Sunday, March 25, 2007

Five comments on coffee in London

1. London can't do coffee like Sydney can do coffee. Which I find astounding for a city so close to Italy. We on the other side of the world have allowed the Italians to influence our coffee culture far more, and this has definitely been for the better.

2. London seems more influenced by America when it comes to coffee. People specifically order filtered coffee when coffee orders are taken in restaurants (can you imagine actually voluntarily wanting to drink filtered coffee, as opposed to it being the only choice on offer??).

3. More obvious still is that Starbucks have completely taken over the city. Every second street corner has a Starbucks outlet. Indeed, according to the wikipedia article on Starbucks, London has more outlets than Manhattan! Sorry, but Starbucks do not do good coffee!

4. Order a flat white almost anywhere and be met with a blank stare!

5. If you want a good coffee, go to Monmouth Coffee Company at Borough Markets (Fridays and Saturdays). Mmmmm ... beautiful. I craved good coffee for a whole week before getting there and it was so good I had to go back for a second cup (see photo above). They got the flavour right, they got the crema right. But it's a rare find in a big city ...

5 comments:

Cat Balloo said...

Looks like they didn't fill it right to the top! Too busy getting the pretty artwork right I suppose.

David said...

London can't do coffee like Sydney can do coffee.

there pretty good at tea aren't they???


by the way... i went to starbucks twice last week!!!!!

Guthers said...

what a sad situation.. and in what is supposed to be one of the great cities of the world...

we are very lucky in sydney - I had a fantastic coffee downstairs in my building the other day. Didn't have to walk my usual 3 blocks - Sydney is getting better and better!

Owls said...

I found the same thing in South America. So many great coffee plantations, so little great coffee. I remember being appalled at getting an instant coffee in one cafe (think international roast...) Nothing like bad coffee for making you appreciate coming home.

Nixter said...

LOL David, I have been drinking Starbucks too - Shhhhhhhh.

And yes we do do great tea in England. I make a good cuppa even if I do say so myself ;)