The recently opened Freestate Coffee, just off Sicilian Avenue, is a refreshing addition to an area full of big coffee shop brands. Owned by the people that brought you New Row Coffee, it is sure to be a success. I visited a week after it opened and it was already packed with new clientele.
After doing a wee bit of eavesdropping while I was in the queue, I overheard the skinny-latte-drinking lawyer in front of me telling his colleague that his whole building was raving about the quality and charm of Freestate Coffee. My expectations therefore were high.
I noticed that they only serve their espresso in porcelain cups and I really liked their assertiveness. Serving it in porcelain, rather than paper, is a sure fire way of eliminating a variable that could negatively impact on the taste and flavour. Freestate clearly care about coffee and want you to have the best tasting espresso possible.
Inspired by their passion for flavour and their pursuit for the best espresso, I decided to go for their guest blend, and it was very tasty. I picked up some fruity notes with a very nice balance of acidity. I recently tried a coffee from the same farm at G and T Coffee House, which was equally good.
I managed to speak to every member of staff working there and they were all really friendly and approachable. If you want to learn more about coffee, they’re more than willing to impart a bit of their coffee knowledge. I would recommend going for one of their filter options, as they have a brew bar which encourages interaction. It’s also a good opportunity to learn a little bit more about coffee drinks which are not espresso based, something quite hard to find in this area.
Freestate Coffee has a very relaxed atmosphere, so if you’re in Holborn and you would like a few minutes to sit down and escape the hustle and bustle of the city, this place is for you.
Address: 23 Southampton Row, WC1B 5HA, London.
Opening times: Monday to Friday 7am to 7pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am to 6pm
Price of a double espresso: £2
Outdoor Seating (important for those tobacco lovers): A bench
Have you been to Freestate Coffee? What’s your opinion?