Fear not, this is not a review of a Z-List movie (although reviewing Mega-Shark vs Crocosaurus is high on my to-do list). It’s all about the coffee today.
I wrote many versions of this paragraph to try and excite you all about what happened today but what it really comes down to is:
I had coffee in the morning , and I had coffee at lunch-time.
Here is where I had coffee number 1:
If birds drank coffee, they would drink here. Nothing to do with the name, just the portion size. And they would be charged £2.40 for it . And they wouldn’t be able to pay by card because it’s cash only unless it’s over £5. And then the bird would need a bigger wallet and then life would be miserable for the bird.
But I shouldn’t be so harsh on the portion size. Our super-sized lifestyle has probably given us a warped sense of what a cup of coffee should look like ( a ‘venti’ coffee from Starbucks is the size of a traffic cone for example ). And really, a flat white from the Birdhouse did taste good , and real. As did their oatmeal cookie.
My lunchtime stop-over took me to the other end of Putney to the much talked about
Artisan claims to be the ‘heart of coffee’ and they might just be. I arrived to a heaving room full of people: workers, mothers, daughters, artists, passers-by. I made my order of a latte and ham-cheese sandwich and took a seat. This was what arrived first:
A complimentary water was the first sign that the coffee might be good and strong. I wished I had taken a photo of the additional ‘Water Stations’ they had in the corner of the room, very nice and different touch!
The coffee that arrived might have been the most coffee-tasting coffee I have had in London. Well done Artisan! I’m not a strong-coffee drinker but feel confident enough to bring anyone here who wants ‘real coffee’. It was a pleasure to have a ‘Goodbye, thank you!’ shouted out after me as I left the doors and I will definitely be back.
I’m not sure if there was a winner today, both the Birdhouse and Artisan try (and succeed) to offer you the same thing: a change from the coffee-chain. Make sure your expectations are in check with the size and price you’re expecting and enjoy your cup 🙂