Prufrock coffee is on the bustling Leather Lane a few minutes’ walk from Chancery Lane tube. The interior is light, high ceilinged and has the feel of a converted workshop or factory. They use mostly Square Mile Coffee with Red Brick as their everyday espresso blend and a range of guest espressos: on my visit they had two guest Ethiopian blends – Reko and Sweetshop which is made of 50% Reko and 50% naturally produced Wonago (ie with the beans being dried in the sun rather than being washed).
My flat white was adorned with well crafted latte art and the milk treatment very good, with soft and silky microfoam. The sweetshop espresso spoke clearly through the milk with dark berries and hints of prune, lifted by citrusy overtones. I agree with the Picky Glutton’s 5 star review of Prufrock’s flat white, this is one of London’s best.
Coffee score: 9.5/10
Speakeasy is from the Dept. of Coffee and Social Affairs stable and is an oasis of calm away from the crowds of Carnaby Street. Their house espresso comes from the Coffesmiths collective, the brainchild of a couple of London based Kiwi coffee geeks – they sample hundreds of single estate coffees to create their own blends. Speakeasy also have a range of guest espressos and on my visit I couldn’t resist trying the wonderful The Earl’s Mistress again. I opted for a macchiato – the coating of milk softened the deep grapefruit and grenadine notes of the powerful espresso, a wonderful coffee.
Coffee score: 8/10
LongShot is a third wave coffee shop situated on a quiet street about 5 minutes’ walk from Aldgate East station. They use Climpson for their Espresso – the house blend is The Baron arabica made up of 44% Bolivian, 40% Brazilian, 13% Mexican and 3% Ethiopian beans. They also offer Monmouth coffee via aeropress and are planning to introduce a guest espresso.
The milk treatment on my flat white was decent and the espresso was subtle and chocolatey, with only a subtle caffeine hit. Definitely worth a visit.
Coffee score: 7/10