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    Quote Originally Posted by hotmetal View Post
    Shame Amoret don't do decaf. I know it's ridiculously small in there but I've had some mind blowing espresso and cortado from them. They really take care over every cup and I've yet to be disappointed. Favourites from them were Nicaraguan natural and a Guji natural, both really good.
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    Yeah I know! I was chatting to the guys in there and they spilled the beans as it were - I did say I'd had some cracking coffees from Curve before, such as the LSOL from a few months back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotmetal View Post
    Shame Amoret don't do decaf. I know it's ridiculously small in there but I've had some mind blowing espresso and cortado from them. They really take care over every cup and I've yet to be disappointed. Favourites from them were Nicaraguan natural and a Guji natural, both really good.
    That may change. I popped into their new shop in Notting Hill yesterday & spoke to the Owner. They've just installed a Giesen Roaster in the rear of the new shop & Roasting their own is going to commence very soon, The Owner will be doing that initially as he told me he has done the relevant exams. I may pop back later in the year to see the progression & if Decaf will be available for sale.

    In other News - I Paid visits to Tina, We Salute you E20 (Handy If I can get tickets for the #mlblondonseries next year) Ozone Roasters & Rosslyn, of which Rosslyn was the best.
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    No change as of yet. Still don't do DeCaf as I asked them in their notting hill branch. They have more place upstairs now for those who'd want a seat.
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    If you happen to go to West London (Richmond) don't miss Kiss The Hippo Coffee
    They roast and serve the coffee onsite (espresso based and filter).

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    Yes that's a good shout for Richmond. I think they use a KvdW Spirit, big bright interior, and IIRC you can watch the roasting through a glass wall at the back.

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    This is how the roastery looks inside Kiss the hippo
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    I've been to a fair chunk of the well-respected coffee shops in (central) London. Some comments on a select few:

    The Good:
    Association Coffee - Creechurch Lane
    Overall my absolute favourite, the decor really suits my aesthetic and the brand identity. The service is quick and fitting for the clientele. I am in so often sometimes if the baristas notice me at the back of the queue, they'll fast track my order (always an espresso to go as I need a pick-me up on my lunch break) and it'll be ready by the time I pay. The coffee menu is short and to the point (not a fan of having to decide between 20 different beans and I always worry about freshness and cleaning out the grinders between coffees etc.) I don't think I've ever had a bad coffee there either.

    Prufrock Coffee - Leather Lane
    I'm a filter man at heart and as far as I'm concerned nowhere does it better than Prufrock. The rotating menu of 3 filters rarely disappoints and is a good way to sample some more "obscure" roasters on occasion. Sitting at the brew bar allows great interaction with the baristas too which is fun. The cafe itself is nice and big so you don't feel too cramped and get your own space, the food is nice for a coffee shop. On the espresso side I sometimes find the guests to be a bit too zingy and acidic for my tastes but you always have the house red brick as an old dependable.

    Monmouth Coffee - Monmouth Street
    Yes it's not the hippest place anymore, yes you can get more exciting geshas elsewhere but there is still something special about Monmouth. The table service isn't fantastic, it's cramped, gets overly hot and is very loud. None of that matters because it has a "thing" unlike many of the faceless newer bars that pretty much all feel the same.

    Kaffeine - Eastcastle Street
    The espressos here are fantastic and incredibly consistent in my experience. The service is quick but attentive. I like the palette cleansers and things they sometimes serve for sit down guests too (although I never liked cascara so I’m kind of glad that’s gone!) it adds to the theatre of it even if it doesn’t really do anything to the taste.

    Store Street Espresso - Store Street
    Delicious espressos and they have interesting guest coffees that change regularly. The store itself is nice and bright, the service quick and friendly. I don’t have a reason to be in that part of town very often but when I do I make a quick detour and am always impressed.


    The Bad (Warning in advance this is going to get quite brutal - I don't like slamming independent businesses online as I know the impact it can have… but sometimes I feel it is warranted):

    Curators Coffee - Both Locations
    This one hurts, it used to be good but I have been burnt too many times by this company. The coffee quality in my last few visits has been appalling and verging on undrinkable sour espressos and even a super expensive Wendelboe gesha that they destroyed on the brew bar. A friend also ordered a capp which had rancid milk complete with curdled lumps in the cup. I also take issue with their pricing structure for beans for retail - "buy a bag get a free coffee" isn't really true if you charge £5 more for the bag of beans, it's dishonest and rubs me the wrong way. From my negative experiences I have about 15 "free coffee" cards as compensation that I haven't used.
    (Note: last visit was around 6 months ago, it may be better now but they have lost my custom at this point)

    Brooklyn Coffee - Commercial Street
    Undrinkable batch brew, bad espresso, but worst of all was the staff attitude – very condescending and rude. Only visited once have absolutely no intention of going again. I can let off bad coffee on occasion but bad staff attitude is unacceptable at any time for me.

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    The Black Lab by Clapham Common is excellent! Always have a variety of beans on, including decaff if that's your thing. I happened across it years back, now I'll gladly make a detour if I'm around those parts.

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    City: Taylor Street (New St branch), Association, Modern Society
    SW London: Milk Teeth, Saucer & Cup, Brickwood, Marcus Bros
    Other: Antipode (Hammersmith)

    However, this past weekend I was in Sheffield and had my first lever produced coffee (unintentionally) at Eve followed by another at Foundry Coffee Roasters and I am hooked (both use Londinium machines). Need to find similar in London

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