I'm not a coffee drinker, but I'm giving it 5 stars anyway!
I needed a £10 secret santa gift for a coffee lover, and had no idea what to get him. All I knew were the few different coffee beans he has, and thats about it. But the guys in the shop were super nice!
They gave me some suggestions based on what my coworker drank, and for £10, I came away with 2 x 125g pouches of coffee, and a 125g bag of dark chocolate covered beans. I hate coffee but even they looked absolutely delicious, I went back and snagged a bag for myself--I mean for the coffee-loving bf as well :)
The prices here seem very reasonable, and they even sell an assortment of teas and spices!
I was really disappointed by this place, as I went all the way there thinking it was an Algerian coffee store, as the name would suggest. Well, never have I been so mislead. Apparently this place used to be Algerian but was since bought by Italian people, who made it very, very Italian. There are lots of Italian products available, chocolate, nougat, sweets... Which is very nice if it's what you're looking for.
Of course Italians are famous for their coffee, but after trying Algerian coffee on a holiday in Algiers, I just fell in love with it and was very hopeful to find it in this little store.
Also, the coffee they serve to take away is quite average (I find it to be below Costa quality though), but the price is interesting (paid £1.20 for a small latte, half the usual coffee-franchise prices). Other products like chocolate are expensive, but that's probably because they are imported.
To sum up: this coffee shop would be much better if it was renamed "Italian Coffee Stores".
Summary: Adorable little spot for buying whole beans, ground, or just getting a good cup of coffee. They do not currently have soy milk, but do have skim. One of the better cheaper lattes I've had in the city by far.
The Shop: This tiny place has beans from all over and a fairly knowledgeable staff to answer all questions. There is also high quality chocolate for sale.
The Coffee: For those that are looking for a cup of coffee to drink, they have all the usual options and use a house blend (50% Brazillian, 50% African (I think Kenya?)) as the mix. The mix is a really nice smooth blend. You will like it, except if you are a person who likes the bitter nasty dark roast of a poorly roasted French blend or the overly aggressive, acidic - though high quality - Arabica beans used by Starbucks.
The price: I can't say for sure as the caffeine had not kicked in yet and I was still getting over jet lag, but I think it was 1.25£ for my Latte. While the size was small, even at double that, it is cheaper than other places and far better tasting. Beans were reasonable, I suspect for London, though about 1.5x a NYC's bean specific joints.
If I lived here, this would likely be my go to place for a cup.
Confession time: I don't drink coffee.
Once I'd got my confession out of the way, (and caused a member of staff to feign a faint in confusion at the horror of a life without strong morning caffeine boosts...) I received some really helpful advice here.
I wanted to buy a grinder for my dad, along with a few types of beans. He loves coffee, and just retired, so I figured he'll have more time to relax in the morning with a decent cuppa. However, due to my complete lack of coffee knowledge, I needed help to choose everything. The staff here were really friendly, and helped me pick out several different types of beans of different strengths from all around the world to go with my gift.
I really like this shop. They have plenty of interesting coffees and teas, along with coffee makers, grinders, cafetieres, tea pots etc.
I know my boyfriend (and all his European work-friends) used to come here every day for their coffee fix. He said the take-away coffee here is excellent (and cheap as chips compared to chain coffee shops.)
Huge selection of coffees, teas, and their respective paraphernalia, as well as incredibly delicious £1.20 cappuccino. They're always happy to offer a suggestion, grind the coffee to my ridiculous specifications, and are all just really nice folks who are happy to chat, if it's not too busy for that. If I could live in here, I would.
Hey guess what! The espresso sucks! It's weird angular underextracted-tree-bark watery weird!
But I am indeed a fan of this lil place. Whyever, say you? (that "?" placed intentionally to allow you to embody my straw man if only you choose)
1) Aforementioned dirty forest mudwater is £1 and caffeinated so complaints are ill-deserved, really.
