[London] This small coffee shop is the kind most of us think about, when we look for an experience out of the ordinary.
Having started out as a passion project between friends at university, Black Sheep Coffee is the epitome of exciting creativity that stays true to the contemporary café culture that has taken over London.
Just off Goodge Street, at the head of one of the many inlets into foodie Fitzrovia, Black Sheep is easily identified by its simple yet memorable signage and logo.
There are always people there, either having cup whilst hovering over a laptop, chatting with friends or just digging into some of the lovely confections on offer.
Not much for pistachios in desserts, I cautiously dug into my lemon and pistachio slice (£3.50, SGD6.40), only to realise that I actually quite enjoyed it.
Crumbly cake with only a hint of pistachio, it gave way to a citrus vivacity that was perfect with the Blue Volcano (£2.90, SGD$5.30), a specialty Arabica coffee from Papua New Guinea.
The coffee that tasted mildly of black tea and malt, was pleasurable with some notes of red berry.
These guys really care about the coffee they serve: its origins, processes, and flavours are all brought to the fore in every cup.
Which is why I decided to try a brew they call Love Berries (£2.60), another Arabica but this time from Ethiopia.
With the beans being naturally dried, etching them with the latent sweetness of the cherry, this cup of coffee did taste of berries, but more in the way of artisan tea infusions.
While Black Sheep do have all the traditional cups, as well as cult favourites like Vietnamese cold brews (£3.50, SGD6.40), I do highly recommend trying the filtered varieties for their identifiable character.
It is not hyperbole to say that Black Sheep Coffee is committed to serving great products in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
From the cacti on tables to the concrete, graffiti decorated walls, this place has got personality and then some.
* Written by DFD’s London Food Correspondent Leander Dias SaltyCritic. Leander Dias was born and raised in Dubai, a burgeoning city with diverse food culture. Since moving to London to read for his English MA at UCL, he has utterly immersed himself in the local food scene, writing extensively about everything he eats everywhere he goes. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.