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Best Coffee Shops In Central London

Any day out in cental London needs a few coffee stops to punctuate it. I'm a big fan of the fine coffee purveyors of Covent Garden and Soho, and have reviewed a few of my favourite central London coffee shops below. Milk Bar (Bateman St, Soho, London W1D 4AG) Excellent Kiwi coffee house, sister of Flat White (see below), and my favourite establishment at the moment. Uses the same blend of coffee beans as Monmouth Coffee Company's default take-away; that is the stuff with the delicious slightly liquoricey edge to it. Dark and chilled atmosphere, funky art work ...

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Enjoying the wares of Brew Company Sheffield and Sea Island Coffee London

I enjoyed a visit to The Brew Company microbrewery in Sheffield last week. This is small-scale brewing, perhaps 10,000 pints of ale per week, that's supplied to Sheffield's finer ale pubs like the Fat Cat, Devonshire Cat and Kelham Island Tavern. The Head Brewer, owner, salesman, cleaner etc is Peter, who runs the brewery single-handedly and even finds time to do informal tours to ale enthusiasts on the occasional evening. We sampled his best bitter, a hoppy IPA, and a light ginger-flavoured ale. They were delicious with good punchy flavours -- no Smiths or Tetleys Creamflow here! And ...

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Using & Enjoying my Bialetti Moka Express

This year's Christmas was rich with coffee related gifts, including a Bialetti 'Moka Express' stove-top coffee pot and an Arabica coffee plant (Coffea arabica). The former has already provided many hours of tasty coffee enjoyment, while the latter should be ready to provide a brew in about 4 years! The Bialetti Moka Express coffee maker uses espresso-ground coffee and provides a rich espresso-like brew. Ground coffee is placed in a funnel and hot water forced through it from a reservoir in the base as steam builds pressure when heated on a stove. The resulting coffee bubbles through to a ...

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