Anywhere I travel, I'm always on the lookout for specialty coffee. Coffee isn't hard to find in London with plenty of Starbucks, Costas and Caffe Neros around town, but I wanted coffee from a smaller, perhaps local roaster. Luckily I remembered the name Square Mile Coffee Roasters that I heard of many years ago. Never tried it since shipping coffee from the UK just wouldn't make sense with the specialty roasters we have here (Counter Culture, Intelligentsia, Stumptown, etc).
I found Flat Cap Coffee Co. on Square Mile's "Where to drink our coffee" page (squaremileblog.com/where…). It was near my hotel so I had to pay a visit. You can't miss it as it's basically at the very front of the Strutton Ground Market with a bold black tent. The setup is simple including a standard La Marzocco espresso machine and a grinder or two. I ordered a cappuccino and it was as delicious as any I've had in the US. Flat Cap's location is convenient as it allowed me to walk up and down the (small) Strutton Ground Market while enjoying my cappuccino. After finishing my cappuccino, I went back to buy a bag of beans (for drip/pourover coffee) to bring home. They didn't have any at the time and told me to check back tomorrow after they checked their warehouse.
I went back the next day on my bean quest and also enjoyed my first flat white ever (how come we don't have those as widely available in the US?). Unfortunately they still didn't have any beans for me, but they did let me have my flat white for free (thanks again, guys). Flat Cap is just a couple of really nice guys here running a small, unassuming stand serving delicious coffee.
I dig the lattes here. Indeed, until the arrival of Iris & June, Flat Cap Coffee's stall in Strutton Ground's market comfortably ruled the roost in Victoria's coffee wastelands. It has strong competition now, but for wandering espresso-fans it's still worth checking out.
The takeaway only stall does at least make things simple: one person takes your order, another prepares the coffee, in my case, adding the milk with a steady, close pour that betrays the skills of a top barista. Prices are the usual £2.50 ish for lattes.
After reading about all of the wonderful coffee places springing up in the City in the last few months, jealousy began to take hold of the workers in the St James's Park/Victoria area. Around here it's all been the main chains, and lunchtime sandwich bars. Quality's therefore ranged from acceptably-above-mediocre to DIRE.
With the arrival of Fabio & Charlie and The Flat Cap Coffee Company however all this has changed, and proper coffee can be found in the streets of Westminster!
Fabio is an expert barista with incredible knowledge and attention to detail, and insists on using high-quality ingredients (incl. Square Mile Coffee) to produce a cup which is something I genuinely look forward to in the morning (as opposed to the routine "heart starter" that a coffee once was).
The prices are on par with other places around the area - somewhere in the vicinity of £1.80 to £2.20 depending on what you're having.
They also sell a very tasty range of pastries & whatnot brought in from Villandry, although you've usually got to get in pretty quick in the morning!
On my way to an interview this morning, I had the pleasure of enjoying a made with love and oodles of skill coffee at Flat Cap Coffee Company. At Flat Cap, you'll get delicious coffee and impeccable service and friendly banter that'll leave you grinning.
If you're serious about your coffee, you've got to give them a try! These guys really know their coffee. The beans are Square Mile and are bought in reusable buckets instead of the bags, I was pleased to hear. My cappuccino was smooth and flavoursome and although I would have preferred it stronger, I enjoyed it thoroughly.
I hope I get the job I interviewed for so I can be a regular customer at Flat Cap!
Last Sunday, I met my friend Janine here and we had a lovely brunch. Our coffee was good and the cake we had with it delicious and fresh. The girl who welcomed us looked nice and pretty. Just lovely.
Hands down the best coffee in London. Smack in the middle of the Strutton Ground Market, Flat Cap offers up lattes of unprecedented tastiness. The girl behind the espresso machine is full of energy (possibly caffeine-fueled) and the gent manning the register is friendly and chatty with the walkers-by. I can't recommend it enough.
Just got to London last night for a 3 day stay from Seattle. This little coffee stand is just 30 meters from our flat and makes really good espresso drinks. Ordered a Cappuccino and got what we know as a Latte. Nice Latte art in the foam too. It doesn't get much better.
Agree agree agree! As an antipodean hailing from shores where cafes stand or fall on the quality of their coffee, Flat Cap is a revelation in the Westminster area. My drink of choice, the Flat White, is always made with care, the milk frothed perfectly and to the right temperature and with a minimum double shot of espresso, you can actually taste the coffee - unlike most of the chain outlets who overheat milk, and serve coffee in giant cups.
Word of note - do not be fooled by imitation Flat Whites which appear to be popping up in the multinational chains (Costa, Coffee Republic etc). I thought I would give them the benefit of the doubt so tried one at Costa, Clapham Junction and Coffee Republic in Rochester Row, only to be disappointed. Same old overheated milk, same old no flavour, and giant cup. To give them some credit, they managed to make a nice heart shape with the milk...
Anyway - back to Flat Cap - tell your friends!
Just went to try this place and it no longer exists so don't make the trip it's a wasted one.
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