I’m not going to lie, the smell of coffee excites me. The taste not so much. Every now and then, I have a mocha or latte in a café, usually because the choice of tea is poor and I forgot my own at home. I like espresso but it gives me the shakes. A couple of weeks ago, I had a meeting in Brick Lane. As a Londoner I should probably feel some shame in admitting that it was my first time in this part of London. I’m a South West London woman; what can I say? Is it just me or is East London seriously cool? In my all black ensemble of shift dress, stockings and heels, I looked and felt very much out of place. Clearly, I’m not ‘down with the hipsters’.
Anyway, there I was ‘stuck’ in East London and in search of a café to get some work done when the lovely Twitter folk pointed me in the direction of Nude Espresso. With the roastery just down the road (I took a wrong turn and ended up there first!) and the strong aroma as soon as you walk through the door, I figured this was probably a good occasion to forgo my usual tea. The helpful staff talked me into having London’s best lemon and poppy seed muffin to go with my mocha. The mocha was too small for the £2+ it cost though it was absolutely delicious. Velvety and rich without any type of bitterness and don’t even get me started on that muffin. The décor is simple, the place clean and the staff lovely. The only downside is that the music was too loud. It’s a coffee shop, not a rave.
Have I been converted to coffee? Absolutely not, however, this was a positive experience and I look forward to discovering more of London’s cafés. Definitely one for the coffee lovers. Where do you get your caffeine fix in London?
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