The customer might always be right but it’s the barista who really defines today’s speciality coffee houses. From ethics to branding, service to flavour baristas in the fields of speciality coffee know their customers and their customers trust them. In 2016 it isn’t so much about growing the coffee market. But refining it for discerning clientele and doing it in your own unique and brilliant way. So here’s how some of the most stylish London speciality coffee houses are defining their brands with a wealth of diversity…
This is one of the places people are talking about, and since talking and coffee go very much hand in hand. That’s the kind of coffee house most of us are looking to cultivate. Right in the centre of London, the history of Attendant, Fitzrovia is a talking point in itself as it’s a converted Victorian public loo. Naturally it’s been tidied up somewhat before becoming a coffee house, but it’s original features make it interesting from the word go. They’re also big on combining community, space, style and speciality coffee. In fact it’s built on a philosophy of creating experiences for communities through quality products and design.
Described as a café come bicycle workshop, bar and exhibition space, these people are big on bikes and coffee trailblazers. Making them true to the particular community vibe, lifestyle and ethos that suits their clientele. The great name instantly gives an indication about their culture as a cool and fun place to hang out. Even more so because of their regular exhibitions, film screenings, live cyclesport and cycle speed dating. Crucially, they’re passionate about high quality in coffee and mechanics (much like Curtis Brewers UK) and it’s the combination of the two that delivers a good brew. It’s like they got up one morning and decided to make a business from the things they love the most… in fact, that’s exactly what they’ve done.
With a number of venues across London, we’re particularly keen on Notes in Trafalgar Square. Which is, quite simply, a lovely space to spend time in. Everything from the location to the ambience is delightful, but very different from the other places mentioned so far. Smart and sophisticated it’s close to the theatre, and the sort of place you would feel well prepared and highly presented if you met there for a business meeting. Coffee and the way in which it’s brewed is the cornerstone of their experience. And they present that in all other areas of their design and in-house presentation.
Ozone create all their own blends and are a very cool urban place to hang out in London. They combine their coffee with good food and a big open space so you can see. Where the coffee beans are mixed in the downstairs basement. Essentially what they do is invite you into a wider coffee world, and that’s what we love about it. Really expanding the experience for the consumer who wants to know more about the integrity of what’s being served and how. They say their vision is to ‘consistently aspire to coffee excellence’. Which is what we do at Curtis Brewers UK through engineering that’s been developed and refined over a 75-year history as a family business.
These guys have a reputation for being incredible bakers. Fabrique started in Sweden and they bring that vibe to the UK. Combining a number of areas that complement the baking and being true to their ideals of specialist products and high quality. It’s about doing everything properly from the stone oven baked bread to high quality sourced ingredients. What could possibly go better with really well done baked goods than really good, fresh tasting coffee? Fabrique are wonderful because their identity is unique, clear and accessible. Customer service is paramount but they retain their values about delivering high quality products and customer experience – things that can be hard to juggle without the right equipment.
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