The place was absolutely fantastic and lived up to all the great reviews posted so far. The coffee was so far the best I've had in the UK and the staff and decor were great. I'd definitely recommend this for a quiet coffee with friends and it is definitely something I'd cross town for.
The cafe itself it's a bit small, which is not a criticism, so you may find yourself waiting for a table. There is also a table sharing policy, so beware if you are socially awkward, but I think a great way to add to the already vibrant social atmosphere of the place.
This perfectly trendy coffee shop is a refreshing change from the chain stores off Oxford Street. (Although you're lucky if you find a seat in the crowded little space!)
The cups are quite small, but don't be fooled -- the coffee is bold, easily the best in the area. Prices are on par with Starbucks, but the fresh taste and quirky atmosphere are worth a trip off the main street.
Love this place! It's in my top three coffee houses in the city, and with good reason; they make a mean espresso with their Square Mile beans, and for soya milk they use Bonsoy (which, if you haven't, you must try). Plus I'm always welcomed when I come through the door and at least one person asks me how I'm doing.
They also sell a small variety of beans in the shop.
How I imagine the perfect morning- a big cup of hot coffee with dense milk foam and a melt-in-your-month strawberry filled croissant. I am a great coffee connoisseur and a cappuccino from a street machine on the go is just not my thing. I'd prefer to stand up 15 minutes earlier and have time to enjoy my morning coffee. It is something like a ritual for me. So you can imagine my happiness when I found this place. The professional barista is so polite like you are old good friends. Because of the pleasant interior of the place, the quality service and the perfection of the menu all of the visitors are smiley and forgot, at least for a moment, their busy schedules, work problems and stress composers. You are more than welcome to come any morning, you will probably find me there :)
Popped in here on Yelp's recommendation and to escape Oxford Street. My latte and banana bread (again, chosen on Yelp's recommendation) were both absolutely delicious. The Mrs was a bit disappointed as there was no Diet Coke, but there are lovely jugs of cold water filled with ice and cucumber. As noted the cafe itself is pretty small so maybe not a first choice during peak periods.
Salads and coffee are both orgasmic. Seating isn't organised too logically though... I'm rarely able to get a seat even if there aren't that many people with the result that I often try to introduce friends to this place and we have to go across the road for lunch instead. Alsoo banana bread was a little dry the last time but is usually delish.
My favourite cafe in London by a mile.
Fairly easy to get a seat if you come for breakfast. Banana bread is a MUST TRY at some point. I've been for breakfast twice when they were sneakily giving away samples to tempt customers. Get it toasted, they serve it with a bit of butter, and it is simply divine. Their breakfast croissants are awesome too.
It gets packed on weekday lunches. The queue moves fast if you're taking out, but it can be a challenge finding a seat. That being said, one of the most amazing things about kaffeine is that most people seem to take out (I've only ever eaten in) so as long as there's just 1/2 of you, getting a seat shouldn't be a problem. Weekend brunch timings (11/12) are slightly emptier.
All their sandwiches are great. They often have interesting combinations and they all work. Likewise, their salad combinations are a safe bet.
I pretty much just get the latte, and often end up ordering 2. It's well poured, the right amount of creaminess to coffee ratio. I never add sugar to theirs because it's always served right. Solid latte art too (always helps!). They also usually have a few types of beans. One of the nice things is that despite it being largely self-service, when they come around to clear the cups, you can order more coffee from them at that point. They also often suggest trying the other beans on offer, and all have different notes so it's definitely worth doing.
Outdoor seating - they have what is essentially a bench outside. Seats 4-5. My preferred spot when it's sunny. On a weekend you can stare at Riding House Cafe just opposite and wonder why on earth they have an hour long waiting list when Kaffeine is so much better.
Toilets - Special mention only because I love their soaps and the scents they have the in toilets
Cards - If I remember correctly it's a minimum 7 pound charge
Yelp and my twin sister advised a visit here! On my flat white tour of London on this visit, it was certainly a tasty experience. Small, as a fair warning. Perhaps flat whites are always small?
