Don't forget to try the Portuguese custard tart! All of the desserts there are great though.
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48-50 St John's Road, London SW11 1PR
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48 reviews of Kaffeine in English
Kaffeine is consistently busy as many who work in the area (including my whole office!) literally crave their good quality coffee (Square Mile). It's the perfect place for a catchup over a coffee (or for an impromptu meeting) and a muffin as it's intimate, yet full of buzz! The staff are incredibly friendly and talented at making the perfect cup of coffee. If you go enough times, they will remember you, making the experience even more personal. This little gem is not to miss, just spot the locals carrying away their freshly made coffees!
The jars of water with mint, jams on the tables and carefully crafted menu is a testament to their attention to detail :)
Definitely - 'THE BEST PLACE FOR COFFEE' in central London!
Kaffeine has it all: Excellent coffee (Square Mile), top class Espresso machine (Synesso Cyncra), delicious food (pastries, salads, sandwiches, quiche, etc.), and above all enthusiastic, friendly, and very welcoming staff.
The atmosphere is great, lot's of people that work in the area are hanging there for the morning coffee, lunch or just the last sip of caffeine before the day end.
Simple but still very thoughtful design lets you choose your preferred type of seating, low chairs at the back, high chairs in the front or nice bench outside (great for sunny days).
Everything I tried was very yummy, they serve interesting salads, mouth watering sandwiches and pastries that makes you want more...
Above all their coffee is just flawless, their Baristas are professional, knowledgeable, and always happy to chat about the beans, the espresso machines or any other query around coffee.
If you are in Fitzrovia do not miss this place you should walk the walk so you can talk the talk...
Went here for the First time today, had a fancy cheese salad baguette and it was AMAZING!!
Fresh, tasty and definatley worth the £4.50. Also ordered a coffee and was pleasently suprised to get given a large pot of freshley made coffee, very strong flavour but very tasty and very natural. Would recommend to anyone.
Tucked away in a little side street, this is one of London’s hidden gems. Excellent coffee with quick and friendly service. They usually have some delicious cakes, and some with more unusual flavours that just somehow work (goat’s cheese and mint muffins, for example), this is really to be recommended. Its strongest point is that being off the beat-and-track means it is never so busy that you won’t be able to find a table to sit at.
Met Sarah, a fellow Qyper, here a few weeks ago! It's a little small, but very friendly, and the coffees are delicious. I had a hard time abstaining from the delicious-looking pastries. The Portuguese Tarts, in particular, brought back memories of Lisbon. Will definitely be back!
Seeeeeeeeriously good coffee, great service, mouth wateringly lovely biscuits, cakes, muffins and tarts, totally delicious and warming porridge in the winter, a lovely atmosphere and without doubt one of the best - if not the best coffee hang outs in London, or dare I say the world??? Yes, I dare. I just did, so there!
Through the London Coffee Guide and a review here I got to know about this place. As all I read was just good, and as it is also the winner of Best Independent Coffee Shop in Europe 2010, I simply had to go there and see myself.
What can I say? It is a nice place and the service is great! I would assess the service as much above most other cafés I know.
The interior is simple, yet beautiful and light. The coffee is a pleasure and the food looks good. I just had a pain au chocolat, so now I cannot say much about the food in general, but at least the pain au chocolat was delicious.
A place you should not miss if you like to go for a coffee in London!
For me, this was the best coffee I've ever had in London. I came exclusively to try their flat white (with soya milk, as sadly I can't drink milk) and was really impressed. I liked the decoration and the "soul" of the place. It was the last day for one of the member of staff, before going on maternity leave, and they were collecting tips just for the new baby. And farewell messages were written on the blackboards. Those are the kind of details I love of local businesses. I work myself in a small coffe shop whose owners just want to turn it into a chain, and it's being just awful. I hope Kaffeine can keep the same spirit, quality and standards they have now, it's such a fantastic place. Oh, and I didn't try the food, but it looked so delicious. I'm looking forward to my next visit :)
I have to confess that I wasn't paying as much attention to the coffee here as I usually do when I'm on my own, but, from what I can recall, the flat white I had wasn't bad. The Portuguese tart was divine, even if I did scoff it down rather quickly, having not had any lunch.
The tables looked cramped but could fit four people comfortably, and I liked the assortment of coffee books I could see on the counter and would have taken one to read had I not been with someone.
It's definitely a nice, relaxing, unintimidating place for a date, although it was also very busy, so we felt we had to move on after a while, just to give other people the chance to try out the coffee. I'll definitely return here under less 'stressful' circumstances so that I can check out the place more fully.
Full review and photos at http://thehappinessprojectlondon.wordpress.com
So I continue my search for the best coffee shop in central London using my Criteria and hit-list. And I finally made it to Kaffeine, the oft-praised antipodean coffee shop raved about by various twitterites including Tim Hayward. So me and the gorgeous Penelope, identical twin to Argentine Aileen, went there for lunch a couple of weeks ago and I thanked my lucky stars yet again for having lovely friends working close by for weekday gossip-filled lunches, the highlight of my working week.
