Move over Starbucks: the indie coffee shops battling it out on the high street

It’s flat whites at dawn as entrepreneurs line up to cater to the nation’s growing passion for coffee

Overlooking the harbour in Margate, Carey Karlberg’s Scandi coffee shop, Mala Kaffe, holds prime position for both locals seeking a soul-stirring view with their morning latte and tourists craving a caffeine fix.

Karlberg opened Mala Kaffe after moving to the town from London where she ran a popup coffee shop. “When I moved here I spent some time working out what the town needed,” she says over a flat white as we sit outside on an overcast day. Noting that the area lacked good independent coffee shops, she wanted to create a destination for serious coffee fans.

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