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The New Black

Restaurants, Coffeeshops City of London
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A clean and clinical coffee shop near the Monument.

With an array of lab-style equipment, glass and burnished steel interiors, squelchy future-pop on the stereo and a giant bean flavour chart on the wall, The New Black is an imposing place for serious caffeine junkies. Unassuming tourists be warned: it might be located on a side street near the Monument but this is not a place to grab a tepid cappuccino-on-the-go.

Roasters and beans are perused on a till-side iPad. They’re varied and global – North Carolina’s Counter Culture, Small Batch Roasters from Melbourne and Norway’s Tim Wendleboe are featured on my visit. Staff are genial and skilled. A long Americano made using beans from Cape Town’s Truth Coffee Roasting was light and sweet, with an astringent first taste that quickly mellowed – a perfect foil to a slice of foresty, vegan Green Power Tart. All this comes at a price, and a punchy one at that: espresso is nearly three quid, the excellent pastries are Lilliputian, and even the takeaway lids look expensive. But in a city already lousy with excellent artisanal coffee shops, The New Black provides a warm welcome from a cool, clinical future.

The New Black says
The New Black is a revolutionary, modern coffee experience where worldwide artisan coffees and teas are celebrated and enjoyed in one place.


Address: 10 Philpot Lane
Transport: Tube: Monument
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I discovered this coffee shop when I was in Singapore and found out they had just opened in London and so I made it my mission to try it when I was back. It looks like a wonderland for coffee lovers; and it is; colourful and looks like a mad scientist's lab. Their take-away cups are such great quality I asked for a take-away cup even if we were dining in. One wall displays the coffee notes in colours and makes it slightly easier to decide but I still needed the help of the barista. I ended up picking Verve as a flat white and boy it was really delicious. I can't wait to be in the area again to go here and try more coffees from this cool coffee shop.

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