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  • Gethumbwini.

    Yes.

  • It's a fine, fine bean indeed.. Mind you, I could roll around naked in the Agoga at the moment..

  • Please, feel free.

  • MrSmyth ... I'm curious to know how did that latest shot go?

  • Just a quick note for commuters or those working in or near Clerkenwell:

    Benugo, the cafe in the corner of Clerkenwell Road and St Johns road, is currently closed for redecoration and so they have a set up a little coffee van type thing for the duration selling decent coffee for just a pound a cup. I asked them about it and they said they were doing it virtually at cost (their words) in order to please their customer base during closure.

  • great move, very clever

  • ^^Jolly good. There's also that new gaff on garys inn* road handing out tokens for a free coffee.
    They do a mean sarnie too.

    Further MORE - there's a place I saw that's only been recently open at the bottom of leather lane that looks pretty decent.

    That said, there appears to be a trend in coffee joints at the moment for stark white walls, thick black wooden surfaces and minimalist seating. Both the Garys inn* and Leather lane venues look the same. (Kind of Fernandez and Wells on Beak Street approach)

    *scobled

  • Finally making a change from having shit coffee locally apart from Full City (which is temperamental depending on how busy they are with bikes and who's steaming the milk, but when they get it right, they really do.)

    Otherwise it's just fucking costa/pret/starbucks as far as you can see.

  • And LMNH of course but that's a bit further east for my mind.

  • Had a cappuccino from Benugo this morning, with 5 sachets of white granulated sugar.

    7/10

  • That said, there appears to be a trend in coffee joints at the moment for stark white walls, thick black wooden surfaces and minimalist seating.

    And polished concrete - cant forget that!

  • This minimalist shit can fuck right off.. I'm struggling to find a place where I can sit and enjoy a coffee with getting piles or snow blinded by the interior decoration.. Foxtrot and ginger is ok but still "cold".

  • MrSmyth ... I'm curious to know how did that latest shot go?

    good. filled basket, few clumps came out of grinder stirred with small hex key found on kitchen table, went easier on the tamp pressure than before, pour was even and a reasonable time.
    crema was still gone by end of cup but a lot smoother citrus flavour and a dark chocolate but not overly bitter finish.
    but the shot i just pulled was not so so good as it was obviously channeling but i think the dose was too low.

    i'm getting there.

  • Just a quick note for commuters or those working in or near Clerkenwell:

    Benugo, the cafe in the corner of Clerkenwell Road and St Johns road, is currently closed for redecoration and so they have a set up a little coffee van type thing for the duration selling decent coffee for just a pound a cup. I asked them about it and they said they were doing it virtually at cost (their words) in order to please their customer base during closure.

    is it better than dose, modern pantry, brill, espresso room or bea's though?
    spoiled for choice round there.

  • Pardon and Wood is the name of the new place on Gary's Inn* road.

    Lovely food - but my first coffee from there about ten minutes ago was fucking rank.

    I tried a 'Golden Heart' which I'd never heard of before.

    Way to waste square mile beans guys.

    Allegedly a 'medium' sized cup (fucking enormous) into which went a double shot of espresso which they dissolved golden syrup into. Then steamed some skimmed milk and poured in. The whole thing was sickly and sweet and something I'd expect at a naff chain store.

    What's more, they charged me £2.75 for the honour, pushing my lunch spend to £7.65 - I am disappoint.

    Food was very good. They have a lovely looking selection of cakes. I had a chicken salad with big chunks of decent chicken, nice sweet roasted vegetables and some perfectly OK pasta. Good dressing too. Perfect balance between tart and sweet.

    *Scobled

  • I used to get doorstop sandwiches from The Larder until they stared skimping on fillings. Ham, brie, red onion and marinated mushrooms though, DELISH.

  • is it better than dose, modern pantry, brill, espresso room or bea's though?
    spoiled for choice round there.

    Spoiled for choice if you're prepared to have a twenty minute journey for a coffee..

    Espresso room is a fifteen minute walk from Brill. Ten minutes from Bea's (which I've never been that impressed by) Modern Pantry is probably 20 minutes away from it.

    All well and good for a one off, or even better to sit in. But no use to pop out for a quick and decent coffee to bring back to work unless you like iced latte.

  • where is your office?

  • Bought a stainless steel gaggia classic for £135 in really good condition. Picking it up tonight, I cant wait!

  • where is your office?

    Laystall Street.

    So.. 10 minutes to Espresso Rooms.
    7 minutes to Bea's.
    7 minute's to Brill (Very fond of this place)
    4 minutes to Full City (Good and sometimes great coffee for £1)
    15 minutes to LMNH
    7 minutes to Modern Pantry
    10 minutes to Dose

    Otherwise it's just local little cafes which serve scalding hot milk/espresso based drinks or chain stores which serve limp, luke warm pints of milk with some espresso flavouring.

    Not CRAZY far. But the point is that you'd have to drink it en-route which I hate (Drinking from shitty cups while walking. I invariably spill it down my shirt.)
    If you wait to get back it's gone cold which is no fun.

    When the rapha/nude pop-up was there it took 20 seconds which was just fine :)

    Hence at the moment A - to save money and B - for the pleasure in the process, I use an aeropress at work with a cheap grinder and a tin of illy.

  • look out the window. that's me waving with one hand and pleasuring myself with the other.

  • gaggia baby-dose yours for £100, pop to espresso room for a bag of ground coffee.
    coffee at your desk. sorted.

  • ^^^^Nice work Jimm, if you don't like the cut of its jib I'll give it good home :)

    Actually. No. I'm saving for a La Pavoni (no idea how capable a machine it is but I could sit and stare lovingly at it for hours.

  • anyone want to buy a coffee shop business in kings cross?

    gumtree.com/london/92/6559069­2.html

    Only £25000

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