Wednesday, 19 September 2012

A Damn Fine Cup O' Coffee


Black medicine. A cup o’ Joe. Java. Where can we get the best cup of coffee in London?

The best takeaway, the best sit in, the best take-home-and-brew… we’re asking the London Walks guides to point us all in the direction of a good cup of coffee away from the big chains.

Richard III is first up, writing from North London…




Here we are on the Camden walk in George's coffee shop.  He is one of only two independent coffee sellers in London.  He roasts his coffee every day (except Sunday) and you can smell it all the way down Camden High Street…  


His machine is a hundred years old and he lights it with a cigarette lighter and you see the blue flames licking over the coffee beans as it rotates and throws the beans around…  


The shop hasn't changed in thirty years.  It is tiny and full of his old balances and roasting and grinding machines and the hemp sacks full of the green coffee beans. 

George is part of the Greek Cypriot community in Camden Town… When the Greeks demanded Cyprus, Churchill said, "The Greeks can have Cyprus if we can have Camden Town back".



George's Coffee Shop Is At 11, Delancey Street NW1




If you’d like to share your own coffee recommendations, drop us a line at the usual address.


Richard III

Richard III, scion of a Lord Mayor of London,  is a writer, actor, director and stand-up comic. And the only London Walks guide to have addressed the United Nations! Track him down on the Hampstead Walk.




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