Stumbled upon this shop for a meeting in West Dulwich. Bought a bag of the Fire House dark roast - phenomenal chocolate/caramel aroma. I had an iced latte of The Mount blend which had a great balance between bitter dark chocolate and sweeter notes. Perfect for a bright summer day. The cafe itself is a great, well-lit space perfect for working remotely or catching up on reading. Highly recommend this establishment if you find yourself in this corner of London.
Wonderful coffee roasted in house. Great food offering: sandwiches, soups, savory & sweet pastries, chocolate, etc. The coffee was made to perfection, it has good body, velvety texture, and great sweet aftertaste that lasts long after it's already gone. With milk it was even better, with caramel-ish flavour popping out and extra smoothness thanks to the competent barista who steamed the milk immaculately. The only downside is that unless you live in the area or work in the same building you'll probably never come so far to this residential area... If you are up for trip after great coffee add this location to your destinations list.
Finally took the time out to find this place, and well it was worth the adventure. Hidden in a unit with an industrial site in West Dulwich it is not an easy find, nor is it like any other 'cafe' you will have ever been to. This is because it is essentially a coffee roastery that has opened its doors to those locals in-the-know and those, like me, who are just plain obsessed with finding great coffee, however obscure the location. The aroma of freshly roasting beans wafts down the long corridor, mingling with the smell of sawdust and gas heaters coming from the other units. Once you open the door it assaults your nose and you forget where you are and your focus is again clear - good, fresh as you can get it, coffee! The coffee comes from a La Marzocco Linea, and it is very good! There was a small selection of sandwiches on offer too, the chicken & pesto one I had was everything you wanted it to be. But, beware, this is not really a place to get comfy in with the paper or your laptop, it is buzzing with activity as the staff roast, pack and label coffee beans. That said, I will be back as often as possible, probably tomorrow! There is a great selection of beans for sale to take home too, and the staff are more than happy to help you choose something to suite your tastes.
You may have heard of all these Aussie/Antipodean johnny come lately cafes that have million pound budgets sleek hand built coffee machines and coffee roasters sitting forlornly in the back of them. Well Volcano Works and Kurt are the originals. It is a Kiwi roastery that has coffee. They also have a coffee cart 'fullsteam' on the corner of Idmiston Rd and Rosendale Rd in West Dulwich on Saturdays. The atmosphere is what you should expect from some Kiwi with a roaster and a bunch of espresso machines in an industrial unit. Very relaxed, one table and four stools. Personally I love it because it's West Norwood's and third wave coffees best kept secret. I probably shouldn't be telling people about it! It just isn't a cafe, no trendys, no super boiler,no mums with pushchairs, no eggs florentine, just great coffee and honest conversation and all the workers from small businesses that operate from parkhall estate. What used to be a the tannoy factory but is now home two loads or workshops. Don't think this means the coffee is substandard just because the machine doesn't have teflon shot handles and milk jug washers. Shoreditch kids keep out, you might get sawdust on your skinny jeans. Good luck finding it but when you do, yum yum!
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