I was disappointed to discover Archers Ice Cream Parlour on Acorn Road had closed down until I visited its replacement, Navaho Coffee. Having relocated from Colbalt Business Park just recently, this small cafe has built up a reputation for serving great quality coffee and light bites to the students and yummy mummies of Jesmond alike.
I popped in for lunch with Dinky early doors, and just managed to grab a table in the 30 seater cafe. With free Wifi, many had their heads stuck in laptops while nursing their coffees.
I ordered a Cheese Panini, which I thought was expensive at £4.80. There were no accompanying crisps or a few salad leaves, which I felt was disappointing. It wasn’t a particularly large sandwich either. More reasonable in price were other food options according to the menu, such as Huevos Ranchos ( an omelette enchilla, £4.95), a stack of Pancakes (Banana or Nutella at £4.55), or a vegan-friendly Coconut Milk Porridge (£2.90). With blended juices and smoothies, as well as their American street food style eggs, I’m sure Navaho will be a popular stop off on the way back from the gym on a Saturday or Sunday morning for the residents of Jesmond.
As I’m not a coffee drinker I had to return with Mr. Canny to get his opinion. The Popping Candy Cappuccino sounded interesting, but the regular Soy Milk Latte won out for him. Navaho charge an extra 50p for soy milk or decaf, which was another disappointment. I heartily recommend the Hot Chocolate which was sweet and creamy. Don’t be fooled by the cup sizes either. A tall is quite small in the takeaway options, so it’s worth paying a little more for the venti option.
I thought I’d heard it all on the coffee front having worked at Costa during my university years as a Barista until I enquired what the Bulletproof Coffee was on Navaho’s menu. Shots of espresso are mixed with coconut oil and butter to create what sounds like a vile drink to me. Apparently it doesn’t taste bad at all, according to friends who’ve tried it. Believed to aid weight loss due to the reaction between the fats and the caffeine, I’m sure more places will start to serve it as awareness of the fad grows.
Mr. Canny is quite unhappy at the additional charge for soy milk so I don’t think we will be returning. When Navaho have coconut milk already on the menu it strikes me as unfair they do this. Those with a lactose intolerance or who follow a plant-based diet should not be penalised in such a fashion, and cafes need to be careful of imposing charges like this on those who chose follow ‘special’ diets for fear they alienate a potential client base. Such a shame for me as their Hot Chocolate is delicious. Contrary to popular opinion, soy milk is actually cheaper than dairy in some supermarkets, and it’s becoming commonplace for people to want alternative ‘milks’ in their drinks. Most independents we’ve visited don’t charge, so perhaps Navaho should rethink this.
Thanks for reading,
*UPDATE* Since posting, the owner of Navaho has contacted me via the Canny Food Twitter account and said they will no longer charge for soy milk based on the feedback. Great to see a business considering the opinions of their customers, both existing and potential. Well done and thank you, Asam!