Huge thumbs up for the small glasses of water placed on our table when we sat down. Very refreshing. Slick decor inside, exactly how you'd imagine all this hip coffee shops to look (visible wood and bricks must it appears! :P )
Love their cappucino
I was in the neighborhood looking for a coffee shop where I could sit and get some work done and yelped up Kaffeine. When I got there, I realized that it wasn't what I was expecting.. it was small, busy, and packed with people. As I waited in the queue, I was admiring their pastries and takeaway items, but unfortunately I just had a huge lunch so anything besides coffee wasn't going to go down well... then I thought about it. Yupppppp, I ended up finding some room for dessert. There was a raspberry and custard muffin calling out my name so I got that. And as for coffee, a Flat White.
Sat inside for a little while soaking in the ambiance until I decided to mosey on over elsewhere to find a place to work. Last thoughts on Kaffeine -- cool place, good coffee, busy place.
They take their brew seriously here which would be reason enough to make a visit. But the food is also incredible. Their menu changes regularly depending what's fresh and in season.
Located just a hop and skip away from Oxford Circus, this is a great shop to make a detour for a caffeine boost and bite. Staff is friendly and they keep their cool even during the busiest times.
Be warned, the place can get very crowded - especially around lunch time on a weekday. On cold days when it's busy, you can't even see inside the front glass as it gets all steamed up because of all the people inside -- But I think it's well worth fighting the crowds for a spot.
Great sandwiches, great coffee and an amazing banana bread. Love the place and the atmosphere. Can be a bit crowded but not a long wait at all.
GOOD coffee and yummy (some very uniqiue) desserts. I love this place and it's got a wonderful selection of both savory and sweet snacks. FYI - It gets a little tight so there might not be enough seating.
Great sit-down cafe to meet up with a friend or grab a quick bite and a cup of coffee before work. People who work here are extremely friendly, and they make sure to provide satisfactory service to each customer who walks in. Their lattes and mochas are more creamy rather than "smooth," so if you are a fan of creamy lattes/mochas, this place would be a great choice. Additionally, you have to try their banana bread. Ask the bread to be toasted and butter-ed... DELICIOUS.
I love Kaffeine, pun intended. The location's more private, away from the commercial buzz of Oxford Street; the people here are super friendly; the weekly menus of salads, sandwiches, and pastries are hardly disappointing; and above all, the drinks just hit the spot for those practically running on caffeine (like me).
The woody ambiance provides a nice laid back and rustic scene- It's such a place to relax in on a dreary wet day. Overall, this independent Aussie/New Zealand establishment is a cozy, yet wildly popular, gem by a busy area of town.
These guys use Squaremile coffee and have 'guest' beans in on a regular basis.
They do an excellent espresso and filter coffee. Depending on the beans and roast it can vary a little. Their espresso is robust, good mix of bitter and mellow and has good lingering quality.
They have a good food menu, with some nice items on there for breakfast.
I love their coffee!!
I work around the corner and I stop in on my way to work. It gets quite busy at all times of the day, so be prepared to wait.
I love their coffee so much that I asked if they did a larger size (they only have one size for a couple of the coffees) they told me that they only do the small size because they do not want to compromise the taste quality of the coffee.
Note: seating is limited and the coffee may be a little strong if you are not a regular coffee drinker.
Good coffee. Great banana bread. Not a huge amount of seating, but seemed enough. Would happily stop in again should I find myself in the neighborhood.
Let me preface this by saying I am not a huge coffee drinker. Tea - that's more my thing. But after reading the endorsements here thought I couldn't not order coffee here. So I opted rather cautiously for a cafe latte and quite liked it. Not up to the best Cafe con leche I've ever had, but good enough.
I also made off with an 'Afghan biscuit', which was tasty, and I would have happily settled in the small, wood everywhere, seating area, had I not swung by just when they were closing.
I'd definitely return.
One of my favorite coffee spots while visiting London.
