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A café in Islington specialising in hot chocolate.
It’s no surprise that artisan hot chocolate café Jaz & Jul’s is busiest on Sundays. Coffee might be the pick-me-up of choice on weekday mornings, but when it comes to a lazy weekend afternoon, nothing beats hot creamy cocoa. Plus, Jaz & Jul’s warming treats are a little bit special.
Originally sold at food markets, the powder (made by the two friends) is vegan, organic and created from real chocolate, spices and essential oils. As served at the duo’s new hangout at the back end of Chapel Market, it comes thin, milky and Nesquik-brown, like a six-year-old’s nightcap.
The ‘Madagascar’ – a simple 61 percent cocoa drink – was warm and rich but not too sweet, and the ‘Orangeytang’ tasted like a dark Terry’s Chocolate Orange with a hint of cardamom and cinnamon. Priced at £2.80 and £3.30, they cost about the same as drinks in nearby Pret, so are great value for money. For an extra 50p, you can get both with mini marshmallows and cream. But we went for an all-out treat: a giant handmade cocoa and strawberry marshmallow topper, which was light but gooey and tasted a bit like Neapolitan ice cream.
The drinking chocolate is made on site in a backroom with a glass window so you can watch. It’s clearly the star of the show at the café, as Jaz & Juls’ cakes are tasty but not quite as delicious. Their Blondie was very sweet and very beige (in colour, texture and taste) – although the chunks of dark chocolate in it were vibrant. The dense banana bread was more of success, with a balance sweetness and saltiness as well as bitter cocoa nibs dotted through it. Both cost less than £3.
Apart from the food, the two-floored space has quite a students’ union vibe, with a mix of two-seater tables, sofas and booths. Oh, and don’t worry cocoa-phobes: they do Monmouth coffee too
Users say (11)
Average User Rating
3.9 / 5
- 5 star:6
- 4 star:2
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:2
A chocolate lover’s paradise where chocolate seems to sneak into all the dishes in weird and wonderful ways.I even enjoyed a healthy salad with chocolate undertones and the cinnamon and coco-dusted French toast in a banana and coconut batter was heaven. Staff are lovely and there’s a cheerful laid-back buzz. There’s also sunny outdoor seating and a spacious basement area with a living room feel and interesting décor.A great place to spend a few hours working or reading a book from their ‘book swap’ shelves while enjoying hot chocolate from an incredible range. My favourite is Masala Mojo with almond milk, topped with whipped vegan coconut cream. Delicious beyond words.
My favourite place for hot chocolate. Large choice of flavours, but I
prefer the plain varieties from a single origin. Very good! I'm not
vegan, but vegan choices are available including coconut cream and and
marshmallows. They also have a great selection of cakes and Sunday
brunch choices. The chocolate cakes with changing flavours should not be
missed! Staff are all great! We've been there many times and will be
back. Very comfortable with atmospheric downstairs area
As a dedicated chocoholic I have to say I disagree with the previous comments. Perfect spot for brunch, when I went last weekend I went for the sourdough toast with peanut butter, banana, blueberries and chocolate, accompanied by a velvety hot chocolate. 5 stars from me :)
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