The London Coffee Festival runs from 7-10 April, swiftly followed by UK Coffee Week from 11-17 April, so if you’re partial to a good cup of ‘black gold’ then this is the week for you! To save you from a severe case of the caffeine shakes, however, The Resident has picked out 10 of the best coffee treats to try, from a damn good cup o’ joe to a fancy coffee cocktail, espresso gelato or even a Michelin-starred Irish Coffee Sundae…
1 Italian-blend coffee at the Salt Yard
The award-winning Salt Yard Group restaurants offer a unique Italian blend coffee that is served exclusively in the Salt Yard (Fitzrovia), Ember Yard (Soho), Dehesa (Carnaby Street), and Opera Tavern (Covent Garden) restaurants. The blend, developed with the Algerian Coffee Store in Soho and made using milk from the Soho Dairy, makes the perfect coffee to conclude a meal of Italian and Spanish tapas and is also served alongside the newly launched breakfast menus at Ember Yard and Dehesa. Furthermore, Dehesa use a single shot of this same espresso to make their legendary Espresso Martini.
2 Breakfast at Harry’s cocktail at City Social
To celebrate this year’s UK Coffee Week, guests at City Social in Tower 42 in the City can enjoy Breakfast at Harry’s, a coffee-based cocktail, set against the stunning backdrop of the London skyline. A mix of Glenfiddich 15yr, coffee maraschino, Cocchi Torino, liquorice bitters and a ‘cigar’, the cocktail provides a grown-up take on the classic breakfast drink to be enjoyed into the early hours.
3 Peruvian coffee cocktail at LIMA Fitzrovia
To celebrate Coffee Week, Michelin-starred restaurant, LIMA Fitzrovia, and sister restaurant, LIMA Floral in Covent Garden, will be offering a coffee-based cocktail with a Peruvian twist from 7-17 April. Made using Lucuma, a traditional Andean fruit with a creamy texture that pairs perfectly with coffee and Peruvian rum, the Lucuma Kawji derives its name from the Quechua word for coffee, for a cocktail evocative of the restaurant’s Latin American roots.
4 Irish Coffee Sundae at Social Eating House
This Coffee Week, treat your inner child to an Irish Coffee Sunday at Social Eating House. Moist Guinness cake is layered with a coffee and Jameson-infused jelly and white chocolate and coffee ice cream and finished off with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles for a Michelin-starred sundae with a coffee hit.
5 Espresso Gelato by Remeo
Enjoy a refreshingly energising coffee-flavoured gelato for Coffee Week. Remeo is the first authentic artisanal ‘ice-cream in a jar’, bringing Italian tradition to the everyday day life. As the days get warmer, these non-artificial, high quality products will be real treat. Available from delis and wholefood stores across London, see remeogelato.com for your nearest stockist.
6 Cold Fashioned cocktail at Social Wine & Tapas
To celebrate this year’s Coffee Week, Social Wine & Tapas in Marylebone will be offering an Old Fashioned with a caffeinated twist. ‘Cold Fashioned’ cocktail is a complex mix of Clement Rhum Ambre and a coffee infusion, for a refreshing take on this classic cocktail.
7 Coffee on the go from KIOSK, Great Northern Hotel
Celebrate Coffee Week with a rich Monmouth coffee from KIOSK. Open to the Western Concourse at King’s Cross Station, metres from St Pancras International, KIOSK is built into the ground floor of the Great Northern Hotel. Open 7 days a week the coffee’s range from £1.50 for an expresso to £2.50 for a cappuccino, with an option to have the freshly ground coffee delivered.
8 Turkish Fortune cocktail at Pollen Street Social
To mark this year’s Coffee Week, the Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social will be offering guests the chance to try the Turkish Fortune. Offering a blend of Bulleit Bourbon, Italian Amari and tonka with El Salvador espresso for a coffee kick, the cocktail is served in a traditional Turkish coffee pot before being decanted into a classic coupé glass and offers a complex combination of complimentary flavours.
9 Workshop Coffee from Theo’s Simple Italian
Theo’s Simple Italian is an informal, rustic all-day dining restaurant and deli in Earl’s Court by acclaimed chef Theo Randall. Real coffee lovers can enjoy seasonal artisan roasted coffee available throughout the day from the deli. Plans are also in place for the restaurant’s very own Piaggio Van to be parked outside, serving coffee courtesy of Workshop Coffee, the first place in west London to work with the Clerkenwell–based artisan coffee company.
10 Jet black Alien Jones at Sosharu
For a Coffee Week cocktail with a Japanese twist, Jason Atherton’s newest venture, Sosharu in Clerkenwell, will be mixing up coffee-infused Cocchi Americano, lemon and egg white with bamboo charcoal to create Alien Jones. Jet black in colour, the cocktail packs a punch both in appearance and flavour.