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Pitch 42 at Whitecross Street

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Ben Rowe
Pitch 42 at Whitecross Street
Barbican
Comedic duo Lee Hart and Jeremy Challender (co-director of Prufrock Coffee in Shoreditch) man the stall at pitch 42 of Whitecross Street Market. The equipment is serious – a La Marzocco machine and two grinders (an Anfim and a Mazzer Super Jolly) are lugged here daily. Their recommended flat white is lusciously silky and topped with flawless art; a single espresso is also just lovely. The blend is Square Mile’s winter espresso (a balanced combination of Brazilian and Ethiopian beans), and this time there were striking notes of orange oil and a commendable mellowness and length in the finish.
Venue name: Pitch 42 at Whitecross Street
Address: Pitch 42, Whitecross Street market
London
EC1
Opening hours: Open 8.30am-2.30pm
Transport: Tube: Barbican or Old Street tube/rail
Price: Espresso £1, flat white £2
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