A couple of years ago when I was in London with Gogo during the Puma Urban Mobility project my desperation for a good cup got me to the point of actually calling up the UK office of the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe and ask them to feed me the names of their member café’s in London. I was brushed away politely with the excuse that they would not favourize any of their members by giving out a few, so I asked them to feed me the lot. Not so politely they bid me good day and hung up. I don’t get the point of SCAE if they can’t promote good serving places. Eventually I’ve come to realize that there can’t be any approved members in London! It’s mostly crap.
A few months back I asked the other Tim at Tim Wendelboe’s to point out anyone worthy in London since he’d lived there. And that’s how I’ve discovered a small place in Soho called Flat White. No doubt it ranks somewhere amongst my top 5 cafés of all time.
I’ve passed Flat White so many times, but never bothered to check. The perpetual qeue stretching out the door and into the street should be a bit of a give-away. Flat White serves a cup well beyond decent. It is absolutely a worthy cup. It’s worth a long haul on the ever rattling Northern Line. That special fix for the day.
And the staff isn’t half bad either. The owner’s name is Cameron, he sounded Kiwi and might quite possibly be just that. Really nice bloke, and he pours one helluva cup on top of that. And in my book that makes him worthy of a Nobel Prize or two.
So to all you frustrated coffee lovers in London. Head down to Berwick Street and check out Flat White.