[London] When it comes to an appreciation for well-sourced, eclectically served coffee, there are few places in London as qualified as Monmouth Coffee Company.
Since their entrance into the world of coffee in 1978, a debut that saw them roasting their beans in their Monmouth Street shop basement using a 1930’s Whitmee and direct-flame machines, Monmouth has expanded from Covent Garden to two more, successful locations in Borough Market and Spa Terminus in Bermondsey.
This coffee company is directly invested in the coffee they roast and brew.
Representatives travel the world to taste and understand potential products, all so you can count on the fact that every cup of coffee is meticulously made.
Much like chef’s that build relationships with farmers to establish a trusted assurance of good ingredients, Monmouth maintain a similar ethos that develops the same value for interaction with every party involved in the production of their coffee.
You can feel their passion almost as soon as you enter.
Wood finished interiors filled with the aroma of various coffee mixtures infused with the enthusiasm of both novice and expert coffee drinkers alike as well as the erudite staff.
Not only can you select from a number of delectable pastries on offer from Croissants (£2.00) to Pain au Chocolate (£2.00), trays of various coffee beans are also on show for you to pick and have prepared the way you desire.
If you find decision making difficult, the baristas, who are quite the experts themselves, will have no issue explaining to you the different flavour profiles of each variety.
On this visit, I had a subtly mild citrus filter coffee called El Cielo from Bolivia (£3.10).
It was perfect with a rather robust portion of an almond croissant (£2.50) that was generously filled, and dusted with sugar.
One of the highlights for me was the handmade chocolate truffle (£1) that I could not help but order.
It was smooth and decadently delicious. Each one reminds you of Christmas and the truffles you would have made in the kitchen with your grandmother.
All in all, if you are a coffee drinker and are looking for a place that venerates coffee and feels warm and communal then Monmouth is your safe place.
You would struggle to find much better in the city of London.
Monmouth Coffee Company – Borough Market
2 Park St, London SE1 9AB, UK
Tel: +44 20 7232 3010
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 6:00pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Google Maps – Monmouth Coffee Company Covent Garden
Monmouth Coffee Company – Covent Garden
27 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9EU
Tel: +44 20 7232 3010
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 6:30pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
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* Written by DFD’s London Food Correspondent Leander Dias SaltyCritic. Additional photos from @DanielFoodDiary. 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. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.