around. This lonely goat herd, Kaldi, also noticed that the goats behaved this way after eating the berries off of nearby bushes. He experimented and made a beverage out of the berries and as the sign says:
The rest is history
That very history comes to life in Southampton’s newest, brightest and warmest welcoming coffee shop ‘NAKED’; ‘the health conscious coffee shop’.
Located less than 500 metres from the Central Railway station in one direction and less than 500 metres from The Mayflower Theatre in the opposite direction, NAKED’ is perfectly located for meeting friends or just having a break away from the busy streets of Southampton.
Instead of looking at your iPhone while having your coffee take a look at this for a ceiling:
On the set menu there are thirteen coffees to choose from plus ‘Chilli Coffees’ and when ‘NAKED’ has an alcohol licence there will be an Espresso Martini, Cafésoft drinks and daily specials Shakerato and Bailey’s Latte on offer. The 11 standard coffee choices such as Latte, Mocha, and Espresso all come with a twist. Customers can choose which beans or combination of beans they would like their drink to be blended from. The beans on offer are The Brazilian, The Virgin and The Smooth Operator which is described as ‘rich and fruity a great all rounder’. That is me down to a T.
Speaking of which there is a wide range of large loose leaf teas and chais available as well.
In addition to the beverages ‘NAKED’ also offer toasted ciabattas, toasted sandwiches, patisserie and daily specials. So there is something to cater for everyone from children of all ages including gluten free and vegan choices.
The customer area is split on to three floors in modern white surroundings with minimalist furniture. Most of the tables have power points so while you are recharging over a coffee your iPad. iPhone or laptop can recharge as well. I didn’t have a chance to use the WIFI but I have every confidence that the owners have made sure this is working.
Officially ‘NAKED’ is not open until 23rd November so between now and then this smart new venue is going through a shakedown to ensure all of the equipment is working properly and the colleagues can cope with any situation; including the flood of customers this new, bright and vibrant place deserves.
Naked – The Health Conscious Coffee Shop
66 Commercial Road
Open 7 days a week
Mon – Fri 0800 to 1800
Sat 0900 to 1700
Sun 0900 to 1600