Reflections on working with the Modbar espresso machine

Reflections on working with the Modbar espresso machine

The Modbar is still fairly new to us: a modular espresso machine with all the major hardware hidden under the counter leaving only the beautiful group head ‘taps’ and steam wands visible above the counter. 
Where to drink speciality tea in London - part 2

Where to drink speciality tea in London - part 2

Our previous post about where to find speciality tea in London (Read Part 1) proved to be the most popular news post last month - much to our concern!
Where to drink speciality tea in London - part 1

Where to drink speciality tea in London - part 1

With once fiercely independent cafes becoming mini-chains and new roasters opening every month, London’s speciality coffee industry is currently in full swing.
Customer service in speciality coffee shops

Customer service in speciality coffee shops

Few topics are brooded over more in the speciality coffee industry than customer service.
The branding of coffee cups

The branding of coffee cups

In today's post, Alex Stewart removes the protective sleeve to explore the branding on those ubiquitous take away cups, from adverts to quality illustration.
How to open a cafe - Part 3

How to open a cafe - Part 3

In his previous two posts in our ‘How to open a cafe’ series, Ross of Browns of Brockley, explains everything from the initial set up (Part 1) to layout and equipment (Part 2)
How to open a cafe - Part 2

How to open a cafe - Part 2

In his first post on how to open a cafe, Ross Brown of Browns of Brockley discusses the early stages of setting up a cafe from finding the right location to hiring tradesmen and accountants...
How to open a cafe - Part 1

How to open a cafe - Part 1

So, you’re thinking about opening a coffee shop? Before you start dreaming of pouring the perfect flat white, bantering with the locals and joining the foodie vanguard, you’ll want to get the basics in place.
Musicians in London Coffee

Musicians in London Coffee

Coffee and music are natural companions. But the connections go far beyond the choice of playlist for café atmosphere and the occasional celebrity customers such as Jimmy Page who sometimes pops up at Flat White and Frank Ocean who visited Workshop Fitzrovia.