This is where a popular coffee brand is opening a new café in Sheffield
A coffee brand that brings the flavours and culture of Vietnam to Sheffield has confirmed the location of a new site – and a return to its original name.
Five Rivers Coffee Co launched three years ago in Broomhill, trading from a café painted bright orange close to the corner of Fulwood Road and Nile Street.
It was the idea of Jim Rose who, after leaving home in Millhouses to go travelling in the Far East with his girlfriend Melissa, became so enamoured with Vietnamese coffee that he started his own business when he returned, designing a space where customers sit on cushions beneath colourful lanterns.
Since then the venture has expanded to offer more food alongside cocktails, Vietnamese wine and Thai beers.
In 2018, Five Rivers opened a second site at Cutlery Works in Neepsend which shut in February. Now the company has announced that as well as reopening in Broomhill, it is bringing a new café to Dyson Place in Sharrow Vale once lockdown restrictions are eased further.
Named after Sheffield's quintet of waterways, the brand was initially called Năm Sông, a phrase the firm is reverting to which translates as 'five rivers'.
“Who knows what the future holds but our aim is to try and share our brand with as many people as possible and so we obviously need a name that represents what makes us different and stands out from other coffee shops,” Jim said on Facebook. “So, it was clear we had to turn back to trusty old Năm Sông.”
He added: “We never should have changed it, even though we’ll miss that catchy little abbreviation 5R, Năm Sông is here to stay. The Broomhill sign will be changing soon and when we open our Sharrow Vale site it’ll say Năm Sông above the door.”
However, the orange decor will remain, Jim said. The colour raises awareness of the lethal Vietnam War chemical weapon Agent Orange, and donations are made to charities.
Vietnamese coffee is poured through a special filter and sweetened with condensed milk, a ingredient first used as when Vietnam was a developing country, not everyone had access to a fridge.