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I’m making a stop in London next week. It’s been a while since I lived there so I’m a bit out of the loop on the coffee scene. If there was only one pack of beans I should buy there, which ones? I’m looking for an espresso roast.


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Sorry cant give you the 'one pack of beans' reccomend, but there are few good places,

to buy and try. Also depends which area you have time to visit.

In farringdon area, definately take a look at Prufrock.

It is one of the only shops to stock a range of beans from several roasters.

They have the whole Squaremile range, and usually two other guest roasters.

The guests are often Tim Wendleboe, April, Coffee Kolective etc.


Origin roasters are pretty good - brances in Shoreditch and Southwark.

The Southwark branc in near Tate Modern, if your visiting, and also makes much

better coffe than the Shoreditch branch.


In the West End near-ish Oxford Circus, there is a branch of Workshop coffee, which sells

their range of beans, coffee is ok, their Bond street Branch makes better coffee.

Also nearer Oxford circus is the terribly named Kiss the Hippo which seems to get

positive feedback recently.


If you are in trendy Hommerton, then definately try check out Dark Arts cafe [ not open

all days of week ]. They roast and sell their beans, and also have a great cafe with really

good NW style brunch.

Dont be fooled by their name, their beens are not dark roast.


Have fun



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If it's not too late, Algerian Coffee Store, Old Compton Street. I highly recommend their Guatemala  Huehuetenanga beans.

They also do the cheapest coffee in town, £1 for a freshly made espresso!




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