The Camden Coffee Shop, established in 1978, has been serving the good customers of Camden and around for more than 30 years and stepping through the door is like stepping back in time. The roasting and grinding of the beans are done on the premises by owner George Constantinou. Using his original machines, George sticks to a small range of six or seven coffees at a time. Prices are low, and the atmosphere is low-key. The Camden Coffee Shop is a treasure; a lovely little bit of old London and, happily, there are no plans for that to change any time soon.
|Venue name:||Camden Coffee Shop||Contact:|
11 Delancey Street
|Opening hours:||Open 9.30am-5.30pm Mon-Wed, Fri, Sat; 9.30am-2.30pm Thur|
|Transport:||Tube: Camden Town tube|
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The shop is as interesting for it's form as it's function, being just a tiny room on Delancey St filled with ancient belt-driven grinding and roasting apparatus, bags of green coffee beans, stacks of lead weights for measurement, and strewn with sweepings from the roasters. On the business end of things, a selection of ~8 different roasted beans for purchase whole, or ground to your liking by George, who really is a lovely gent who you'll get to know over time. A 70/30 blend of his Santos Dark and Ethiopian Mocha is my current espresso of choice. Wonderful stuff.
One humble man, one tiny coffee roastery, a handful of exceptionally DELICIOUS coffee varieties. End of story. Ask any devout coffee lover in North London and they will tell you about Camden Coffee. Easily my favorite coffee provider, ever. Low-key, modest hole in the wall... Walk up Delancey Street in Camden and you will smell the goods before you see the shop: Just follow your nose. Enjoy.
I used to smell the coffee each morning as I walked to school- and 30 years later he is still there. Hand roasted coffee beans - Kenya AA is best but try them all- and service with a smile. A proper local shop in Camden...
the best coffee I ever bought anywhere in Europe, and always a lovely experience buying from a unique longstanding local business. My favorite? 75% Kenya AA and 25% Continental
It is like walking into history. There is no high technology here and the smell is to die for. The beans are all roasted on site and the wonderful smell hits you as you walk up Delancy Street. I love it and don't want it to change in any way. The variety of beans on offer is also fantastic. It puts your modern coffee shops to shame.
George sells the best coffee beans in London (Santos Dark, because we like it strong in our household). My wife won't drink anything else now. She justifies the purchase of a very expensive bean-to-cup coffee machine by the amount of money she's saved because she can no longer drink inferior, fresh-brewed coffee from high street outlets. She's right too. The Camden Coffee Shop is of another era, undeveloped, charming and delight to visit. The complex smell of freshly roasted beans hits you 50 meters from George's front door and pulls you by the nose into his other world.
Going there to get some right now to replenish our stocks - top priority for our place because nothing else compares to George's beans.
I love Kenyan coffee and usually buy Tescos own brand, which is really very nice. I occasionally treat myself and buy Kenyan beans and grind my own. I bought some Kenyan beans at this shop expecting them to be full of the bright spicy flavour one gets with good (or even an average) Kenyan. However, what I ended up with was a cup hot, bitterish water with no flavour whatsoever. Very disappointed. Won't be going back.