From Cape Town to London the coffee culture is growing and adapting to all tastes and flavours. This December I spent a few days visiting some of London’s finest coffee shops and top of the list is Monmouth Coffee Company in Covent Garden. At 27 Monmouth Street this elongated coffee shop is constantly packed with coffee lovers even to the point where the outside bench was our only seating option.
Monmouth started roasting in 1978 and held regular tastings for the community before people would buy their beans. They now roast and supply country wide and have a large roaster in Bermondsey. Like most coffee shops in the UK they have a filter blend and an espresso blend on daily and each blend boasts unique flavours of the region it is from.
When you step in to Monmouth you experience true coffee love. Before you even get to the coffee shop there is a counter laden with scales, timers, coffee paraphernalia and of course bags and bags of various beans. At this point you are able to taste and smell the different blends and make a decision on whether you want a filter shot or and espresso shot.
Behind all this there is a friendly faced barista pumping out the orders and he sure does know how to pull a good shot because Monmouth Coffee is pure pleasure to drink. If you are lucky you will find a seat at the back of the shop which is a welcome respite from the busyness of the front of the shop. Enjoy free wifi and if it is winter (like it was for us) you will never want to leave the warmth and the tantalising smell of coffee in this place.
For anyone visiting London, specifically the Covent Garden area, do yourself a favour and visit Monmouth Coffee Company. I would even suggest planning a day in Covent Garden to visit Monmouth. What an incredible coffee experience it was. To read up more about Monmouth Coffee Company you can visit their website at www.monmouthcoffee.co.uk.