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Coffee Island

Restaurants, Coffeeshops Covent Garden
3 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

The first London outpost of a gadget-heavy Greek chain.

Sat in the epicurean interzone between Seven Dials (heaven) and Leicester Square (hell), Coffee Island is the first London outpost of a Greek chain. It may appear generic as heck from the outside – dare I say it, as you might imagine a Greek coffee chain to look– but step into the lofty room and things improve from the off. Aesthetically, it’s still a tad uninspired (swathes of wood, a glass-fronted cabinet of workaday sandwiches and so on) but they’ve clearly done their homework where it counts. For a start, there’s a menu of single origin coffees (plus an espresso blend), available via a host of decent brew methods: your standard chemex, V60 and Aeropress (impressive to see in a chain, though standard barista kit), but also a tray of hot sand for making Turkish style coffee. Seriously. Staff are genial and well informed: I asked for a decent strong blend for a V60, and was handed a full-bodied, single-estate Brazilian Ametista. Very good it was too, with a carefully timed bloom and none of the ropey insipidness that pour-overs have a tendency towards. All the gear and plenty of ideas, it seems.


Address: 5 Upper St Martin’s Ln
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square
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Users say (4)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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I'm pretty fond of this place. The staff is incredibly welcoming and knowledgeable, there is a good range of quality coffee at very reasonable prices and a load of teas and herbs as well. I would choose cookies and cake over salad and sandwiches any day, but the gluten-free lemon polenta cake is amazing! Usually not overpacked and a good spot upstairs to work on the free WiFi or read through some of the coffee publications.

Without a doubt, the best cup of coffee in the capital. I first visited Coffee island between meetings in the area and was blown away by every aspect - from the knowledge of the staff to the range of beans and flavours available to that first amazing cup of coffee. Ever since, I have made sure I get myself to Coffee Island even if it means a detour on my journey - it's that good! Keep up the great work Coffee Island!

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My favourite coffee stop-off en route to work. They have more kit, more knowledge than most of the (often excellent) cool coffee shops in central London. However there is none of the pretention - and even better a lower price tag. I only pay £2 for a filter coffee, which will usually set you back £2.60 or even more.

 I've become a regular at Coffee Island because not only is the coffee DELICIOUS (seriously, for coffeeholics, it's the happiest place on Earth!), but also because the staff are so sweet, it's nice to get my morning coffee with a smile. Plus they know what they're doing and don't spoil the coffee with tons of sugary, fatty crap on top. I mean, I'm sure if that's what you want they'd do it to please you, but I'd rather get my taste from the beans, really. To sum up: great coffee, superb staff. I've added a photo I've taken.

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