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  1. New to the forum and looking for recommendations for good quality espresso beans that can be bought over the counter in Central London. I usually buy beans for my Aeropress from Monmouth but have never tried their espresso blend. I've just dug the Silvia out of storage so I'm looking to get back into the espresso habit. Are the Monmouth espresso beans any good?
  2. I've become a bit set in my ways with my coffee use. So I would like some advice. Currently I use James Gourmet, Monmouth, Hasbean and sometimes Square Mile. I've also taken out subscriptions with blankbox and pact blankbox in a hope that they can get me started with new roasters. I have also used Union, Extract, Pumphreys, Ousburn Coffee Company, Grumpy Mule. I am aware I need to give Rave a shot and Londinium. Who else?
  3. I've just begun working at a new cafe, where - it has to be said - they really don't know how to use an espresso machine. It's a real shame, because they use Monmouth beans, which are ludicrously expensive, yet the current barista steams the milk boiling hot before pouring it over a poorly made espresso in a bucket-sized cup. Their standard is one shot per coffee. To achieve this, they use a two-way spout, often wasting the spare shot of espresso. On my first shift there, a single shot of coffee would run so fast that it would almost spill out of a 2oz espresso measuring glass. I immediately thought that this would lead to the espresso tasting incredibly washed out and flavourless. However, before going back to work tomorrow and saying anything, I just wanted to confirm that the way they were making espresso was wrong. Can anyone provide any feedback on this? Cheers (As an aside, it amazes me that Monmouth let cafes that clearly have no idea what they're doing use their beans. Another cafe I worked at ages ago also used Monmouth and were similarly clueless.)
  4. Hi guys, A quick question about free on loan coffee equipment here in the UK. I'm Australian and have come from an establishment in Melbourne where we got through 60-70kg+ of coffee a week, and our wholesaler supplied my employers with everything: Barista training, tamp, grinder, cups, custom painted La Marzocca FB/80 (everything!) Now I'm doing my own thing, targeting a small space in Hackney, London and I'm trying to establish which boutique suppliers might offer a free on loan machine/grinder and how many kg's I might need to get through to interest them. If not, whether anyone has had experience with rent to buy, loaning machines or something similar? I'm still a little while off starting this project and don't want to waste time of suppliers I might deal with in the future, so I though I'd try and ask here first! I've loved what I've tried from Monmouth, Has Bean and Volcano coffee in various places if anyone has experience with any of these guys. Cheers
  5. Today I embarked on a coffee crawl around London with my wife as well as Chris Weaver and Ash Porter, to try a number of new establishments and show them what London has to offer. Our itinerary was; Milk Bar (Bateman Street) Fernandez & Wells (Beak Street) Kaffeine (Great Titchfield Street) Lantana (Charlotte Place) Beas of Bloomsbury (Theobald Street) First up was Milk Bar, a regular haunt and a chance to grab brunch (their scrambled eggs and bacon was divine). The home made baked beans looked appetising too... Milk Bar uses Squaremile coffee, ground with a Mazzer and extracted from a La Marzocco FB80 (in black) Todays coffee (flat whites all round) was expertly crafted by Matt and served with a smile Next we moved onto Fernandez & Wells in Beak Street (they have 2 coffee locations within a few minutes walk of each other). St Anne's court looked to be undergoing a refurb. The beans are sourced from Monmouth and the team uses a Mazzer / Synesso combination to create their drinks. Delicate and simple is how I would describe this cafe. Sparse walls with no music are drowned out by the quality of the food (mouthwatering...) As we'd just had breakfast we settled for cookies (the Peanut Butter cookies got the thumbs up) On a quest to see the city and try more coffee we headed to Kaffeine, a recently opened cafe, just north of Oxford Street. Using an Anfim / Synesso combination we were served a great round of coffee, sourced from Squaremile. We were lucky enough to have the current UK Latte Art Champion, John Gordon, prepare our coffee as he is guest appearing this week. The food looked so inviting at Kaffeine, nicely laid out, and with plenty of space and seating we felt right at home. The service was top notch and a real credit to Peter and his team. Lots of smiley faces inside too. This new cafe is a 'must visit' for any coffee crawl around London. Lantana was on our list of places to visit so after finishing our drinks at Kaffeine we headed around the corner to Charlotte Place. Lantana was not at all what we expected, surpassing our expectations entirely. A table was prepared for us and we enjoyed our 4th coffee of the day. Lantana uses Monmouth beans, a Mazzer grinder and La Marzocco linea. Their bespoke printed takeaway cups are works of art in themselves. With an hour or so to kill before Chris and Ash needed to catch their train we headed to Beas of Bloomsbury for a cupcake and a wind down. No caffeine this time (although their coffee is top notch), we settled for something refreshing and cool and of course a cupcake. You just have to visit to see how beautiful their window display and cake stands are, stacked full of yummy delights. The lemon semolina cookies are just heaven (I had 2). All in all a great day out, good company, good coffee and great hospitality everywhere we went.
  6. Hi there, my name is Charlie. I've been passionate about coffee for over 5 years, since my travels in Australia. I trained as a barista 5 years ago in london with Gaggia, and have since done a course with the london school of coffee. I work as a restaurant manager and get to put my barista skills to use on a daily basis. However, i constantly daydream about doing it for myself and setting up a 'proper' coffee shop. I live in West Sussex and there is definately a gap in the market (we only have the usual chains in a very busy market town centre) I've seen the change in the Uk coffee scene over the years and am greatly encouraged by this. Originally i only knew of Monmouth, but have since discovered Taylor St barista's (richmond and brighton), Relish in Wadebridge, Redroaster in Brighton.....and others. Decent coffee places seem to be popping up everywhere which is great. I would love to set up where i live, as i said there is a gap in the market and i honestly believe it would be successful. But the cost of a lease and business rates in this area would set me back £45,000 pa. That seems insane....or is it? I would love to speak to people who have done it, and are running their own successful coffee shops and get some tips and advice. Many thanks for reading my rather long introduction. I really want to achieve my dream, but need to be realistic about the financial side of things. Looking forward to hearing from you guys, Charlie
  7. Three shops, i saw the Two in Borough Market. They roast on site and first place i have seen pour-over in a shop. Oh... And stinking busy! More...
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