Shoreditch Grind has acquired a good reputation since its founding in 2011, and there’s much to admire. The high-ceilinged space has a striking view of Silicon Roundabout. And food and drink are mostly up to scratch.
Cappuccino and a piccolo (espresso and foamed milk in roughly equal proportions) were both competently made and served hot. Espresso was below that standard, with a weak crema and a little too highly roasted for our taste, but baked goods (apricot tart and raspberry crumble muffin) were distinguished even compared to the generally high baking standards of London coffee bars.
However, the Grind was let down by a certain lack of TLC in service. We were offered paper cups on one visit, even for coffee to be drunk on the premises. The barista looked a little hang-doggish; there was some sloppy wiping of the steam wand on the La Marzocco machine. Used coffee cups and other detritus sat on tables too long, even with staff passing by. Polish up the service and this turns into a place that does full justice to the location.