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This former Prêt was transformed in spring 2013 into an independent coffee shop. The uniform fittings have been replaced by second-hand tables and an eclectic selection of pews to perch on. Their back wall is decked out with a line of drip filters for sampling single origin coffees such as Ethiopian Konga Natural Yirgacheffe.
The house espresso blend is sourced from Union Coffee Roasters, but beans from other roasters (such as Caravan and Workshop) also make an appearance. From their La Marzocco machine, you can opted for their house espresso – the dark-roasted Foundation Blend (a mix of Guatamalan, Indonesian and Indian beans) or their ‘guest espresso’. On our visit it was a soft-bodied, citrusy Brazilian number with a decent crema (head).
To fill your belly, there’s the usual selection of pastries, sarnies and quiches. They’re a little on the pricy side though, with a grilled pork and cheese baguette setting you back a substantial £5.90.
23 Southampton Row
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