Going to London tomorrow

Is it actually possible to find a good shot?

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Postby GMRK » Sun Oct 26, 2008 7:15 am

I think they've got a kiosk outside the north entrance of Gower Street Waterstone's on Torrington Place (couple of streets off Tottenham Court Road behind Habitat) as well.

I had a cappuccino so can't comment on the espresso in isolation but the prep and pull for the cappuccino were good with a bit of latte art to finish.

As charmon said we're becoming better/well served in London, nice to be able to pick up a decent coffee in passing from a street kiosk on a cold afternoon.
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Postby fred25 » Sun Oct 26, 2008 10:21 am

Agree with that - had a cappuccino in the Royal Festival Hall cafe a couple of weeks back, served in a paper cup... but with a rosetta on it! :)

Suggests to me someone who cares about the drink they serve, even if management doesn't... strangely heartening in many ways!
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Postby syscrusher » Sun Oct 26, 2008 11:50 am

propofolpete wrote:Time to display my ignorance~ what is this affogato you speak of Sys?

(Neil Young ref. in your name by any chance?) 8)


Yeah - as said by Styles - affogato is ice-cream and espresso.

And yes - it is a Neil Young reference - well spotted! :)
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Postby smoocher » Sun Oct 26, 2008 12:30 pm

Styles wrote:How do you find the coffee, Ross?


i've never actually had a coffee served to me from a sacred store.

i go to milkbar.
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Postby robpow » Sun Oct 26, 2008 5:29 pm

propofolpete wrote:I should try Sacred but can't ever seem to find it! :oops:


It's right here, about half-way down Carnaby St. Clicky

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Postby Steve » Sun Oct 26, 2008 8:36 pm

Thinking about it I enjoyed the sacred shot because it wasn't the fruit bomb I'd got everywhere else. Its good London has moved on from this (if you know what I mean).

I like espresso to have sweetness body then acidity, and I always found it to be the other way around in London in the past.

but filter in the capital is amazing.
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Postby CakeBoy » Mon Oct 27, 2008 2:18 am

Can be a bit 'toasty' at Sacred though can it not?
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Postby Gouezeri » Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:56 am

Hmm, I'm surprised Steve, I know where you are coming from when you talk about acidity, but I've got to agree with Mark and say that Sacred has always been too... ahem "toasty" for me. I've not been back for a couple of months, so will give them a try again soon.

charmon wrote: I couldnt help but feel nothing but overwhelming jealously that you guys have all those great cafes, roasters and meet-ups. We have to get our act together over this side of the pond. Well done London!


The game is definitely on the up, that's for sure. My only wish at the moment is a bit more variety in the blends used.

I think I'd agree with the offhand rating above, and say it is a close thing between FW/MB and Fernandez.

I must make the effort to go and check out the boys out east though. Steve, Mark, Jim you guys up for another crawl, it's that time of year! :wink:
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Postby Steve » Wed Oct 29, 2008 12:12 am

A Crawl sounds good
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Postby Gouezeri » Wed Oct 29, 2008 12:42 am

Steve wrote:A Crawl sounds good

Right, you can nudge Phil then, he grumbles when I do it! :wink:
Jim, you in? Mark, can you turn up on time this time! My vote is we hit the east end too, as I can never normally sort my **** out and visit those places during the week :( I'm sure Gwilym, Styles and BillyT would like a visit from us :wink:
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Postby kingseven » Wed Oct 29, 2008 9:17 am

I'd be up for it, or part of it, if I have time! Let me know the details when they are penned in!
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Postby petikas » Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:01 am

I must make a note of this thread, I'm coming to London in December (19-29).
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Postby Gwilym » Thu Oct 30, 2008 6:30 pm

will start polishing the jugs
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Postby EspressoSquirrel » Thu Oct 30, 2008 7:12 pm

i think i found a second sacred store tucked in under a staircase in kingly court just behind their existing store. Not sure how long its been there, never noticed it before, its tiny, but i suppose they get some passing traffic from all those boutique shops.

here i found some pics, http://www.carnaby.co.uk/news/news_item.cfm?id=62

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Postby kingseven » Thu Oct 30, 2008 7:19 pm

I had a double from the new Sacred at Westfield (that place was disgustingly busy today!) It seems they have recently changed coffee supplier - but I didn't catch who, though it was their own blend.

They were very busy but the shot was nice.
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