I decided to take a staycation for the week and visit some cafe’s that are only open Monday to Friday for the business crowd. Cue Alchemy Coffee, a cafe located in the City of London, close to St Paul’s Underground Station. Let me start off by saying these guys really know their shit! Talk to any of the staff and they will be able to advise you on the different types of coffee, and what makes them special. Alchemy Coffee is a tiny little shop located on a corner of a quiet cobbled street in the City of London. I had arrived a little after the rush hour, but I imagine this place would be more suited for a takeaway on the way to the office, rather than a sit-in for a lengthy session. There isn’t any table space for seating, but they do have side benches facing out the window, It would be a little awkward for larger groups, but ideal for an intimate coffee. Due to its location it draws in the business crowd. I was the only person in jeans and a t-shirt. The thing that impres
I first discovered 3FE while doing some research on coffee in Dublin. I came across an interesting article on another coffee blog , about an investment banker turned award winning barista, and his coffee shop Third Floor Espresso . After chatting to my local friends, I soon realised that this guy had already made an impact on the coffee scene, and everyone had heard of him, duh! I’m from out of town, how was I to know? Anyway, I decided I had to check it out. 3FE moved out of it’s old home at the Twisted Pepper , making room for Vice Coffee Inc. and into its new location in the Docklands of Dublin. The cafe is very modern, and alternative. Most of the furniture is made from metal piping and slabs of exposed wood. The cafe itself is completely white with red power cables running across the ceiling, occasionally hanging down with lampshades for lighting. Each of the tables had a small jar of jam, for those ordering breakfast, which I thought was a nice touch.