Now, that’s enough talk — let's have some coffee.
Bringing a taste of authentic Antipodean coffee culture to Fitzrovia, this A-list coffee joint takes its brews very seriously — not that we’re complaining. Kaffeine uses Square Mile coffee beans and a Synesso Cyncra espresso machine, which for the uninitiated, is kind of a big-deal piece of kit in the world of coffee geekery. Oh, and all of its baristas have at least three years of professional espresso-making experience under their belts, so you know that your morning cup is in ultra-safe hands.
Kaffeine, 66 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7QJ; 020 7580 6755
Nestled in Hackney Wick among industrial buildings and artist studios, the Counter’s picturesque canal-side setting (almost) eclipses the excellent Square Mile coffee. Plus, its brunches are ridiculously good. Go there! Now!
The Counter, 7 Roach Road London E3 2PA
This is another fine Antipodean establishment, and one whose Brick Lane premises always seems to be rammed, even on a quiet mid-week afternoon. Around the corner is Nude’s micro roastery which is open during the summer. Its beans are cropping up in tons of new cafes in East London — and once you’ve tasted the signature intense espresso, it's not exactly hard to understand why.
Nude Espresso, 26 Hanbury Street, E1 6QR
Coleman Coffee Roasters
South East London has recently emerged as the go-to destination for the city’s best gastronomic treats, with countless indies selling their wares under the railway arches in Bermondsey on Saturday mornings, both at Maltby Street market and further East, at Spa Terminus. Coleman Coffee Roasters is one our favourites. The small-batch coffee roastery specialises in high quality Arabica coffees. It currently wholesales to a selection of cafes in central London, but on Saturday mornings it also serves up its epic brew to punters, as well as selling beans to take home.
Coleman Coffee Roasters, Unit 5, Dockley Estate, Dockley Road, SE1 3NY
Photos courtesy of Kaffeine, Nude and The Counter
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