There's a couple of coffee kickstarters that are worth looking into.
First, Black Chapel Coffee are looking to create an "experimental coffee salon" bringing back hand brewed coffee. This could be similar to Ozone's Clipper Coffee Merchants with its selection of filter coffee. They're looking to raise £2000 to open a spot "South of the River."
Pledge amounts start at £5 which will net you a hand-brewed pour over coffee to £500 which gets free coffee for a year from the shop or the equivalent in roasted coffee (50 bags). Kickstarter link.
Second, Black Sheep Coffee are finally looking to get a permanent spot in Camden. After starting in the Camden Collective, opening up a temporary spot in Old Street Station and on the Camden high-street, they're looking to raise £22,500 to stop having to relocate. Pledge amounts start at £5 with £15 getting your name engraved on a "wall of fame" and a free coffee. For £5,000 you can even have a trip to Colombia or India. Kickstarter link.
The folks over at Press Coffeehouse are organising a coffee cupping at the new Fingers Crossed cafe in Stoke Newington this Tuesday. Tickets are £5 and can be bought here. It comes with 125g of beans to take away as well.
When: Tuesday, 2 September 2014 from 18:00 to 19:30 Where: Fingers Crossed Cafe, 247 Amhurst Road, Stoke Newington, N16 7UN
This summer has been a bit of a renaissance for cold-brew in London. With established coffee shops like Nude, Artisan and Ozone brewing their own and Sandows hitting Selfridges, there's definitely been more choice than ever.
A personal favorite of mine is goodbeans who splashed onto the scene at the London Coffee Festival earlier this year. Established only a year ago by Rosa Escoda and Becky Neale, they've initiated their cold-brew venture as a social enterprise project- redirecting a portion of profits to local community projects. They brew their coffee in South London just near Southwark.
With labels written by hand, there's definitely a lot of care and dedication into goodbeans' operation. When I visited their stall in Borough market, there were two single origins on sale. A Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and a Costa Rican Tarrazu and Roza enthusiastically offered me to try both.
Their stockists is small, but growing and includes the new Kin Cafe in Fitzrovia and Beany Green outside the Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank. You can find their stall at Borough Market every Wedenesday.