Craft coffee is a thing. And what better way to celebrate our nation’s love of coffee than to round up the best of the best in your area? The Resident picks out 9 of the best craft coffee shops in West London…
Here in London, or in blighty in general, we all love a good artisan coffee experience. You know, the kind with teddy bears carefully crafted into the caramel-tinged foam and the perfect fresh aroma of ethically sourced beans. So ahead of UK Coffee Week, we’ve rounded up the best of craft coffee in west London for you to get your tastebuds tingling.
1 Artisan, various locations
I mean, this one says it all in the name. Proudly placing themselves at ‘the heart of coffee’ within their slogan, Artisan is a wonderful little selection of craft coffee shops scattered across west London. They are coffee focused here, and have a fun loving space that flirts with pushing design boundaries. They have built everything by hand around the Barista, so they have the space they need to prepare the most beautiful coffees.
Various locations; artisancoffee.co.uk
2 Barossa, Fulham
Would you like to experience the Australian coffee and cafe culture here in London? Well, this one’s for you then. Barossa in Fulham specialises in expertly and professionally made espresso coffee, supplied by the wonderful Caravan restaurants. Expect quality coffee in casual surroundings – perfect for a quick lunch break tread.
277 New Kings Road SW6 4RD; barossafulham.com
3 Chief Coffee, Chiswick
Located in a quiet mews just off Turnham Green Terrace, this cute café sits on the site of a Victorian bottling factory and serves up some of the best coffee in west London. They make cold-brews and iced-coffees in-house and really know what they are doing here. And it’s not all about the coffee here, it’a about a full and fun experience to accompany the hot goodness. So if that’s not enough, you can pay Pinball in their downstairs lounge – so cool!
Terrace Mews W4 1QU; chief-coffee.com
4 The Elgin, Maida Vale
The Elgin has grown a reputation for their perfectionism when it comes to the hard, brown stuff. Even though they are primarily known as a pub and gastro destination, the baristas will serve up the best of the best coffee – and if they are unhappy with the result, they will make it again until they are happy. That’s coffee service for you!
Elgin Avenue W9 1NJ; theelgin.com
5 Farm Girl Cafe, Notting Hill
You can tell their are some Australian influences going on here, as everything is served up with a smile and a little ray of sunshine. So many bright colours greet you at Farm Girl and the white-washed walls make even the dull days seem a little bit brighter. The coffee here is as honest as the rest of it – fancy a coconut drip coffee?
59a Portobello Road W11 3DB; thefarmgirl.co.uk
6 Brew Cafe, various locations
Brew takes a simple approach to life, and the coffee they serve up follows with that ethos too. Expertly roasted, professionally presented in a chilled and non-pretentious way and perfectly smooth, this coffee is craft coffee at its best.
Various locations; brew-cafe.com
7 KuPP, Paddington
Scandi-inspired restaurant, bar & café KuPP has unveiled a special spiked coffee to celebrate London Coffee Festival (7-10 April), along with a guest speciality brew for the whole month. The Scandi-spiked coffee, a twist on the classic Irish Coffee, is a delicious blend of coffee and Aquavit, finished with whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon sugar. You can drink in or takeaway and they are also offering a Swedish Fika-style break deal. Head to KuPP to get your craft caffeine fix with a Scandi twist!
5 Merchant Square W2 1AS; kupp.co
8 Talkhouse, Notting Hill
Talkhouse is a coffee house with contemporary decor and a terrace, serving breakfast, lunch, pastries and cakes. Also with a Scandi vibe to its craft coffee offerings, they pour filter coffee through the popular Aeropress machines. You won’t regretting popping in here for a hot treat…
275 Portobello Road W11 1LR.
9 Tamp, Chiswick
Tamp Coffee is a modern but rustic feeling coffee shop with a patio for espresso drinks and organic smoothies, plus it also offers empanadas. The name itself means to gently compress coffee into basket before extracting espresso crema and they take their coffee very seriously here indeed. Want the perfect coffee? Head here…
1 Devonshire Road W4 2EU; tampcoffee.co.uk