Coffee was not bad but not my favourite in London. Almond milk would have had a lot to do with this though. My husband had a cold brew and thought it was great, and he is usually a tough judge. Everything else was awesome and I would be very happy to go back - awesome food, great staff, and really nice atmosphere.
Great coffee on Commercial road! It's only a bit out of the main area of Brick Lane - Shoreditch - Spitalfield Market and this is why I like it better than the other places. The guys in the bar know their job and crafted beautiful cappuccino. I think their Cappuccino cups are a bit big and therefore the drink becomes a bit milky but it seems like this becomes a standard recently (I saw it in few places in the past few weeks). Great place, beautiful garden at the back and huge space in between the bar and the garden. Again I had the chocolate powder on top :-( this becomes a standard as well for some reason and you need to remember to ask the barista to avoid it (in case you don't like it of course)
Trade is a real treat - simply fabulous coffee, and a hidden garden, in a haven from the raging traffic of Commercial Road. The frontage is north-east facing, and relatively narrow, with window seats that catch the morning sun. A long counter leads back to the much larger rear section, by way of a beautiful floor-to-ceiling screen of copper pipes acting as a banister for the stairs leading down to the big kitchen. At the rear there are a dozen or so tables and a small garden, apparently a work in progress, with greenery and a small deck (not for smokers). I'm looking forward to returning to that for summer afternoons, south-west-facing as it is. The flat white that barista Cydney knocked up for me with Origin beans was so good - rich and beautifully fruity, perfectly extracted - that I felt compelled to order another coffee, and plumped for the guest espresso, by Butterworth & Sons - even more intensely fruity, with a yummy acid punch.
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