2) The beautifully quirky (and rather cozily confined) interior, wood-panelled shelves stocked to the brim with coffee/chocolate/fruit/nut curiosities, evokes an early 20C apothecary of caffeinated exotica, like some remnant of colonial trade. There are little packaged fig cakes and confections and chocolates whose branding seems impossibly anachronistic. (The best-by dates all seem to check out, though!) P cool stuff. **aha, checked...apparently the store has been open since 1887**
3) It smells like the dream. Powerful coffee roast and deep dark chocolate swirled into a denser-than-air aromatic liquor almost tactilely invading your sensory organs. "Heady" in its apposite usage was invented upon the inhalation of this sort of aroma.
Yeah, so it's worth soldiering through the espresso just to set foot in the shop. And who knows, maybe the whole bean coffee is really good! "Qualifiable for further upgrades"
I nearly fainted when I walked in.
The smell of coffee, while lovely was just physically overbearing and I found it hard to breath.
The coffees cheap, the coffees good, the service slow and cramped, but that's what you get for a decent java.
I'd pop in when it's not busy, but that's a rare site.
Small shop packed with tons of goodies! Designed to pick you up and give you a caffeinated buzz!
The expresso is a bargain at just 90p! And I picked up some interestingly flavoured Zotter chocolate. Pink grapefruit and cashew! Well coffee and chocolate is my choice of drugs!
As i was walking by, a shiny storefront caught my eye... yelp.co.uk/biz_photos/6g….
My subconscious mind would not let me pass by without further investigation. My jaw dropped at all the beautiful coffee presses, percolators, beans, chocolates and italian candies!
This shop is my little temple to coffee.
Oh java, thou art so toasted.
dark roast be thy name.
Thy espresso come, thy shots be done
In my cup for takeaway.
Give us this day
our morning cappuccino
for a pound twenty and
lead us not to poor coffee and deliver us from instant.
The Algerian Coffee Shop has been my saving grace on a number of I'm-so-hung-over-I-think-I'm going-to-die occasions. They are the coffee connoisseurs of Soho and the traditional counter (over 100 years old) is a treat to be served from.
They sell an amazing list of coffee and teas to take away at dirt cheap prices. An Espresso is only 70p, probably the cheapest pick-me-up going in Soho. You choose the blend you want and then they whip you up whatever you'd like from the huge menu board balanced on the counter. So it all depends on how much energy you need, go for the Formula Rossa for your espresso and 10 minutes later you'll feel like you're about to orbit into space. What hangover?
They also sell lots of good quality confectionary to have with your drink. The wacky Zotter chocolate is a favourite, but be careful as eating this could make you feel terrible all over again. Don't try the 'Sheep's Milk with Honey Nut's' (what the hell was I thinking) just play it safe with the more simple ones such as the 'Chocolate Banana' flavour, a nice gooey mess in proper foil lined paper with a cover, just like the good old days.
The Lilliputian location makes the overflowing stock set at reasonable prices feel as if it's coming in on all sides of you on the diminuitive sales floor. But the prompt, efficient service ensures a high customer turn-around rate to ward off claustrophobia, so don't expect to linger browsing. I suppose if you went during an off-peak time that this would be the perfect place to pick up a gift or something special for a coffee/tea lover (or yourself if you're not feeling charitable. like me) because this store has loads of appliances, sweets and doodads that line its walls and clutter its counter spaces.
Algerian Coffee also offers no frills takeaway espresso drinks. I'm pretty sure it's just espresso, double espresso or dairy cappucino here. If you like your coffee without prissiness, the espresso is totally solid for 90p, a sweet pull to savour on the pavement outside from a paper cup.
A mate took me here as his secret place...
it is amazing, the smell, the taste the feel of the place is just what a coffee shop should be.
Lots of beans and coffee stuff for your coffee needs.
It will ruin all other coffee shops in the area...
Love this hidden gem in the heart of Soho. The smell of coffee. The choices. The staff . I spend hours in there looking at the teas and trinkets and selecting my coffee to take home. They deliver too, but that would just not be the same.
Algerian Coffee Stores is coffee, coffee is the Algerian Stores!
Like or lump it, I don't care.
This is coffee heaven!! 5*
Heaven for coffee lovers. You can select from an amazing range of coffee for all tastes and coffee machines. They also know what they are talking about, so ask and tell them what you like and you will find a coffee that's perfect for you.
