7 New Coffee Shops in London

Let's face it- London is in an ever-growing Artisan coffee boom. It's reached the stage where a coffee shop opening is a weekly ritual and everyone lets out a soft groan when they hear about another opening in Shoreditch. 

But this doesn't just mean Londoners are spoiled for choice, it's also bringing a wave of coffee shops that are uping the quality of what constitutes specialty coffee shop in London. Here are seven new coffee shops that have hit the streets of London over the summer that you should check out (in no particular order). 

1. Brooklyn Coffee (139 Commercial Street, E1 6BJ)

Okay. It's Shoredtich. But we weren't going to escape that in a list about coffee shops were we? With coffee from Caravan, this new spot provides a quick fix within a slick stylish interior.

2. Curators Coffee Gallery (51 Margaret St, W1W 8SG)

If you can somehow afford to live in Fitrovia, you're in for a treat. Three of the entries on this list are in your neighborhood. Curators are no novice in the coffee scene. They've made waves with their first spot- Curators Coffee Studio- bringing a quirkiness to suits in the City. Now they've upped the ante with their larger spot in Central London.

Only a short walk away from Fitzrovia is Kin Cafe on Foley Street. The first thing you'll see in this cafe is their tempting selection of fresh foods and bakes. With ample seating, its a great place to relax from the hustle of central London life.

Moving back to the East End we have Lanark, only a short walk from Hoxton and Bethnal Green, this coffee shop is run by a cheerful and skilled barista who previously worked at Alchemy and Black Box. If you're after a perfect cup of coffee, you're guaranteed to get one here.

5. Soho Grind (19 Beak St W1F 9RP)

Pfff... coffee? We all know coffee is a gateway to convincing someone to meet up for drinks. Meet Soho Grind. "Oh hey, look- they have cocktails too? Let's try one." Before you know it you'll be taking the first DLR back home at 5 in the morning. The little brother of Shoreditch Grind- these two use coffee shops are supplied by the Small Batch Co in Brighton.

6. Terrone Coffee (Kingly Court, W1F 9BY)

Terrone is run by Edy, the East End's resident Italian coffee aficionado who's been giving great coffee to Hackney's residents in Netil Market. Now he's teamed up with Pizza Pilgrims to bring great coffee to this shopping hot spot. London's only specialty coffee roasted in Italy, it's one not to miss.

7. Workshop Fitzrovia Coffee Bar (80A Mortimer Street, W1W 7FE)

Workshop has been bringing great coffee to Clerkenwell for quite sometime. Recently they've expanded quite a bit, opening a new shop in Holborn earlier this year. Fitzrovia brings their coffee store count up to four.

Have you visited a new coffee shop this summer? Let me know!

Speciality Coffee Finally Comes to a British Institution

Over the past year, we've seen a range of new collaborations in the artisan coffee scene. Dunne and Frankowski brought artisan coffee to the front of a Barber's in Fitzrovia. Leya's in Shoreditch opened offering artisan coffee in the environment of a high-end restaurant. The University of Warwick have worked to bring artisan coffee to all its commercial outlets on campus. 

The Gentlemen Baristas have brought a new (and perhaps long overdo) collaboration to the London Coffee scene. Specialty Coffee but in a British-style pub
Meet the Victoria, a refurbished pub just off of Mile End Road and Mile End Station. Completely transformed by the Yummy Pub Co, the Victoria retains the traditional pub facade and interior, but adds an endless Swiss-army knife of quirks such as a cocktail bar in the basement and a set of themed rooms at the top. 
The Gentlemen Baristas Themselves
Matt (@Gladieater) and I are were invited to attend their "coffee" soft launch, a preamble before the launch of the Victoria itself. Edward from the team greeted us at seven in the morning in typical Victorian-style dress sporting a waxed handlebar mustache and quickly ushered us inside. 
The Coffee Shop Behind Rabbit Wire
Right in the front of the pub, separated by rabbit wire is the Gentlemen's Baristas' spot. This is akin to a coffee shop within a bar, not simply an espresso machine behind one. The creation of Henry Ayers, a judge of the UK Barista Championships and Edward Parkes, a trained actor turned coffee expert, this is the first planned site for the Gentlemen Baristas, culminating in the opening of a standalone store sometime later this year. 
Henry and Edward explain that customer service and politeness are at the forefront of their operation, which fits with their apt name and "gentlemen" theme. They are currently working with a roaster in the South West. All their coffee carries their "Gentlemen Baristas" branding and there are hopes to move their roasting operation to London in the future.

