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Department of Coffee & Social Affairs

Restaurants, Cafés Holborn
4 out of 5 stars
(13user reviews)
Guy Dimond

Time Out says

DCSA gets very busy during the week, while weekends are relaxed. We’re particularly fond of the fabulously unkempt brickwork, which might make you think you’re in a building site rather than a coffee bar. Other pleasures include good but unobtrusive music, and the warmest service you could ask for. All the coffee begins as espresso and is always well made, from beans provided by a range of roasters. The machine is well tended to between coffees, and milk is foamed, poured and decorated carefully.

Food is simple and high quality: a handful of sandwiches and a lovely spread of baked goods, some made here and others bought in. Our only grumble – unchanged from previous visits – is that our espresso could have been hotter. All staff need to do is heat the cups, for heaven’s sake. But this is hardly a unique problem, and certainly not enough to keep us away.




Address: 14-16 Leather Lane
Transport: Tube: Chancery Lane
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Users say (13)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 4 star:7
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:1
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Leather Lane is a hub of independent coffee shops, DoCaSA is one of my fave little spots to get away from the office for a spot of lunch - it ticks all the boxes of artisan coffee shops with it's fancy fan-dangled coffee range and industrial chic setting, but they've done it well. The coffee is deliciously smooth and tasty and they offer a lovely range of sandwiches. Yesterday I took advantage of the sandwich and coffee deal for six quid and opted for the chicken pesto sandwich, toasted - it was one of the nicest I've had, really full of flavour. Highly recommended.


I visited the Farringdon branch of DCSA (who knew it needed an acronym!) and it was rather welcoming with a cheery barrista despite lots of raindrops outside. I didnt actually have a coffee but opted for a hot chocolate made me with soya milk. Was heavenly and I actually welcomed the small sizes as it was rich and you really can have too much of a bad thing. What gave this place 4 stars for me though was the excellent gluten free peanut butter and banana bread. I was suprised the barrista offered to heat it up and then brought it over to us with butter. It was perfect for a wintery day with a hot choc! I actually aborted engagement ring shopping for this and my gosh, it was worth it! :D 

The coffee and food at any of the Department's locations are amazing. Their customer service is fantastic, and they never judge you for drinking too much coffee.

Cool industrial interiors with great coffee and cake, perfect to while away the hours.


The DCSA in Farringdon is well located on Leather Lane. With large tables and plenty of seating it's a useful spot for a business meeting or catch up with friends.

Their coffee is drinkable (I'm not a connoisseur) and the chocolate twist I grabbed for breakfast was fresh and tasty. It's a little pricey, but it's a great atmosphere and the Wi-Fi is speedy, so it tends to deliver!


DCSA Piccadilly used to be my local when working just off Piccadilly Circus, it was perfect. The staff all know their stuff, they're friendly (and usually playing some absolute classics over the PA system), the service is efficient and most importantly, the coffee is delicious. Sure, it's tiny and you might have to queue out the door, but if you're in the local area, there's no better place to grab your caffeine fix to go.


I love my coffee and so do these guys... If you have a question, ask them. If you want a recommendation, they can provide it! Great coffee, great atmosphere and not too pricey compared to other trendy coffee shops...

Big fan of the Spitalfields Market shop as well, really good for people watching and just out the back of a cute little shop!

The second time I tried a Time Out highly rated coffee and it was horrible. A friend hated this and a Carnaby Street area guide rated it poorly. I am loath to try any more Time Out highly rated coffees unless they're single estate coffees. You never know what's in a blend.


Very nice staff. I thought their latte was a little too milky, but my friend ordered a doubleshot and that was much better. Went on a nice quiet day and stayed till late to do work, and it was pretty nice with a good music playlist. 

A good coffee but what a great location, friendly, knowledgeable staff and an interior that makes you want to hang around.

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