Higgler2The West-Country Higgler
Proprietor – Laurence Norman
East Street, North Side
Bridport DT6 3LL
Open: 8 – mid-afternoon
Saturday and Wednesday markets
(also Bridport Antiques Centre, Sunday and Monday)

Look for the Land Rover, stripped to bare metal, and there you will find the Higgler (itinerant merchant, term used in Richardson’s Clarissa and Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles), aka Laurence Norman. When Laurence, aged 22, started his coffee, tea and west-country fare business, he offered four blends of coffee and two teas. A year later, after selling some 20,000 cups of coffee at markets, events, even weddings, he offers nine blends of coffee (beans or grounds) and 36 teas, including one with leaves grown in Cornwall.

The ‘house’ coffee from his Fracino machine is blended by an artisan coffee roaster in Budleigh Salterton. It’s strong, with a good balance of sweetness and bitterness. There are a few tables, so you can sit and watch Laurence working flat out. He’s quite the entrepreneur: young and ambitious and maybe on his way to surpassing Starbucks.
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