Henry and Edward have definitely caught on to something. The space ticks all the boxes. For those wanting breakfast or a snack, there's the pub kitchen upstairs. Presumably those at the pub with friends can order a coffee instead if they don't fancy a drink. But for those who want to have a more intimate chat or experience with a barista- there's a large table with four bar chairs opposite the espresso machine. 

It's a great set up and a smart collaboration. One to definitely check out if you live in the East End and definitely a welcome addition to the long stretch of Mile End Road, an area that has quite a shortage of specialty coffee.

The Victoria
110 Grove Road 
E3 5TH

Press Coffeehouse Coffee Subscriptions

Yesterday, as the wonderful London summer turned slightly sour- I luckily managed to get my hands on one of Press Coffeehouse's new line of subscription coffee boxes.
Press' slick logo on the front

The concept behind coffee subscriptions is simple- you pay a monthly amount and get coffee beans delivered to your door. Traditionally, it's been roasters that have provided this service directly.

However, Press operates a different model. It acts an intermediary between a diverse number of roasteries. More exceptionally, it does so with a range of international roasteries.

Press's service comes with coffee roasted in either North America, Europe or Australia. This week, the coffee was a wonderful Costa Rican from Joe- a roastery based out of New York's West Village. Previous subscription boxes have come from Madcap (Michigan), White Label (Amsterdam), and Five Elephant (Berlin).

The box opened
Press also puts in quite a bit of work in the presentation and information provided within its box alongside its coffee. Within the box were tasting notes, information about the coffee region, seasonal American recipes and some treats from the Noisette Bakehouse.
Everything in the box

If you're looking to have fresh coffee that's roasted overseas at home, you'll be hard-pressed to find a service that provides better value. (Pun unintentional)

The 2014 London Coffee Stops Awards Are Here

Voting for the 2014 London Coffee Stops Awards have opened, celebrating the best of the city’s coffee culture. Rumour has it I might know a thing or two about coffee shops in London having visited 216 of them. Decided by popular vote, Chris Ward (creator of the awards) has somehow managed to combine my day job (student politics) with my hobby. Yet again, I’ve been roped into another election. Thanks Chris! *Shakes fist*

However, I just cannot bring myself to choose a single shop for each. London has far too much talent when it comes to coffee. Below, I’ve set out my (quite subjective and quickly decided) recommendations for who I think should be considered for each award category. (For other coffee bloggers take, see Brian’s Coffee Spot and LiquidJolt.)

Best Coffee Shop in London

Tastiest Bakes and Cakes

Best Use of Social Media

Best for Working Out of Office

Best Coffee Roasted in London
  • Ozone Coffee, Workshop Coffee, Tapped & Packed, Allpress

Best New Coffee Shop
  • Macintyre, Tuckshop, Craft Coffee, the Wren, Dash, Four Corners

Best London Coffee Blog
  • Brian’s Coffee Spot

The coffee blogging community has been absolutely excellent. When I first started tweeting only a few months ago, they were incredibly supportive. You see the other blogs here. Whilst I have asked people to vote for me, I do think Brian deserves it because of the quality of his posts. How a newspaper like Time Out or the Evening Standard haven’t snapped him up to do regular coffee shop reviews is beyond me.

I would say, that hopefully next year we can get more awards. Reflecting on my visits- there needs to be a separate category for coffee stalls, brunch, food, quirkiness and interior design. There are loads of coffee shops that deserve recognition, but didn’t necesarilly fit into any of the categories. One thing is for certain, the Coffee Stop Awards have generated quite a buzz and will hopefully continue next year!

Clapham/Battersea Coffee Scene

5 more coffee shops added:

A Coffee Affair (Battersea)
The Roastery (Wandsworth Road)
Birdhouse (Clapham Junction)
Ben's Canteen (Clapham Junction)
Brew (Clapham Junction)

19 Coffee Shops From All Over London Added

19 new coffee shops added from all parts of London. See all of them here.

- Monocle (Marylebone)
- Everbean (Mayfair)
- Daily Goods (Soho)
- Noble Espresso (King's Cross)
- Taylor St. (Canary Wharf)
- Mousetail (Canary Wharf)
- Taylor St. (South Quay)
- Merito Coffee (Swiss Cottage)
- Loft Coffee Company (Finchley Road)
- Ginger & White (Hampstead)
- EZ & Moss (Holloway)
- Brickwood (Clapham)
- The Black Lab (Clapham)
- Bermonsdey Coffee (Bermondsey)
- Craft Coffee Stall (Bermondsey)
- Daisy Green (Marble Arch)
- Elgin (Maida Vale)
- Talkhouse (Ladbroke Grove)
- Bluebelles (Ladbroke Grove)