Times have changed, however, and there is a real buzz around the coffee scene.
Here are the best 15 coffee shops in Northumberland according to TripAdvisor reviewers.
1. Origami Cafe, Alnwick
Origami Cafe, Alnwick.
139 out of 150 reviewers rated it as 'excellent'.
Photo: Ian Smith
2. Bardon Mill Village Store and Tea Room
Bardon Mill Village Store and Tea Room
127 out of 152 reviewers gave it an 'excellent' rating.
3. Well House Coffee Shop, Belford
Well House Coffee Shop, Belford
120 out of 143 reviewers rated it 'excellent'.
Photo: Jane Coltman
4. The Village Tearooms, Alnmouth
The Village Tearooms, Alnmouth
399 out of 524 reviewers rated it 'excellent'