Last week I decided to start learning more about coffee and to find the best coffee shop in central London. Reynolds on Eastcastle Street is a big hit on Qype and one of the Duracell free coffee shops so I went along.
[Note the Duracell offer did not work when I texted (apparently its a glitch in the system) so I’ve stopped advertising it on this blog. But the guys at Hill & Knowlton organising it, who are veh nice, are on the case and I’ll let you know when its up and running again (and thanks to H&W for sending me a free Duracell charger thingie as compensation).]
I loved Reynolds, loved it. Its the HPL’s perfect cafe – great ingredients, local, good value, friendly, quirky. Sadly only two tables outside but luckily Penelope managed to nab one so we could have a relaxed natter over lunch. The idea is you buy small things (around £1-3 each) – half a wrap, some salad, maybe soup – and add it all up to an interesting lunch. I ended up having a roast salmon and advocado wrap with a bean and feta salad and it was delicious and cheap too.
Anyway I came for the coffee so we had this afterwards. This time I remembered to ask where the beans were from, and they are the ones above – a Guatemalan hand-roasted mix (on sale there for £3.85) and very nice too. I ordered a two-expresso shot flat white (antipodean-influenced coffee craze) and Penelope had a cappucino – £2 each for a huge coffee so great value.
It was a lovely coffee – really smooth and just a tiny tang of bitterness and gave me enough of a kick that I felt really en fuego all afternoon. I’m beginning to find a good coffee a real treat – it even affects my mood. Bit of a revelation!