Last weekend I had the pleasure of been taken to London by Joanne for my Christmas present, we took in the sights and ate like royalty at La Gavroche aswell as the Connaught Hotel of which will both be reviewed soon enough. However on the Saturday afternoon just before heading back to our hotel near London Bridge, we were both tired and weary from walking all over London town, fortunately for me coffee perks me right up so we headed to the nearby Borough Market in search of a good coffee. I must publicly apologise to Joanne here as I am a pain in the neck when it comes to coffee, I can't just drink any old muck, so after much searching I decided on Monmouth. Monmouth are truly fabulous, they roast their coffee near by in Bermondsey supplying both their Covent Garden and Borough Market coffee houses. Here is some information from their own site:
We roast coffee from single farms, estates and cooperatives. When we taste a coffee that we like, we want to know where it comes from and who grows, picks and processes it. We travel extensively throughout the year, visiting the producers and cooperatives with whom we currently work and looking for interesting varietals of coffee and new farms from which to buy. During these visits we talk to farmers and cooperative members, learning more about the coffee they grow and process and the challenges that they face. We then look to establish a relationship with the grower and exporter of that coffee. We believe that where such a relationship exists, quality, quantity and price requirements can be discussed in an open and equal way. We see this as sustainable, fair and equal trade.
The queue was 20-30 people strong when we arrived, I didn't want to have Joanne waiting around but she insisted, and thank god she did. The smell of coffee was amazing, the place was absolutely buzzing for 4.30pm on a Saturday. I decided on a filter coffee as shown below, it was a Finca Malacar, and boy oh boy it was good coffee. I am big a filter fan and naturally always on the lookout for a new coffee gadget so having finished my coffee I was soon queuing again for one of their beautiful china manual drip filters aswell as some of their beautiful fresh ground coffee. I picked up their Fazenda De Serrado from Brazil and their Finca Santa Maria from El Salvador. I dont think Joanne was all that impressed by the coffee though as it completely stunk out our hotel room whoops! When I got home Monday I couldn't wait to test out my new gadget, and I can confirm both coffees are stunning. For a coffee freak like myself I was chuffed with this little find on Saturday in the midst of the greatness of everything thing else we did last weekend.
Their filter coffee system
I love love love this place, and I am sure to be back if I am London again soon, if you are going to London or live there, visit this cool coffee house run by some of the nicest, most informative folk.
Thanks for reading.