Tap Coffee No. 193 – London (UK)

Bright and airy coffee spot on the outskirts of Soho

  • opening times:
    Mo - Fr: 8 - 19, Sa: 10 - 18, Su: 12 - 18
  • wifi:
    Yes
  • urls:
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  • machine:
    Nuova Simonelli
  • coffees on offer:
    various espresso and filter roasts
  • milk:
    Fresh Ways

Soho is a pretty fun part of town to hang out in. Especially when it’s nice and toasty outside and you get yourself a lunchbox to go from one of the thousands of take away places that line the surrounding streets to take to Soho Square to mingle with the cool kids, it can be a real treat.

For good coffees there is certainly no shortage of addresses to navigate to but this weekend, by mere coincidence my friend directed us to a coffee shop that I had heard of but didn’t have at the forefront of my mind. Luckily my friend Jason did.

Dan preparing our coffees

Dan preparing our coffees

Located in a wonderfully bright and airy space on Wardour Street, Tap Coffee is incredibly welcoming and cozy with plenty of space to enjoy a light meal – I had the egg, bacon and mayo sandwich and a delicious yogurt with fruit and coconut shavings – and your expertly prepared, home-roasted coffee. Whether you’re into espresso-based drinks or more of a purist and appreciate your filter coffees, team Tap got it covered.

We picked a free table right by the slow brew bar to observe Dan work two V60 at the same time, while chatting to us about the Amsterdam coffee scene. It was quite a mesmerising sight, watching his hands manoeuvre two kettles almost perfectly synchronised to produce the two fragrant coffees that we had picked off the menu. 

Roasting area

Roasting area

Mine was a gorgeously floral Tanzania Tweega AA and Jason’s was a full bodied Colombia Inza, Cauca. “Where’s the milk?” Jason asked at some point. “Oh just try it without. You wouldn’t put milk in herbal tea either, would you ^^?” I suggested. A few minutes after letting it cool down Jason just went: “Wow. That is good.” “Told you so.”

Slightly hidden at the back is the almost decoratively installed Probat 5 that is used to roast all of Tap’s coffees. On the grinders they have a blend, one single origin and a decaf (don’t see that very often) to accommodate most tastes. 

With our bellies full and plenty of caffeine running through our blood we set off to hunt down some bargains on Oxford Street. Next time you’re shlepping your shopping bags down London’s main fashion artery, pop in here for a quick refresher. It might just be the thing you need.

People come here to chat

People come here to chat

View from the door

View from the door

Mix of high and low seating

Mix of high and low seating

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