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The state of coffee in London, 2010

Apparently, London is experiencing somewhat of a coffee renaissance, with a number of good cafés having opened over the past two years or so, many of them run by Australians or New Zealanders. Time Out has a helpful map of notable cafés in London here.

Having said this, London's still the sort of city where one has to go out of one's way to look for drinkable espresso; whereas in Melbourne or Sydney (or, by all accounts, in New Zealand), the baseline of what a café can offer without going out of business is fairly high, here one takes one chances. (I still remember the cup of bitter, watery bilge and overboiled milk that passed for a cappucino according to the haircut behind the bar in Hoxton who made it.)

Anyway, it appears that, like most interesting activity in London, most of the action is happening around the East End, with places like Climpson, Prufrock, Taste Of Bitter Love and Tina, We Salute You (which, it seems, is within walking distance of my previous residence) getting mentioned.

There are 1 comments on "The state of coffee in London, 2010":

Posted by: Greg Wed Mar 3 11:22:14 2010

Getting good espresso is hard outside Melbourne. I used to be addicted to the stuff and had several overseas conference trips ruined by withdrawal. In 2008 I lived in Silicon Valley for four months had to travel 20 miles to the Mission for a goood brew, a crazy situation. So I bought a plunger, got used to that style and have drunk it since, even back in Melbourne where it saves me $10 and many minutes a day. It's hard to travel with a plunger so I'm still subject to local availability then. In England last year I found one good brew, at Lantana in Fitzrovia. This has been a pain at times, and reminds me of stories of rock musicians requiring local drug hookups in order to tour. I wonder if espresso drinkers adjust their itineries according to availability, perhaps subconsciously?

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