It seems that the next stage of London’s coffee education is now well and truly on us – that of brewed coffee. It is now London coffee lore that flat whites are good things to drink and the NY Times has even published a travel article about where to buy them in London. However, to really appreciate the taste of the coffee and to take on the unique aspects of each bean it appears it is time to leave the textured milk to one side and have coffee bean + water. Nothing else.
As part of this new you will have started to notice the random implements that have started cropping up in places like Dose Espresso, Prufrock coffee and Taylor Street Baristas. They look quasi medical. Like a special Brooklyn version of how to look cool whilst injecting heroin. These are siphons and burners and filters and ceramic drip cups things. It is a whole range of new peripherial stuff to get excited and learn about.
So to to Penny University. This is Square Mile’s new enterprise and it is more akin to a wine tasting shop than the Antipodean brew house you are familiar with. Completely uncluttered. Dark, simple and beautiful (and reminds me a bit of Stumptown’s digs in Brooklyn). It is also not about the money (well not directly but they are selling beans) but educating people’s palates about the range of beans and the ways they can be brewed.
Some of the baristas I recognise from Taylor Street Baristas and elsewhere. All are passionate. All show the focus and future of coffee in London and elsewhere.
Price – £3 to make you think about something which is a daily essential in a new and more nuanced light.
PS I won’t explain where Penny University comes from since you will shortly read another 50 reviews telling you.
PPS it is worth having a look at this blog by a coffee junkie – Option C – for a more erudite look at coffee if you are interested.