Relocated to UK
I've just relocated to the UK from Sydney.
Asides from the major things such as finding a job, open a bank account number etc, I need to sort out my coffee situation.
I've left behind a few nice toys - namely an Alex Duetto, Behmor and a couple of Mazzers. I'll be here for up to two years and would be keen to have a simple coffee setup over here.
Can anyone give me a run down on reputable suppliers in the city of london (both equipment and roasters/beans)? There's too much information on google and I can't work out what's good and what's not.
I'm also thinking about a nespresso setup but it just wont be the same (although it does produce a better coffee than some of the cafes around here). Cheers!!
OK... it's not in London... the shop is actually located in Northamptonshire, but Claudette at Bellabarista has everything you're looking for (from roasting to brewing) and delivers nationwide. Google the name for some great online shopping and perving.
Can't help you with hardware, but plenty of places sell beans by 'Square Mile' and 'Hasbean', both of which are pretty good. I largely used Hasbean's online service to fuel my Aeropress. They are very efficient, and I really enjoyed all of the beans that I received (ordered weekly for 3 months....postage is v.cheap in the UK). If you are at the City end of town, you might pop up to the Old St Tube station, above which are two cafes Shoreditch Grind and Ozone Coffeee Roasters where the guys running the show might be able to point you to equipment suppliers. Both of these cafes make excellent coffee. Shoreditch Grind (ex-Melbournites) use Square Mile beans (I think) while Ozone (ex-pat Kiwis)roast their own range of blends and SOs. Prufrock cafe is not far either, and is also top notch.
Originally Posted by specialpants
If you are in the Westminster vicinity there's a small place called the Flat Cap Coffee something which I reckon is pretty good....but I only had 2 or 3 coffees there.
Check coffeeforum.co.uk. There are very helpful chaps over there.
Should be coffeeforums.co.uk
Thanks for the tips guys.
I'll definitely check out that site... but it may be a few months before I get anything. I'll be moving around over the next 6 months, so I wasn't too keen with lugging around heaps of metal. I did end up getting a Nespresso setup for morning coffees. It's not too bad, and the whole setup is quite small/light weight.
Having said that, I did bring over my hario + aeropress from Australia - which will come handy when I visit the cafes suggested above.