Speakeasy Espresso and Brew Bar

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SPEAKEASY ESPRESSO AND BREW BAR
Speakeasy coffee shop Carnaby Street

Speakeasy Espresso & Brew Bar, a coffee shop just off Carnaby Street is part of the Coffeesmiths Collective. Like Carnaby Street, the shop is a buzzing hub of colour and creativity. I was sat in between two groups of office workers that were having a quick coffee break to discuss business ideas. Having just read Chris Ward’s book Out of Office, I am subconsciously a lot more aware of my fellow coffee drinkers in the many cafes that I frequent.

The shop is reasonably large with a few tables outside on Lowndes Court, a really nice place to sit when the weather is good. Like all coffee shops that are part of the Coffeesmiths Collective, the staff at Speakeasy are extremely friendly and very passionate about making great coffee. They serve Climpson & Sons as their house espresso blend. I had an extremely tasty espresso with some nice chocolatey undertones coming through.

The location of Speakeasy makes it the perfect place to rest your feet from a shopping spree.

PS. Every Thursday from 5-7pm they hold ‘Barista Bar’ which is a free drop in training session where you can hone your home brewing skills and play around with some of the many coffee gadgets that they have in the downstairs part of the shop.

ESSENTIAL BEANS

Address: 3 Lowndes Court, W1F 7HD, London.

Email, Facebook and Twitter: Contact via the website, Alchemy’s Facebook & Twitter.

Website: http://speakeasycoffee.co.uk/

Opening times: Monday-Friday 7.30am to 7pm, Saturday 10am to 8pm & Sunday 10am to 6pm.

Price of a double espresso: £2

Card?: £5 minimum

Outdoor Seating (important for those tobacco lovers): A couple of tables and chairs

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  1. Brian's Coffee Spot

    05/28/2013, 01:15 pm

    I might have to give Speakeasy another go since I really didn’t get on with it the first (and so far only) time I went there. I think my main objection was the seating; which I found uncomfortable, and the space in general, which I didn’t appreciate.

    Would be interesting to go on a Thursday evening though :-)

    Brian.

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  2. Katy

    07/14/2013, 11:06 am

    Hi Henry! Your (and my!) friend Lucy S recommended I looked at your blog due to the mutual interest in coffee and I’m so glad I did. I think an extra nice thing about Speakeasy is the fact that the art on the walls is constantly changing – there’s always a story, a background of some sort behind what’s on the wall. And every time I go, it’s always different.

    You haven’t reviewed a Monmouth cafe yet! Have you been to one? I’d also recommend Lanka (they use Monmouth coffee) but their cakes are wonderful: http://lanka-uk.com/ And have you been to Edinburgh? I’d love to hear your thoughts on Peter’s Yard if you ever go.

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    • Henry

      07/14/2013, 03:13 pm

      Hi Katy, I’m glad you enjoyed the blog! I showed Luce my coffee collection last time I saw actually. Yes I really like that feature too, I don’t go to Speakeasy that much so it’s always nice to see the artwork as it’s different every time I go.

      I have actually, check this out http://lyndonscoffee.com/tag/monmouth/ I’ve heard Lanka is really nice, a friend of mine used to go to the Primrose Hill one quite a lot, such a shame it shut down! I’ve never been to Peter’s Yard. I really want to do an Edinburgh trip though, apparently Freeman’s is excellent. Have you been?

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