Cafe Review: Flat White

November 2nd, 2006

Flat White

17 Berwick Street, Soho, London, W1F 0PT

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I’ve been visiting these guys since they opened, and make no secret of the fact that I get on well with them.  It is always nice to walk into a cafe, say hi and have a cup of coffee pushed into your hand with an enthusiastic “try this!”.

The cafe is pretty small, kind of long and thin with a line of seating facing the bar.  In summer it gets unbelievably hot, but the coffee is good enough to still have it packed out.

The way they brew coffee is a long way from espresso’s origins, exported from Italy to New Zealand (the owners and staff are all kiwis) and then dragged back to London.  Some serious updosing is done here, so a single espresso is brewed from maybe 20g+ of coffee.  The result is very sweet (they use Monmouth’s espresso blend), intense little shot.  For some it could be too much, too intense, but I quite enjoy it.

They have a great reputation for their milk drinks, and they do a great job with them.  Latte art of just about everything and you get a feeling their is a little competition amongst the guys about this.  I don’t usually drink milk drinks, cos I don’t really like milk all that much, but I don’t mind a flat white or cappuccino here because they are nice and small and they taste really good.

Their hot chocolate.

A cappuccino

They’ve had plenty of good press, most of which adorns the back of their machines so you can read it whilst you are waiting to order.

A very successful cafe and rightly so.

[tags]coffee, barista, london cafe, cafe review, flat white, espresso[/tags]

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