Department of Coffee & Social Affairs

Restaurants , Cafés Farringdon
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Guy Dimond

DCSA gets very busy during the week, while weekends are relaxed. We’re particularly fond of the fabulously unkempt brickwork, which might make you think you’re in a building site rather than a coffee bar. Other pleasures include good but unobtrusive music, and the warmest service you could ask for. All the coffee begins as espresso and is always well made, from beans provided by a range of roasters. The machine is well tended to between coffees, and milk is foamed, poured and decorated carefully.

Food is simple and high quality: a handful of sandwiches and a lovely spread of baked goods, some made here and others bought in. Our only grumble – unchanged from previous visits – is that our espresso could have been hotter. All staff need to do is heat the cups, for heaven’s sake. But this is hardly a unique problem, and certainly not enough to keep us away.


Venue name: Department of Coffee & Social Affairs
Address: 14-16 Leather Lane
Opening hours: Open 7am-6pm Mon-Fri; 10am-5pm Sat, Sun
Transport: Tube: Chancery Lane
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Average User Rating

3.7 / 5

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I love my coffee and so do these guys... If you have a question, ask them. If you want a recommendation, they can provide it! Great coffee, great atmosphere and not too pricey compared to other trendy coffee shops...

Big fan of the Spitalfields Market shop as well, really good for people watching and just out the back of a cute little shop!

Chantal O

The second time I tried a Time Out highly rated coffee and it was horrible. A friend hated this and a Carnaby Street area guide rated it poorly. I am loath to try any more Time Out highly rated coffees unless they're single estate coffees. You never know what's in a blend.

Richard N

Very nice staff. I thought their latte was a little too milky, but my friend ordered a doubleshot and that was much better. Went on a nice quiet day and stayed till late to do work, and it was pretty nice with a good music playlist. 


A good coffee but what a great location, friendly, knowledgeable staff and an interior that makes you want to hang around.