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The New Black (CLOSED)

Restaurants, Coffeeshops City of London

Time Out says

Please note, The New Black has now closed. Time Out Food editors, MARCH 2020. 

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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