A raccoon stole my coffee!

I’m so lucky to be living in London…not just for the vast array of places to visit and things to do…but for it’s incredible amount of fantastic independent coffee shops popping up all over the place.

It’s just incredible that over the past year or so I can map out at least 10 brilliant places that serve the best coffee in the world!!!!

This is going to be my blog…I’m going to write about my experiences of coffee…my own taste and my very own preferences!

I just love coffee and I try and drink at least two GREAT/PERFECT coffee’s a week…(even though I do drink a cup a day)…the rest are just mediocre to say the least.


So if I place Costa as an average 5/10 (this is because if I am desperate for a coffee…I can drink a Costa and it gives me a good enough caffeine kick. The coffee itself is burnt and bitter, but strong enough to get you along the way…when you are ‘Depresso get an Expresso’ as the saying goes.

5/10 My average cup! Drinkable but just... Costa

5/10 My average cup!
Drinkable but just…

But what about the PERFECT coffee?

Have I found it?


So strong, so smooth and so wonderfully mellow…both complex and balanced, a full bodied – creamy, clean taste. PERFECT!

10/10 PERFECT COFFEE Clockworks - Islington

Clockworks – Islington

The rest are great coffees which I absolutely love…

For me a great coffee is a small cup or glass, two shots and a little milk finished off with a tiny bit of brown molasses sugar…just because…well I like it!


9.8/10 Timberyard Piccolo...love them!

9.8/10 Timberyard
Piccolo…love them!

9.5/10 Great stuff! Nude

9.5/10 Great stuff!


7.5/10 Wild Goose Leytonstone


8.50/10 Wick Lane


9.5/10 Freestate Holborn


8./10 Grind Westfields (Their Flat Whites are usually 9.5/10)

Let’s look at Barcelona’s emerging coffee scene…

When I visited Barcelona recently I was so disappointed. Coffee after coffee was way down below the my average Costa cup…if I’d seen a Costa I would have gone straight into one…at least I would have had a coffee. Instead I was continuously being served burnt, bitter,¬†watery coffee.

Where were the coffee places in Barcelona?…surely Spanish coffee has always been the best…well to me it has…so has the London independents spoilt me rotten? …can I no longer take a mediocre cup of coffee?

So when I returned from my trip I started to do a little investigating and found out that apparently it wasn’t my lack of knowledge as a tourist, but the fact that Barcelona’s first ever proper coffee shop only opened last year!

Satan’s Coffee Corner in the Raval area.

And now it’s a fast growing industry with one popping up every few months…but you have to know where to look!

So I’m going again…this time with a list of recommendation from local Barcelonians ¬†and the internet….


I shall keep you posted!

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