I just spent a month in London for work and I have to say that my daily order of a medium skinny cafe latte from Costa Coffee will be sorely missed. Maybe it's just because I was abroad and things taste different (better) across the pond, who knows. I would come here before work just about every day as it was down the street from the office. I never sat in the cafe area, though it looked like an area conducive to both doing work and conversing (or both). Clientele ranged from students to suits. Definitely recommend.
Convenient place to grab a coffee or tea and you'll get a voucher for free WiFi with any purchase, it was definitely a draw for me although I wish it was 100% free. I got a large coffee one day and it wasn't the best, was fairly watered down and I didn't get the normal energy increase that I get from coffee. I'd go back but wouldn't go out of my way to grab coffee from here again.
The coffee is great, the shop too. But one thing what really sucks in this shop is the staff. They are really slow, forget what you ordered, in general really chaotic. I have no idea why but I takes almost 10 minutes to get a coffee, even if the shop is empty.
I'm not sure why I keep coming here for the occasional morning coffee it's convenient being placed right outside the train station but the coffee is quite frankly terrible. I think I do it in the hope that I get a different barista (I use that title loosely) but they all seem as bad as each other. The coffee is either weak, burnt or way too strong I ordered their new caramel coffee the other day and ended up having to add half a cup of milk to the horrible filter coffee when I got to work, not what I paid 2.85 for.
While I admit I like Costa's savoury foods as a quick bite to eat on the go, I also wouldn't recommend their muffins or sweet food which are invariably dry and tasteless mass-produced offerings.
I think I shall start leaving for work 5 mins earlier so I have time to walk up to Department of Coffee or Prufrock for my morning caffeine hit.
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