Coming from a city filled with pop-ups of lux/independent/hipster coffee shops in Los Angeles, i've had my share of fair trade, individually brewed coffee. However, this place gets it right in all aspects - coffee, food, service & cleanliness.
In it was that everything that i've ordered was delicious, not just the coffee itself. They've perfected the brunch aspect of my trip to a T. It 's nice stepping into a coffee shop and having it be one of the more memorable meals during my recent trip.
For breakfast I shared a latte and had an affogato (espresso with ice cream) with a Ciabatta Roll (omelette, pancetta, rocket and tomato salsa). When I originally thought of Ciabatta, Jack-in-the-Box usually comes to mind. Greasy American Fast food. But not this one. It was delicious in every way. The mix of pancetta with their secret tomato salsa was well balanced, i had to go back went and order another one. Forget having Pret for lunch.
It is suffice to say that the price is well proportioned to the quality you receive. I highly recommend this place.
It's a few blocks north of the Oxford Tube but well worth it. (About 5-10 walk)
We came here because it got the highest rating in the London Coffee Guide 2011 (incidentally the reviewer is the owner of Prufrock, which is another incredible coffee joint in London).
As expected, the coffee tastes as if it were brewed by experts. The espresso I ordered was smoky, yet ever so slightly creamy. Baristas and staff in general were good and very friendly---this is one of the only places where your coffee is automatically served with a small glass of tap water, and the staff actually comes around to refill your glass as well.
I had a pain au chocolat with my espresso---sadly I was not very impressed with this particular pastry. The chocolate inside was good, but the pastry puff was a bit tough. But I guess you don't come to Kaffeine for the pastries....
Clientele - a mix of people on their way to the office, hipsters, and young ladies having a chat
I just wanted to start out by giving a little shout out to Ryan for putting this place on my radar. I totally would have never discovered it without you - sigh!
A fab breakfast spot, nothing too fussy just yogurt, toast, porridge and coffee but all lovely and severed by really helpful staff. Chatting with Larissa we were discussing the loveliness of the cakes. I actually ate banana bread for breakfast here! It's so night to go somewhere where they actually make their stuff on site. What's that made from? Of course they can tell you right away, they made it!
Now a place called Kaffeine you'd expect to have mind blowing coffee, meh - I've had better. The Aussie guy that owns this place is like many coffee drinkers from the other hemisphere, they like it strong and bitter. Too bitter for my little British taste buds. But staying that during 8-9.30am the place was pretty busy with very cool and hip types so it obviously is popular with many.
Other nice things are that they take cards and that they have a loo. Top stuff!
I love this area of London affectionately known as NOHO. It has all the things i like about SOHO (lovely bars, shops, restaurants) but without the hassle, the bustle, the hustle.
Sure hasslin, bustlin, and hustlin all have their place but sometimes i just want to wander in a more peaceful environment.
It was on one of these wanders that i discovered the gem that is Kaffeine.
Sexy and black on the outside it lured me through its doors.
On the inside the decor is somewhere between a giant sauna and a game of jenga. All of the furniture is pine and slatted and boxes.
Thankfully there were no overweight naked germans or scandanavians towell whipping each other or balancing towers of wood despite the cosy temperature but instead a nice display of delicious looking food and a fine aroma of coffee.
I ordered a flat white which was made to perfection and served in a sexy black on the outside, white on the inside cup.
My only problem with the place is that there arent many tables as such and most of the seating is the jenga sauna blocks where you have to precariously balance your cup,
That said i came back for a second coffee on meeting a friend about 10 minutes later.
I'm continuing my review of London coffee houses since I'm on a quest to find London's best coffee house... Or so I guess...
Kaffeine is actually great! It was an amazing place to go, brighter interiors than Tapped and Packed (the competing best coffee house in the area). It definitely feels a little more corporate than Tapped and Packed, but it feels a little fresher and less "indie".
Coffee here is good! The flat white I had was good, not the best I've had yet, but definitely good both hot and cold (i.e. after I've spent way too much time watching a screen).
