Monmouth Coffee Company, Covent Garden, London

27 March 2008

On Monmouth Street in Covent Garden is the original Monmouth Coffee Company shop. It is well renowned and its accolades are well deserved.

Monmouth Coffee Company, Covent Garden

Aside from running this coffee shop (and two others, both in Borough), the Monmouth Coffee Company sources coffee from around the world, and then roasts it back in Britain (until recently, in the basement of this very coffee shop).   It supplies coffee to outlets around London and beyond.

So when I turned up here I was expecting… I don’t know… something bigger.

Monmouth Coffee Company, Covent Garden

It’s a tiny place. We were sharing our small table with strangers, and for a second I thought how strange it was. But it’s not strange; it’s just that we English are used to our space. And actually, I soon realised what a nice concept it is… communal, like a congregation, not to mention very (very) cosy.

Monmouth Coffee Company, Covent Garden Monmouth Coffee Company, Covent Garden

Congregation is an appropriate word.  With the wonderful old pews and the staff’s unwavering dedication to an almighty entity (coffee), I had entered a church.  For the first time since dubious Primary School assemblies I had found religion, and the Monmouth Coffee Company is something I can really believe in.

Monmouth Coffee Company, Covent Garden

The coffee itself is absolutely wonderful. I had the daily roast, which was rich and smooth and memorable.  The coffee is sourced in an ethical, sustainable way. Monmouth has established relationships with most of the farms and groups from which it buys, so the company knows exactly where its beans have come from and who has been picking them.  As such, the coffee is not part of the “Fairtrade” brand, but it is certainly “fair” (and I am told the company often pays higher prices than the Fairtrade base price).

It is (so far, I believe) the only coffee shop on this blog which sources its own coffee.

Monmouth Coffee Company, Covent Garden Monmouth Coffee Company, Covent Garden

There is an array of cakes and other treats and a take-away option. But this is a place for coffee.


27 Monmouth Street
Covent Garden


We visited on 27 March 2008.

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  • H 15 April 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Had probably the best latte I’ve ever tasted from this shop. Also sampled some quality flat whites from nearby coffee shops supplied with Monmouth Coffee. Will definitely be searching out more Monmouth sourced brews next time I’m in London!

  • Jeremy Gugenheim 11 November 2009 at 7:13 pm

    From their shop in Borough Market I have tried “Monmouth Espresso” and “Organic Espresso” both of them rich and smooth. I would say the best coffee I’ve ever made. I think they supply the “Market Coffee House” off Spitalfields market in London where I have had, consistently, without question the best cups of coffee in my life.

  • Margherita 14 January 2010 at 11:07 am

    A very special coffee shop where I’ve had the best caffe’ espresso I’ve ever had outside Italy.
    With compliments………………

  • Maggie 7 March 2010 at 1:46 pm

    By far the best cup to be had n London – nothing else comes near it for flavour.

  • trisha ( mommylardon ) hartle , pips mum !!! 22 November 2010 at 6:44 pm

    just a little message to say i took my friends to your coffee shop in monmouth street,and they loved it,your staff are such a happy bunch and work so hard to please everyone,very well done to all .especilly our lovely Daughter Pip, very bast wishes the Hartle family xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • budi 15 April 2011 at 4:57 am

    really want to have such a nice coffee shop like this, this is my dream and i’m trying to make it right now

  • Jackie Mackay 1 March 2012 at 10:01 pm

    I agree with everything this review says. Monmouth Coffee is by far the best coffee I ever had and I take all my friends and visitors I am lucky enough to entertain there. I have to add that they choose the ultimate cakes and pastries to go with. This is now 2012 and it’s still the best. An example of a business where their excellence has been maintained since they started because they never compromise.