Caffeine’d


For all those coffeeholics out there

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Make the most of your roast – not to be missed coffee spots in Shoreditch / Hoxton / Old Street

David Lynch once said: “Even bad coffee is better than no coffee at all.” He also said: “The concept of absurdity is something I’m attracted to”, so let’s take that with a pinch of salt.

I prefer the mantra “no coffee at all is better than bad coffee”, even for a caffeine dependant such as myself. The good news is that if you find yourself in the Shoreditch/Hoxton/Old Street area, caffeine withdrawal needn’t be a reality you have to face. The other good news is that you don’t need to be an expert to pick your poison. Why not? Well, because we’ve rounded up the best spots on offer.

Jumping straight in and in reverse order:

 

3. Shoreditch Grind

On the map

Defining characteristics:

Location location location. Straddling Old Street roundabout itself, it’s actually pretty difficult to not visit Shoreditch Grind if you’re passing through the area. Exposed brickwork, diner styling and neon lights form the basis of the autocratically-titled “trendy coffee shop”.

Coffee:

Better than most, not the best.

 

2. Ozone Coffee Roasters

On the map

Defining characteristics:

Gorgeous in-house roastery on display, a more-comfortable-than-home interior and some serious coffee knowhow.

Coffee:

Outstanding. As freshly roasted and ground as you could ask for and prepared with some serious love. Ozone’s cold brew coffee is definitely worth exploring.

 

1. Origin Coffee

On the map

Defining characteristics:

It is my favourite and that should be good enough.

Coffee:

Given the quality of coffee on offer in the area, the #1 spot is not awarded lightly. Particularly of note is the roasting – it’s perfect. In fact, I would highly advise buying their beans for home use. Thankfully, their beans are not on the “I’ll have to remortgage my house” end of the spectrum at around £7-8/250g. A flat white gets me through the day and Origin make theirs with their Pathfinder roast, I advise that you do the same.

 

If you think we’ve overlooked somewhere that should have made the list, email info@bitchinkitchen.co.uk and we’ll try our best to visit!

Author

Charnah Bradley
Resident Billtong Supplier