The lunch food didn't really pip my interest today, but only because I wasn't quite as hungry for a sandwich, BUT it looked like that they had a pork belly salad, which I'm thinking, DEFINITELY a must try next time I'm there. Wait, yes, I said next time... Kaffeine has peaking my interest enough to try it again.
A question for other London coffee reviewers though: Why don't coffee houses have WIFI? A little upsetting. But I'll ding this place a little less for it because I am slowly getting to know the LCH scene. Service was non-chalant, but at least not almost rude at another place I went to. (see other reviews for reference)
Anywho, great place. Worth going back! I heart this place... so far.
Great little refuge just off the chaos of Oxford shopping.
After a Sunday morning stroll, stopped here for a long black, toasted lemon bread with ginger butter, and just to plan my day. Kaffeine's staff and customers this a.m. are Australian-centric. Which is great since some of the best coffee shops in the world are in Sydney and Melbourne.
Long black was smooth and very dark roast. Atmosphere cosy without being coy, and the toast was thick and fluffy at once.
Shared a table with another stranded traveler. All in all a mellow time.
Some of the best coffee in London is made here using Square Mile beans and a synesso machine (for those that care)! The espresso has excellent body and crema. The macchiato is served with just a dash of foam (just how I like it) and flat whites are without fault.
In addition to fab coffee there is an equally good selection of cakes to be enjoyed. I love Portuguese custard tarts and those served at Kaffeine are amongst the best I have had in London. The banana bread is tasty too - get it toasted with some butter.
Situated relatively close to Oxford Street, Kaffeine is a welcome remedy to the chaos of the hoards on the rare days I can face heading to Oxford Street on a weekend. I recommend ratio of 1:1 for time spent on Oxford Street vs Kaffeine. You will have a more focused approach after a few espressos, if nothing else!
Kaffeine has a good mixture of seats - outdoor benches which are nice on a summer's day, bar stools at the window and standard tables and chairs. My preference is the bar stools so that you can see what is going on in the world around you.
One of my favourite coffee options in London - enjoy!
I went back.
And the coffee, it put fire in my loins.
Dear Kaffeine, you are perfection, love from Chowney-face.
This could be my love letter to Kaffeine, but I should probably give you more detail.
Situated a stone's throw from Oxford Circus, this tiny coffee shop is always packed to bursting. The owner is also responsible for Prufrock, so knows how to make a decent cup of Joe.
As such, the coffee here is out of this world, and the 'baked treats' are divine. Try the portugese tarts or the brownies. The cheese muffins are enough to make you go weak and the knees.
Head down off-peak, celeb spot, freak out over the coffee. Just go.
You can always tell the genuine quality of an establishment by the amount of loyal locals who frequent it.
Kaffeine is consistently busy as many who work in the area (including my whole office!) literally crave their good quality coffee (Square Mile). It's the perfect place for a catchup over a coffee (or for an impromptu meeting) and a muffin as it's intimate, yet full of buzz! The staff are incredibly friendly and talented at making the perfect cup of coffee. If you go enough times, they will remember you, making the experience even more personal. This little gem is not to miss, just spot the locals carrying away their freshly made coffees!
The jars of water with mint, jams on the tables and carefully crafted menu is a testament to their attention to detail :)
The manager/proprietor/dude-in-the-know was equal parts friendly and business-like. We got through the mini-line without a hitch and took a seat at the window. The flat whites did delight and the banana bread, when heated, was a toasty-warm bit of heaven with melted butter on it. (The plum jam in the vicinity was a nice accompaniment, too!) Efficient, friendly and tidy is Kaffeine. More shops should follow their lead.
Word to the wise: they are open on Sunday when others choose to remain closed.
Good coffee, great service, mouth wateringly lovely biscuits, cakes, muffins and tarts.
I have to confess that I wasn't paying as much attention to the coffee here as I usually do when I'm on my own, but, from what I can recall, the flat white I had wasn't bad. The Portuguese tart was divine, even if I did scoff it down rather quickly, having not had any lunch.
