“ Three locations in London area to serve you! „
Ahhhh, like Dale Cooper, I love me a cup of hot, black Joe. Hence, I love The Monmouth Coffee Company, who brew one of the best cups in the capital. They're based on Monmouth Street in Covent Garden, hence the name, but you're more likely to smell their shop before you see it. They roast their beans on the premises, so for streets around, you can smell that earthy, slightly burnt smell of perfectly toasted beans.
Go inside, and you're confronted with a warm, old-fashioned, wood floored shop, with wooden tables and pew-like stalls for customers drinking in. This is a foody hangout, but it's as unpretentious and friendly as they come.
You can choose to drink in, take away or simply buy beans. If you choose the first option, I can promise you will get an absolutely sensational cuppa coffee. I'm talling rich, full-flavoured and so dark that you'll be asking (after Nigel Tufnel) 'How much more black could this be?'. If you're hungry, there are some delicious Villandry and Paul pastries and cakes for sale too. The atmosphere is unsnobby, relaxed and creative - this is is an ideal place to sit around and chat with friends, or even work (it's pretty well frequented by artsy types burning the candle at both ends, like journalists, artists and authors).
In terms of the beans on sale, the range is huge - far more impressive than you'll find in chains like Starbucks. You'll find something from nearly every major coffee producing area here, and plenty of beans from small single estate producers. Prices vary from the standard £2-3 for 125g upwards to the astronomical levels people pay for Blue Mountain (£12 plus for 125g), so pretty much anyone can find a coffee to suit their budget here. You'll also find several organic and fair trade options if you're the kind of person who likes to buy ethically. The shop can sell you the beans straight, or can grind them for you. They also sell a small range of coffee making equipment if you're an instant coffee drinker looking to try something new.
Staff are knowledgeable and helpful, and though the shop can be quite busy, putting them under pressure, they always seem cheerful and willing to help.
A five star hangout, and one of the places I miss most now I no longer live in London.
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