BOOK REVIEW by Belinda Morris.
111 Coffee Shops In London – that you must not miss
By Kirstin Von Glasow
(£11.99, Emons Verlag)
If your idea of a great coffee shop is Costa (I’m not knocking them, I quite like them too) then your caffeine education is – like mine – in need of a serious update. So woefully behind the times am I, that I wasn’t even aware, until I read this book, that London must thank Australians and New Zealanders (largely) for a whole new wave of establishments that have turned coffee-making into an art form.
It’s not just that these 111 shops serve a decent brew (goes without saying), many of them roast their own beans and combine coffee with stuff like art, music, literature, Spanish charcuterie, French patisseries, hooks for bikes and, er, legal advice. They can be exotic, eccentric, hip, entertaining or down-to-earth, but what they have in common with one another is that the owners/managers have a passion for coffee and offering something that little different from the high street norm.
As well as giving a decent two-page spread to each shop, with useful info like address, opening hours, how to find it and what else you can do/see in the area, the author includes a glossary of coffee terms (meaning you can casually order a ‘flat white’, ‘espresso flight’ or ‘ristretto’ with authority. There’s also a handy map indicating the location of every shop featured.
Fab little book.