The tables looked cramped but could fit four people comfortably, and I liked the assortment of coffee books I could see on the counter and would have taken one to read had I not been with someone.
It's definitely a nice, relaxing, unintimidating place for a date, although it was also very busy, so we felt we had to move on after a while, just to give other people the chance to try out the coffee. I'll definitely return here under less 'stressful' circumstances so that I can check out the place more fully.
Through the London Coffee Guide and a review here I got to know about this place. As all I read was just good, and as it is also the winner of Best Independent Coffee Shop in Europe 2010, I simply had to go there and see myself.
What can I say? It is a nice place and the service is great! I would assess the service as much above most other cafés I know.
The interior is simple, yet beautiful and light. The coffee is a pleasure and the food looks good. I just had a pain au chocolat, so now I cannot say much about the food in general, but at least the pain au chocolat was delicious.
A place you should not miss if you like to go for a coffee in London!
We found this suggestion in a list of good coffee places from the Evening Standard. It's close to the busy Oxford circus and it is an intimate cafe. The street was empty, but this place was full! There were no free tables, but we managed to share a table temporarily with a couple who were just finishing up their coffees.
I had a flat white (my usual) and my partner had a ristretto. The ristretto was too bitter for her liking, but my flat white was fine. There is a small selection of cakes and slices on display (I missed the banana bread?) but not as much variety as you would see in your usual cafe. This place is much more about the coffee than food (as the name would suggest).
I probably wouldn't make a special trip here - 6.20 pounds is a little pricey for me (for our 2 coffees) and the seating was a little uncomfortable if you wanted to linger here to read your book.
They offer great healthy home made sandwiches. They even offer weekly healthy menus and you can find them on their website. On website you can find even coffee courses to help you to create great coffee at your home.
This place can be a lot of fun. Specially during the summer when it is warm.I do enjoy a few of their entrees.There coffee serving is so cheap but its absolutely delicious!!
Well done Kaffeine, you've successfully turned me back onto the dark stuff.
For a long time I have tried to be one of those people able to exist without a supply of caffeine, but I think those days may be numbered. I have started to enjoy coffee again, it is all Kaffeine's fault.
I literally can't fault the big K. Their coffee is so, so tasty. They are brand new around these parts but throwing themselves into it in a big way, making a name without even having a sign to tell people where to go.
At the moment they're working on perfecting their icecream iced coffee. Suggest you go and help them do so before the summer runs out!
Sorry to burst everyone's bubble, but this place just isn't that great.
Now that's not to say the coffee isn't great. Oh no. The coffee is fantastic. My latte was absolutely perfect (although a large option would have been nice). The coffee is great.
But if I had the option, I'd get takeaway. I just don't feel comfortable sitting on wooden blocky benches. I mean that metaphorically and literally. Wood isn't comfy. My meeting was uncomfy. We were there an hour, but I wouldn't have wanted to stick around and have another drink.
So whilst the coffee is great, I won't spend any time in here. The staff are friendly, they serve a damn good brew, but they haven't won me over.
Although next time I'm passing I might treat Qype HQ to coffees. But, with Lantana just down the road, I'm only likely to come here if I am passing.
The coffee I had at Kaffeine was delicious! The food also looked seriously tasty and I may have to go back to try one of their brownies or savoury muffins. They also do lamingtons!
I had my coffee to drink inside, but wasn't much impressed with the snooty atmosphere or being told where I should sit before I'd had a chance to survey the cafe for table. Hopefully this doesn't happen too often because the coffee really is very good and I'd like to try their food at some point.
Absolutely fantastic coffee. You won't get better anywhere else.
Whether it is decaf skinny latte or a machiatto, this is the only place you should go to for your coffee. -I regret that I've had to leave the area due to work. I'll miss this place terribly.-
Expensive but worth it!
I'm back and I walk the Loooooong way to work every day so I can go to Kaffiene and get my morning coffee! Where else will you get a rosette on your take away coffee? Really!
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