22 May 2013
Alchemy Cafe is Alchemy’s flagship store. It is located on a small side street off Ludgate Hill, only a few minutes away from St Paul’s.
I must admit I haven’t had that much coffee from Alchemy but I did have the opportunity to try some of their blends at the London Coffee Festival a few weeks back. I heard they’d opened up a shop about six weeks ago and having seen so many positive reviews on Twitter and Instagram, my anticipation was riding high!
Thankfully Alchemy Cafe does not disappoint. The very knowledgeable and friendly staff exude passion for their coffee and menu, which would make most coffee geeks happy bunnies. The shop was a tad smaller than I expected but I really liked the layout, which allowed lots of natural light to hit the shop.There are two long seating areas straddling the sides of the shop, making it a good place to have coffee by yourself/in a small group.
Not many of the bigger roasteries in London have their own cafes and I enjoyed this experience. I imagine the close relationship between roasters and baristas ensures that the coffee they roast is made in a way that suits it best. I opted for a double espresso of their Ethiopian Tchembe blend and it was the best espresso I have had in a few months. It had some beautiful floral notes with very strong hints of blueberry, which left a great after taste as I left the shop. It really is wonderful when you have a fantastic espresso, I had a smile on my face all day.
As their Twitter handle is AlchemyCafes (plural), I think there’s a strong possibility that another Alchemy Cafe is on the horizon. Watch this space!
Address: 8 Ludgate Broadway EC4V 6DU, London.
Opening times: Monday-Friday 7am to 4pm.
Price of a double espresso: £2
Outdoor Seating (important for those tobacco lovers): None