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reviewed Birdie coffee

24 reviews · 2 followers · 2 years ago

LM Linea, an older model, Arduino auto grinder. In London, this place would be standard. In Geneva, exceptional. Bring cash, there is a 6chf minimum for cards. Service is fairly slow. This is at the level of Taylor Street Batistas, if you are familiar with the London chain.

reviewed Coffee Island

24 reviews · 2 followers · 3 years ago

They roast their own. House blend was ethiopian and two Latin American. I've had something of that formulation at an excellent cafe in Amsterdam. Sadly this was not strong florals and a lot of body, but just a mudgy mess of bad roasting. If you've been following the London coffee scene for any length of time, avoid.

reviewed Host.coffee

24 reviews · 2 followers · 3 years ago

Slow service. Alchemy roasters through a latest generation three group La Marzocco Linea with standard portafilters. My double espresso, light bodied, possibly too much water, slightly burned rubber with mild citrusiness at the finish. Not unpleasant, not the best. £2. Barista needs more coffee training.

reviewed Hot Numbers

24 reviews · 2 followers · 7 years ago

Love these guys. They've created a hipster cafe, roasting operation included, and added an exhibition space, put on music in the evenings. I'm a London coffee snob, but this place is on a par with anything Nude espresso in Hanbury St provides. Two group LM Linea, three grinders, two of them Anfim. light roast, dark roast, decaf. set up by a coffee pro, and it shows. Full of people on laptops, babies, and dogs.

reviewed Six Eight Kafé

24 reviews · 2 followers · 7 years ago

No can do staff. Rushed up from the station between trains, asked for an espresso quickly, was told that there were five tickets in the queue in front of me. At that point, I left. Preparation time for an espresso is 1.5 minutes from grind to cup. Everyone else was having a leisurely sit down cuppa. They have a three group synesso. When I last visited, the coffee was top London independent good. Service has a ways to go.

reviewed Sacred (Westfield White City)

24 reviews · 2 followers · 7 years ago

It's in the Westfield shopping centre, on the mezzanine level, under a walkway. Running two two group LM Linea machines, with Mazzers. The ground coffee hoppers on the Mazzers were filthy with stale grounds and the espresso I had was as bitter as Starbucks. Really disappointed. Everything is served in paper cups. This place is not a patch on the Covent Garden outpost.

reviewed Fitzbillies

24 reviews · 2 followers · 7 years ago

A deeply average double espresso to be had here. Through a two group LM Linea, main Anfim grinder has a Climpson blend, not sure about the little Mazzer. Appearance is very dark, low on crema, slight chicory-like back taste (lingering low level stale bitterness probably comes from using unfiltered Cambridge tap water, which is awful stuff). If visiting Cambridge, also try Hot Numbers on Gwydir St off the mill road. It's better.

reviewed Fitzbillies

24 reviews · 2 followers · 7 years ago

A deeply average double espresso to be had here. Through a two group LM Linea, main Anfim grinder has a Climpson blend, not sure about the little Mazzer. Appearance is very dark, low on crema, slight chicory-like back taste (lingering low level stale bitterness probably comes from using unfiltered Cambridge tap water, which is awful stuff). If visiting Cambridge, also try Hot Numbers on Gwydir St off the mill road. It's better.

reviewed Browns of Brockley

24 reviews · 2 followers · 8 years ago

They used to serve London's cheapest good espresso (£1.60 for a double). Over Christmas 2012 they had a refit, swapped the PIDed La Marzocco Linea for a new electric paddle Strada, and jacked their prices up to £2. Still good, still Square Mile Red Brick, but not a screaming deal any more. On the other hand they remain the only decent cafe in the Brockley area, so still a go-to place for academics and business owners who work from home in the area.

reviewed Colonna & Smalls

24 reviews · 2 followers · 8 years ago

This is a small and passionately fantastic East London quality cafe in Bath, which is not know for its good coffee. They had one of the very first Synesso machines in the UK, and by god they knew how to make a thick and delicious espresso. I put these guys in the same league as Prufrock and The Pavillion in Victoria Park. Really strongly recommend a visit.

reviewed Taylor St Baristas (Canary Wharf)

24 reviews · 2 followers · 8 years ago

I come for my morning espresso. It really is the only good place in the wharf for actual coffee (rather than milk). Interesting guest beans weekly. The Union blend they use as standard is not my favourite (Square Mile being my roaster of choice). Staffed by a mix of Antipodeans and Scandiwegians. They had a hell of a time getting the shop open since landlord/ ownership changed half way through fit-out. Busy. Fast, given the quality and volume of customers. Slows down at 11am. Nip in then. Chat to the staff about coffee and travel.

reviewed Baristas Coffee Collective

24 reviews · 2 followers · 8 years ago

Ye gods this place makes a bad bitter watery espresso. Probably good 10 years ago since when it has not kept pace with improvements in quality. Hugely disappointing given the scores here, which are completely wrong. The place is a 3 at best. Try Coffee #1 in Clifton Village. It's not the best, compared to London, but better than this place. Just terrible.

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