After moving to the Shoreditch area in London a few weeks ago, a local friend introduced me to these two cafes on Brick Lane. I’ve now been there frequently enough to fill up a loyalty card (10 times) so I feel adequately experienced to contribute to the MCR.
Coffee @ Brick Lane uses a dark roast 100% Arabica coffee from Papua New Guinea, grown on a small plantation in the highlands (along with the majority of Arabica coffee in PNG). The quality of PNG coffee can vary due to the general lack of infrastructure and technology in the country, however Coffee @ Brick Lane have specially sourced their coffee from an organic plantation and under the Fair Trade agreement. The result is a mild but full flavoured coffee with well balanced acidity.
Any decaf drinkers will be pleased to know that the decaf coffee beans are freshly ground for each espresso, which shows that the same pride that goes into making a standard espresso is extended for the minority drinkers (including me).
The coffee really is excellent and very consistent. If the staff smiled from time to time the experience would be a lot more enjoyable, but if you’re in the area this is a cafe definitely worth visiting. The quirky menu board listing “chav coffee” as an option and the light shades made from coffee cups also add to the character of this place.