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Last of the summer beans: where to grab the ultimate cup of cold brew

Richard Ehrlich

Summer is almost over - grab one of London's most refreshing cold brews before the sun goes into hibernation.


There are loads of bottles of cold press around, but the one at Allpress’s new eastern outpost takes a lot of beating. The bean content changes according to what’s good at the time. Ours was an Ethiopian single-estate with just the right balance of sweetness and bite. Perfection. 55 Dalston Lane, E8 2NG.


This is the wackiest cold-coffee innovation of the last year: a silky brew with tonic water mixed in. You would expect it to suck. But you would be wrong, because the slight fizz and the quinine kick of the tonic contribute something entirely wonderful. Who’d have thought it? 58 Greek St, W1D 3DY.


Apologies are made at Clarke’s for the technology-lite, old-fashioned method: a double shot of Monmouth espresso shaken till it begs for mercy then strained into a tall glass over ice. If ever an apology was not needed, it’s for this awesome drink. Have it black; sugar optional. 124 Kensington Church St, W8 4BH.


Nitro coffee – cold press made lightly fizzy with nitrogen – was pioneered by Shoreditch Grind. You can get it at Southerden too. And because this is the (tiny and lovely) retail showcase for an outstanding bakery in Spa Terminus, you can drink your nitro alongside something sweet and sensational. 72 Bermondsey St, SE1 3UD.


Iced lattes and flat whites are usually made by adding the brew to the icy milk. At TDD things are reversed: a double espresso (Allpress beans) is brewed on to ice and then poured on to milk. Watching the milky cascade is fun. Drinking the result is even better. 73 Kentish Town Rd, NW1 8HY.

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