Anyway, the food looked great so I bought a slice of quiche with salad, which was extremely yummers although at £6 on the pricey side. It was a chilled out relaxed place BUT the tables at the back were at the wrong height – you either have to bend down to reach your food/coffee or sit with it on your knee, not very practical. God that was dull, sorry.
Anyway, on to the coffee. I ordered a flat white which was £2.20 ish. They have a super duper “Synesso Cyncra espresso machine” which they are very proud of – when I was taking photos of the coffee shop they asked me if I wanted to photograph the coffee machine. I said no but only because Penelope had run outside in embarrassment and I did look like a complete dick yet again taking photos and it’s hard to pull off “excited tourist” in a suit. Anyway the coffee is Square Mile and apparently the beans are from El Salvador and Costa Rica. It was nice and creamy, tick. Good use of coffee art, tick. Tasty tangy taste, tick. And with a nice little kick, tick. BUT it was only lukewarm and since I’ve been getting into my coffee, this is my new pet hate. Coffee should arrive HOT so then you can sit around, holding it in your hands and looking pensive / sexy, and then sipping slowly, taking your time and thinking or reading or gossiping. If it arrives lukewarm you need to pretty much down it before it gets even colder which ruins the whole seduction. It may be that the fancy pants coffee machine means the coffee cools too much (and I know there is a bit of a wait for coffee), or because it was a Friday lunchtime and busy so may have sat on the counter, but anyway it needed to be hotter for my liking. And the low table at the back thing (dull).
So, for that reason, my favourite central London coffee shops remain Store Street Espresso and Wild & Wood. But Flat White is yet to come. Oh yes
eamon, 14 December 2010:
At the risk of sounding like a smarty pants, coffee should arrive warm. At drinkable temperature. At least that's what my Roman wife tells me :)
TheHappinessProjectLondon, 14 December 2010:
Yes I've heard that before actually so I'm sure you're wife is right (smarty pants). But there's a difference between WARM (drinkable, doesn't burn mouth, but stays warm for a while) and LUKEWARM (you have to gulp it quickly before it gets cold). I've heard so many people big up Kaffeine though so I do want to go back :)
Peter_Dore-Smith, 19 December 2010:
Dear Happiness, thank you very much for taking the time to review Kaffeine. As I am sure you are aware, a lot of hard work and commitment goes into creating a business such as Kaffeine, and all positive feedback and areas of improvement are appreciated.
I would have hoped that, or do hope that when you return, if your coffee is not at the correct temperature to your liking, you will politley ask for it to be remade, which we will happily do, just as you would do if a meal you paid for in a restaurant was not to standard.
The back area may be dull to you, but to us it is a different way of allowing customers to sit, to move furniture around or to create spaces for groups or individuals and we know it does not suit everyone. Cushions? swedish sauna? are some of the comments, but a lot of thought went into it as well. Check Tinderbox stadium seating, or Climpsons and Sons benches for similar styles.
I do hope you can come back again, we welcome people to take photos and talk coffee with us, it is a part of being hospitable, but I am interested to know how many other places will do the same for you.
TheHappinessProjectLondon, 19 December 2010:
Hi Peter, thanks for your comment. I know a lot of work went into Kaffeine and this is why it has had such rave reviews, including from people like Tim Hayward, and most of Twitter! I would much prefer to go to a local, cosy coffee shop than a chain and want to support people like you. And of course will come back, possibly this week to try it again.
Coffee is a very personal thing, and I'm no expert, but I like it pretty hot, not scalding but hot. I'm sorry I didnt ask for it to be redone - I would have fellt rude doing this and have had similar warm coffee at other places - like Lantana in fact - so if this is the "proper" way to do it (which I do not argue) then I just prefer it a bit hotter.
Next time I'll just say I like my coffee hot when I order it? And I didn't say anything about not liking your design at the back, I just think it's awkward eating and drinkingi off the low tables.
I'll be back soon...
well, well, how come I didn't go to Kaffeine earlier.
It's a lovely place with heaps of fresh looking sandwiches and yummy cakes.
I was after lunch so eventually only enjoyed coffee (boy, it was lovely) but I am definitely coming back.
Lovely staff, and it looks you will be lucky to get a table, worth trying though.
I go out of my way to get my flat white fix at Kaffeine when I am in London. The service here is magnificent; the regulars are greeted by name, and the barristas know their order by heart. The coffee? Excellent: perfectly roasted beans transformed into a good strong flat white with just the right amount of foam, and served with pride (a good fern or heart in the foam).
I've never eaten here, but the cabinet is stuffed with delicious looking fayre.
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