coffee on Hackney Road, London

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coffee on Hackney Road, London

Postby Jasonscheltus » Sun Apr 27, 2008 6:59 pm

This is probably something for all the lost Australians out there, but...

Came across a new small place on Hackney Road (after a nice breakfast at Leila's place on Arnold Circus), we had a long macchiato and a double espresso which were good. I can't remember the name of the coffee they use; I hadn't seen it before.

The food looked nice, and the guy sounded like he was from Sydney but I didn't ask.

It's just before Haggerston Park out on Hackney road.
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Postby Gouezeri » Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:06 pm

Jason, does it have a name, or is it just called "coffee"? :-S
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Postby Jasonscheltus » Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:10 pm

ha! I'm sure it does have a name, and I'm sure it's not "Coffee on Hackney Road"

Although I was in a rush and I don't want to get it wrong, I'll have a stab and say it's called Bittersweet (or something at least involving that word)... Sorry about the sketchy details, like I said, we were in a little rush and downed the coffee in the rain outside.
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Postby Gwilym » Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:31 pm

bitter sweet taste of love?
has a unforgettable name but cannot seem to remember it
not been in yet - just opened
(how much coffee do you drink on our day off - i made 4 shots & it would be a shame not to have a coffee at leilas-hear jack may be working there soon)
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Postby Jasonscheltus » Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:41 pm

yeah, maybe too much coffee....Bitter sweet taste of love sounds about right.

The coffee from you was excellent and they weren't both (cough, or four) for me! And I did have one at Leila's and it was good too (though the eggs were amazing).. Jack might have a weird time going from a Synesso to a 10-year old lever machine, would be really interesting to play around one of those.
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Postby Bombcup » Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:54 pm

Jason & Gwilym, Don't know if you've mentioned it before but are you in the coffee business? Don't be shy to name names! Would be good to hear about the pro side of things down that london.
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Postby Gwilym » Mon Apr 28, 2008 6:13 pm

bitter taste of love
had a good italian style shot. bit of robusta but not overpowering. rich smooth. nice addition to hackney road
(the london aussies are even making a move to dominate italian style)
wonderchunder - yep i make a lot of coffee in east london though spilling beans may have to wait
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Postby BillyT » Thu May 01, 2008 8:56 pm

Hi Guys,

Just thought Id fill in some of the gaps...

We're called Taste of Bitter Love at 276 Hackney Road

We use Danesi Gold as a blend, it's all Arabica, generally from Columbia and Brazil, but I'm with Gwilym, tastes like they sneak some robusta in there.. Regardless it's great..

Thanks for the mention!

Oh yeah, we're from Melbourne!
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Postby Gouezeri » Thu May 01, 2008 9:12 pm

Hey Billy, thanks for the intro and welcome to the site!
Another antipodean eh! One of these days we really must start a thread on why so many Aussies and Kiwis have opened bars here, and where the coffee culture that you guys have comes from, as you've clearly got a head start on the rest of us!
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Postby CakeBoy » Fri May 02, 2008 7:41 pm

Welcome Billy, and thanks for filling in the info gap :D
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Postby BillyT » Sun Aug 24, 2008 10:59 pm

Just a quick update on this old post about our cafe, for those of you who trek through London for unique coffee experiences. We're no longer using the Danesi at the shop. While we will miss the gutsy dark roasted Roman flavour, there's a good reason..

Square Mile Coffee Roasters started roasting brilliant tasting coffee on our doorstep. So we use them now.
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Postby lukas » Mon Aug 25, 2008 10:20 am

When visiting Squaremile I went there by foot, and after a long day walking your café seemed no less than an oasis to me :)
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Postby Gwilym » Mon Aug 25, 2008 4:05 pm

One of my regulars tells me you have a lovely new Linea too
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Postby Styles » Mon Aug 25, 2008 11:01 pm

I'm ashamed to admit I live just minutes from Bitter Sweet, and walk past a lot, but have never been in.


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Postby BillyT » Tue Aug 26, 2008 8:24 am

Indeed we do Gwilym! It makes a nice transition from the GS3 that James graciously loaned us, following the sudden retirement of the E91.

Hope to see you down there some time Styles, I'm almost always there on a Sunday, but not midweek, yet...
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