Cute postcards, great staff, beautiful smells, and CHEAP coffee to take out... Why would I spend nearly £2.00 at a chain coffee shop for something that doesn't remotely taste like espresso when I can have it here for under a pound?!? I love this tiny old school joint and when I lived in the area this was the ONLY coffee I lived off.
Highly recommended on any tour through Soho with anyone who even vaguely enjoys coffee. It's a tiny little guy, but there's enough to look at and smell to make a trip worth it, and for £1/espresso, it's a great place for a refuel. The staff is efficient and a little bark-y, but they will stop and chat if you have questions or show an interest.
As you Sasanachs might say, I'm chuffed to bits that I'm first to review this place. Since a friend tipped me off, I have been worshipping daily here, consequently becoming rather sentimentally attached. The wall of coffee beans and tea leaves from around the world seem for my delectation exclusively. All half-dozen quirky and helpful staff are there to serve yours truly. The massive variety of crazy flavoured chocolates are mine. The Chinese tea bricks are mine. The jasmine flower balls are mine. I have exclusive rights to do ALL of my Christmas shopping in here. Above all else, the 70p Macchiatos and 95p Lattes are mine. Actually, on second thoughts, why am I even advertising this place? Hands off, forget you ever read this.
Spiced coffee! Why can't I find any in the states? LOVE ! I have started ordering online since I moved back to California.
I'm glad I'm not the first to review this little spot, as I'd hate to be the one to give it away and release the hordes, who would inevitably inundate this little coffee nirvana. The damage has been done, I guess, and prices are already a little higher than the first reviews.. that said, £1.20 for a cappucino or flat white of the best quality, compared to the chains all around it? Bargain! Not to mention a wall of grinds for home, and any number of sweet confections of the extraordinary kind, like bittersweet chocolate covered marzipan bricks?! hello! I also appreciate that the persons making my coffee drink are the same fellows who work the rest of the store, and not some pimply teenager who hasn't yet grown out of fanta and red bull.
I have been stopping here each time I am in London. First off, the 90p espresso is right up my alley since I pay am converting from dollars. After getting my cup, I gather up a variety of dark chocolate, some licorice mints and other small items scattered around the store. It is cramped in the way of everyone here loves coffee.
It's so hard to find good coffee in this city. This place has been around since the late 1800's and is truly a gem (there's only one store). Owned now by an Italian gentleman, this is the place to go for a huge selection of really great coffee beans (they also serve take-away lattes for £1.20) and teas at super reasonable prices. They also have a great selection of coffee/tea making hardware. The staff are all young, super friendly and really into coffee.
Fantastic place, can find any coffee beans and chocolates as well as grab a nice coffee for £1.30 take away . Would recommend
Great selection of coffees, teas and other stuff like imported chocolate. The coffee menu is huge. Luckily the staff know what they're talking about, and can blend you whatever you want. Or decide for you - I wanted something strong and flavoursome and I got what I asked for! Will, of course, grind the beans to your chosen consistency if you don't have a grinder at home. Lovely.
I've only visited this place once quite a few years ago, but the range of coffees and the smell still stays with me. I bought a few different coffee beans including a lovely aromatic mocha bean that was smooth, dark and cholocatey lovely. I'd recommend this place for any coffee hound.
Oh the smell of this shop is divine. It's so small there is nowhere to sit but they will make you fresh cup of coffee to take away and on a sunny day St Anne's church yard is just round the corner to enjoy it.
When you first see the red and white candy striped facade of this coffee house, it catches your eye. Amid SoHo's trendy patisseries and fetish shops lies a little treasure. Little it is, too cramped to get in half a dozen customers without bumping into each other. You can only truly browse if you're in there solo. But the coffee is divine, and that's really what you came for isn't it? Beans, beans and more beans. The smell is heavenly and their flavoured coffee is smooth and sensual. Yum!
Amazing coffee shop, with super helpful people. We have been coming here for 6 years and I buy loads of coffee to take home and freeze. The fresh coffee they serve is pretty special too. Best kept secret :)
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