Department of coffee & social affairs – London (UK)

The first ministery where bureaucracy will be the very least of your problems, and staff will do its best to serve you a banging cuppa Joe

  • opening times:
    Mon - Fri: 7 - 18, Sat - Sun: 10 - 17
  • wifi:
  • urls:
  • price check:
    Espresso: £2.20 / Flat White: £2.50
  • machine:
    La Marzocco fb80
  • coffees on offer:
    Espresso blend by Climpson & Sons & weekly changing guest coffees
  • milk:
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Just across the road from Prufrock is a fine coffee bar that is one part of a larger collection of London cafés owned by two Kiwi guys whose portfolio also includes: Tonic, Coffee Smiths Collective, Liberty of Norton Folgate and Speak Easy.

Sidewalk seating

Sidewalk seating

I visited on a hot summer day when the only possible drink I could consume was a delicious cold brew. Served in a tumbler with a small pitcher of milk on the side, this Brazilian cold brew tasted spectacularly like rum and was ultimately refreshing.

The bar

The bar

The Department of Coffee and Social Affairs is a relaxed place where friendly service, great coffee and a nice evening program rub shoulders in an area that is known for its good shopping and craft beer stores.


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Indeed, what makes this place great is its easy going atmosphere and friendly approach. The barista told me: “Our goal is to make coffee as accessible as possible. One of the things that people often complain about is how snooty some Baristas are. We’re not like that. We want to make sure everyone can enjoy a great cup of coffee and feel welcome.”

My cold brew

My cold brew


They have a custom blend for their Espresso, provided by Climpson & Sons and they love rotating their filter coffees every week. There is also a healthy selection of pastries and cold drinks.

Room for debate

Room for debate

For a ministry, this place is pretty damn good!


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What our reader said

Gina said:

It's important to remember that almost all of these cafes did their barista training at the micro roaster Baristabarbar in East London. Just thought I'd say that.

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