Cafe Cortado brings something new to town menu

Jeremy Pitt outside his newly opened cafe, Coffee Cortado.
Jeremy Pitt outside his newly opened cafe, Coffee Cortado.

A businessman who left Rugby 15 years ago has returned to the town to open up a new coffee shop in Albert Street.

Jeremy Pitt opened the doors to Coffee Cortado five weeks ago and said he feels passionately about bringing something a little different to the town centre.

Mr Pitt used to work at Bernhard’s Nurseries Ltd on the Straight Mile (before it became Blooms garden centre) and left in the early 2000s to live near Birmingham.

He opened up a successful cafe in Bridgnorth and has returned to Rugby to open another, in part of the former Vanilla premises.

He said: “I’m back in Rugby now and I’m going to stay in Rugby. It’s the fastest growing town in Warwickshire, aside from Coventry, and it’s a nice place to be. It’s almost like a second home.

“I have this cafe and another in Bridgnorth but that’s it. Two is enough, I’m not opening any new ones after this.

“The independent sector of Rugby is really good so it’s great to be back and to be based in this part of town.”

As part of the plan to make his coffee stand out from the crowd, Jeremy and his team have created a special Q- graded coffee bean for Rugby.

He said: “It will be exclusive to Rugby which is quite exciting. You can’t get this coffee bean anywhere else.

“It will be in the shop in the next couple of weeks.”

Jeremy has lots of other plans, including hosting children’s birthday parties, barista championships and classes where he will teach people how to make coffee shop-quality drinks at home.

There are also plans to hold acoustic and jazz nights at the coffee shop. He added: “I know there’s a big music scene in Rugby so we want to link up with local bands.”

For more information on the cafe, visit the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CoffeeCortadoRugby