[London] This snugly proportioned café located a stone’s throw away from Regent’s Street is unmistakably a shrine unto caffeine and the provision of quality coffee.
Entering into Workshop Coffee is very much like entering a workshop indeed: a focused, pristine, with a demure space that clings to memory.
As you walk past the heavy door that keeps out the cold, an impressive piece in itself, you are greeted warmly not only by bubbly and infectiously upbeat baristas but also by a side showcase of fresh cakes, pastries and bread.
With it being a coffee bar, you soon find yourself sipping your cup of single origin filter coffee, espresso or other winning brews, shoulder to shoulder with people who are particularly enthused by a good cup of coffee.
It is an ambience conditioned by the intoxicating effluvia of the warm drink in its several preparations, an absorbed or familiar environment for both regulars and newcomers.
Beyond the bar is a small room with miniscule coffee tables, comfortable sofas and small colourfully tiled bar for those who prefer to stand. It seemed to encourage the kind of social interaction that occurs during coffee drinking.
I ordered an espresso, a Gitesi (£2.60, SGD4.87) from the Karongi region of Rwanda, deliciously almost honeysweet, with a subtle ginger burn alongside a slice of fluffy banana bread (£3.00).
But I must say I was thoroughly tempted by the chocolatey Bulega (£2.60, SGD4.87) from Ethiopia that I have had before, or even the Colombian featured Finca Tamana (£3.00, SGD5.62) which was citrusy and bright.
Individuals often have this misconception that only connoisseurs can appreciate good coffee, but I have to say that I strongly disagree.
Coffee is not exclusive, it is inclusive, and you do not have to have an exceptional palate to taste the difference between good and bad brews.
Workshop Coffee knows its stuff and are consciously in the business of celebrating coffee.
Coffee lovers and doubters alike should visit this bar if only to have their views reinforced or pleasurably changed.
1 Barrett St, London W1U 1AX, United Kingdom
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm (Mon – Sun)
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* 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. Additional photos by by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.