The Coffeeworks Project – London (UK)

Hard to find online but when you find it offline it’s a big reward

  • opening times:
    Mo - Fr: 7:30 - 18, Sa: 9 - 18, Su: 10 - 16
  • wifi:
    Yes
  • urls:
    FacebookWebsiteTwitter
  • price check:
    £2 / Flat White: £2.50
  • machine:
    Slayer
  • coffees on offer:
    various single origins by Has Bean
  • milk:
    Organic

One of the things I love the most about huge cities like New York, Berlin, Paris or London is that no matter which neighbourhood you’re in, ok let’s not exaggerate, no matter which cool neighbourhood you’re in you’ll always stumble upon awesome little shops selling products by local designers, lovely little restaurants offering cuisines from all over the world and, most important to me, fabulous places to get great coffee.

After a hugely filling Byron Burger breakfast/late lunch/early dinner, can’t remember what it was supposed to be, I wandered down towards Angel tube station to visit a few more coffee places in the Islington area. I must have been texting or something because I totally didn’t see the Japanese tourist in front of me and almost ran her over and smashed her camera. Luckily my reflexes haven’t completely failed me yet. I apologized to her about 53 times and as she walked away and I looked up, I discovered something that put an immediate smile on my face. The Coffeeworks Project. Right there, unexpectedly in front of me. Winning!

A delicious cup of coffee

A delicious cup of coffee

I took a seat outside to get a good 180 degree view of the street and enjoy beautiful Yirgacheffe V60 coffee. Also, I was getting ready for my surprise The Coffeevine attack!

Floor to ceiling windows flood this friendly place with lots of light, which is great because it has quite an industrial feel to it. On the right you find the big bar area which is like the front porch of the huge fridge, which has a big window through which you can spot all their delicatessen. Think Italian charcuterie meets English cheese merchant. My mouth is watering as I type these words.

The big coffee station is home to a beautiful Slayer from Seattle, which produces all of The Coffeework Project’s Espresso-based drinks, while there is also a very healthy selection of slow coffee, courtesy of Has Bean and some delicious sounding loose leaf teas. A cheerful waiter takes your order on an iPad, you pay, find a place to sit and the coffee and whatever food you might have ordered, arrives at your table. Fabulous!

While the main seating area is occupied by Macbook-owning and very concentrated looking creatives/hipsters/aspiring authors, the gorgeous garden in the back seems to be the home of the philosophers and those who love a good chat. If I hadn’t been told that it was actually there I might have completely missed it.

The bar with the Slayer

The bar with the Slayer

The Coffeeworks Project is the brainchild of Peter Theoklitou who has created somewhat of a big family. Everyone I spoke to was from a different country, be it Hungary or Italy and everyone told me that working here was like a home away from home. That kind of work atmosphere also reflects on your customers. Yet, after being open for more than 1 year they have chosen to have a minimal online presence. Facebook? Nope. Ah well, going there is the only real thing anyway.

What’s more, the downstairs area, which is currently some sort of art space will soon see a bit of redevelopment and could see the addition of more seating. In terms of location The Coffeeworks Project found itself in a very sweet spot. Just off Islington Highstreet with plenty of awesome food outlets and cute little shops around, there will never be a shortage of caffeine hungry passers-by who, like me, will stumble upon this little gem of a place.

The lovely garden

The lovely garden

The art space

The art space

Creatives typing away on their laptops

Creatives typing away on their laptops

The outside area overlooking the street

The outside area overlooking the street

The slightly industrial looking inside

The slightly industrial looking inside

 

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