In the second in a series of posts about favourite spots to find ‘proper’ coffee, Derek Lamberton, publisher of London’s Best Coffee app, ventures west of Regent Street where quality cafes are few and far between
Searching for quality coffee shops west of the west end is like searching for a Starbucks in Shoreditch: they exist, but nobody seems to care. The west’s exclusion from the tidal wave of speciality coffee that has recently hit London is either a reflection of poor taste or pure obstinacy. Despite all this, a handful of brave baristas grind away each morning bringing excellent coffee to those enlightened west Londoners who only enter coffee chains to use the loo.
In the first of a series of posts about favourite spots to find “proper” coffee, Derek Lamberton, publisher of London’s Best Coffee app, heads to southeast London and some of the best and most original indie cafes
Borough Market and Bermondsey are now well established coffee destinations where you can take your pick from stalls and cafes serving beans roasted by Square Mile, Coleman and Monmouth. But head south on the overground towards Crystal Palace and you’ll discover some of London’s best and most original indie cafes.
Coffee connoisseur Derek Lamberton — author of London’s Best Coffee app — is back (after the top coffee stalls piece he did for us in the autumn). He’s here to tell us about a new preoccupation in coffee houses: pulling shots
Ever wonder where the term ‘pull a shot’ of espresso comes from when most baristas just press a button? Back in the 1940s, well before buttons and rockstar baristas, a certain Signore Gaggia developed a super-fly piston-driven espresso machine that requires a barista to pull a handle in order to produce a shot. These traditional-style machines, many of which are seriously beautiful, are beginning to appear in cafes and stalls across London. They require considerable skill, patience and time, but they produce incredible espresso and they’re gorgeous to look at. Below are some of my favourite spots to find baristas actually pulling shots.
Despite the backlash against coffee snobbery, the battle to serve London’s best cup rages on. In this round-up of the very top five coffee stalls across the capital, our brew king, Derek Lamberton, author of London’s Best Coffee app, leaves no wheeled cafe unturned
Daydreams of quitting my day job and running a coffee stall always seem to disappear about this time year. Even in my dreams I don’t have the guts to spend a damp London winter on my feet pulling shots. So with this in mind, I’ve put together a short list of London’s finest stalls – serving locally roasted coffee all winter long.
Address: Strutton Ground, SW1P 2HR
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm
Beans: Square Mile
Flat Cap has spawned one of London’s best coffee shops, Notes Music Coffee, along with a stellar sister stall on Fleet Street, Coffee by the Clock. Co-owned by Brazilian barista champion, Fabio Ferreira, Flat Cap serves some of London’s most loyal customers. Rumour has it that employees of a local business cited their daily pilgrimage to Flat Cap as their primary reason against applying for voluntary severance. Priorities, people.
le cool sends Eamon ‘decaf’ Downes around town to get his fix at all the right stops with the help of a little pocket friend as we count down to the London Coffee Festival
The assignment of reviewing this, London’s Best Coffee app, was really the last thing I needed. It’s akin to an app in the late 90s that could lead me to an everlasting fountain of brandy or the nearest EU E mountain. As, despite my protestations, denial and failed attempts to kick the habit, coffee remains my last (public) vice…