Kaffeine, Fitzrovia, London

12 October 2010

A day-trip to London offered up my first British coffee in 8 months (I’ve been away for a while). First stop Kaffeine, a highly regarded coffee shop just north of Oxford Street.

Kaffeine, Fitzrovia, London

There’s a hint of the industrial about Kaffeine, with its stripped floorboards, crumbling bare brick walls and a black slab of a counter. Modish Fitzrovia is an appropriate location.

It’s a bustling place (hectic, often). But there were plenty of surprisingly comfy wooden crate-like benches for relaxed, hassle-free perching.

Kaffeine, Fitzrovia, London Kaffeine, Fitzrovia, London

The beans come from Square Mile Coffee Roasters, a top notch roastery run by former World Barista Champion James Hoffman. It’s a beacon for London’s coffee-heads, with Kaffeine’s menu headed “Square Mile Coffee”, rather than plain old “Coffee”.

My flat white was as terrific as I’d hoped. Beautifully presented and just all-round faultless.

There’s plenty of very nice-looking food on offer too.

Kaffeine, Fitzrovia, London Kaffeine, Fitzrovia, London

The baristas, including owner Peter, are a talented, passionate bunch. One of them (Krysty) gave me a tour of the impressive Syneso machine, explaining such concepts as the effect of humidity on coffee. Variable weather conditions outside can impact coffee inside, so the baristas need to check and re-check settings frequently to ensure consistent espressos (between them they taste around 15 ristrettos a day!).

But it’s not just about fantastic coffee. Kaffeine offers more buzz and friendliness than many of its London rivals. It’s up there with the best the capital has to offer and, already, I can’t wait to return.

Highly recommended.

Kaffeine, Fitzrovia, London Kaffeine, Fitzrovia, London


66 Great Titchfield Street


We visited on 12 October 2010.

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  • Rick Nunn 8 November 2010 at 12:31 pm

    I think overall Kaffeine is my favourite coffee shop in London. Great staff, great coffee, great atmosphere.

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