Next stop from my express coffee tour around London was:
Association Coffee – located on Creechurch lane 10, again a place with high standards regarding the coffee served. Their coffee suppliers are Square Mile and Workshop. I had a wonderful Sitio Canaa aeropress at the brew bar. There is a big mirror behind the bar, actually the whole wall is a mirror, which reminded me of the interior of Screaming Beans in Amsterdam, because they had a mirror, everything was a bit brownish and dim lighted there as well, but a bit too glossy. The Association lacks the elegance, it’s very straightforward. And the baristi’s aprons were interesting, with weird looking straps at the back. You can see photos of the place here.
The Attendant – at 27A Foley Street. I didn’t really have time to stay here for a coffee, so I am not going to say anything about that, but I couldn’t skip it as well, because the concept is quite…unconventional. This place has been a public toilet before it has been renovated into a café. It’s definitely not for everybody, but I personally think it’s genius. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? Being different from the competition. The irony is, there’s no actual toilet there.
Curators Coffee Studio – 9 Cullum Street. It really is like a studio, an artistic one, as the place is full of very cool illustrations. I had the opportunity to stay there a bit longer and drink coffee a bit…longer. I started of with a filter, they don’t brew on demand, so be sure it’s fresh when ordering. The suppliers usually are Square Mile, Union or Nude. It would have been nice to be able to see more of what’s happening behind their turquoise La Marzocco Strada, but that’s how it is. Later on I tried their house espresso which is a blend – 70% Brazil and 30% Tanzania – which is really smooth indeed and has apricot notes. Every month they feature and espresso based beverage, absolutely their creation. This time it was an espresso with apple and grapefruit juice and rosemary. I find it very interesting and creative.