Fantastic coffee in London.
They offer a variety of fresh medium roast beans, all available brewed to order via pour over in paper filter ceramic cones.
They sell the beans in a variety of bag sizes as not to commit you to too much of one kind.
The service is excellent. While selecting beans to purchase, our barista brewed us a sample of our selection to confirm it was to our liking.
The labels on the cups are a nice touch so you can identify your cup and know your coffee's details.
The beans are excellent. I was able to get more nuanced flavor using slow brewing technique at home.
Special credit for exceptional decaf.
I spent £30 on 1kg of two bags of coffee. To be fair, they were gifts for my brother who is, my go to guy, for coffee knowledge. This is a guy who lives, breathes and sleeps coffee. (Despite the caffeine content...)
Monmouth has always been a favourite of ours and even if they're super busy, they'll do coffee tastings for you because they have so many coffees to try and buy. you can go smooth, strong, fragrant etc. Basically licensed to get buzzed. We tried about 3 coffees and bought two types. Costa Rican and Indonesian. I much preferred the former because I've never been keen on really strong, almost acidic coffees.
Anyways, get buzzed here because its ALWAYS buzzing here, and always has a queue out the door.
This may be one of the most perfect coffees I've ever had. So artfully brewed, service was overly warm. It even puts many of the artsy coffee shops in SF to shame!
The pastries looked amazing but I didn't get a chance to try it. It's worth a special visit if you are in London!
Great service, good coffee.
Monmouth is perfect.
When it comes to a latte, which is generally my coffee shop order. No one delivers the quality that Monmouth does. It's getting all the little bits right and marrying them into a beautiful latte concoction. The whole fat (probably locally sourced) milk, the fine brown sugar in their bowlfuls. For the peckish, the delicious bits of pastry also on offer certainly helps. But we all know we're here for the coffee.
I have a coffee snob ambition. As such, avoiding coffee giants and supporting the independent coffee shops is a developing habit. Monmouth is definitely one of my favourite. Sadly, knowing how good their latte is, I never order anything else. The other part of the problem is that they're rarely open when I'm in the area. I'm always at the seven dials on Sundays and sadly work just far enough, with enough unsociable hours to be denied Monmouth.
To anyone who works where Monmouth is their local coffee haunt - are you hiring?
After stumbling upon the other Monmouth location near the Borough Market, I scheduled a casual meeting over coffee at this location. I was thinking Yelp should add an attribute for "good for business meetings" for situations like these. But I digress...
- The coffee is excellent. Strong. Drip. Artfully presented.
- It sure is cozy. I'd probably give this a no for "good for business meetings" as you'll likely end up sharing a table with friendly strangers. There were no less than 3 small groups or pairs sharing our corner booth.
- There's usually a line, but we didn't wait for more than a few seconds on a weekday morning. Nice.
Normally, I'd say 4 stars but what pushes them over the edge to 5 (and what I'm shocked is not a Yelp Highlight already) is the fact that they serve Vichy Catalan, my favourite almost-salty water from Catalunya. I will continue to go out of my way for Vichy. I love it. So why not pair it with a nice flat white?
Perfect. Perfect, perfect, perfect.
Monmouth has delicious coffee. Even better? The atmosphere gives the coffee a run for its money. Simple, chic and everything you could dream of in a quaint little coffee shop.
My favorite will always be their cappuccinos--light, airy and perfect for a morning or afternoon pick me up. A must try!
This coffee shop in Covent Garden gets rave reviews online, so I had to pay a visit. True to the reviews, the store is VERY small inside, so don't even think about getting a place to sit. If you visit, plan to take away. For 2.5, my latte was very small and indeed good, but not that much better for the trouble and price. Their system is amazing - they have 3-4 people taking orders, that then shout across the room and around customers to 2-3 others making coffee. I don't know how they do it but they keep it straight and deliver pretty quickly. Worth a try for sure.
They also have a location in Burough Market, but the cue just to get in the front door had to be 20 people deep. Very popular place
Delicious coffee with a cult following (as evidenced by long lineups, no-nonsense service and incredibly packed quarters).
This is the coffee lover heaven. Absolutely love the place, the enthusiasm of the people working there and the coffee of course
Monmouth is a special little place that feels like a long-lost family gathering... with amazing coffee. Drinks are strong, bold, and artfully displayed, so that even the snobbiest of coffee drinkers are satisfied.
First, the staff welcomes you in with a friendly "hello," shows you around the shop to your seat, and tells you how the ordering process works. Essentially, you'll sit in one of the few, small table booths, along with three or four strangers. Signs encourage a mobile-free environment, and there's no wifi. (This means you might actually have to talk to the people you're with, or make small talk with some other coffee-lovers. Shocking, I know.)
This is NOT the place to go if you're looking for a spacious, comfortable, or quiet coffee shop for a meeting or revision. Prepare to bump elbows with a stranger or two. However, in a city that has a reputation for unfriendliness, Monmouth is a refreshing change of pace -- with excellent coffee.
I was advised (properly) to drop Starbucks for once and for all and try this place. I ordered a flat white. I think this had to be the best coffee i've had since I left Los Angeles, home of Handsome Coffee. Now i have a coffee destination. Only drawback, tiny place with nary a seat and lots of devoted fans cramming the place.
A top london coffee joint, great selection of origin coffee beans and drinks. Staff is quite helpful in making selections as well. This place definitely comes recommended to friends.
THE BEST Coffee place in London!! Hands down. Just be aware of their odd opening hours (closed on Sundays)
If you are on a quest for excellent coffee while in London, then you must go to the Borough Market, there you will find Monmouth Coffee, 27 Monmouth St London. First up they will let you taste a chosen coffee. I had and enjoyed a fresh, single origin Colombo coffee, full bodied, not bitter, with a lingering after taste. This coffee destination is extremely busy, with a steady moving queue, with most tables full. The service was friendly, very professional, with grinders and Barista's at full pace. The ambience is a real buzz, absolutely full of locals, tourists, shoppers, and like myself looking for a satisfying shot. Also with their location in the market you will find some excellent fare available. When ever in London down by the Bridge Tube Station, desire a great coffee this is where I shall be. Such a great experience made my day.
AMAZING coffee! Don't let the line dissuade you - WORTH the wait - and the line was quick. While we were in the cue, someone came and took out order. By the time we arrived at the cashier, our coffees were ready. Definitely try one of the truffles at the cash area - delicious! Highly recommend this place!
This became my special little coffee house on my recent week long trip to London. It was during the fall season when the weather was just getting kinda cold, perfect coffee drinking weather. Well, any weather is perfect coffee drinking weather.
In Covent Garden, walking down the narrow Monmouth Street, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee enters the receptors in your brain, that says: follow that smell! I'm so glad I did!
It's a smallish shop, with cheerful coffee loving staff serving you. There's usually a small line, but it moves fast. The seating areas are typically filled, so I always took my coffee outside and sat on one of the simple wood sidewalk benches. It was the best coffee I have ever had, each time I had it.
Possibly the best coffee in London. I am currently on my third London experience and have turned the city upside down each time searching for a delicious cup of coffee. Through a recommendation, I tracked down this little gem and got their 'house special' (just a cup of their individually filtered blend) with a dash of warm milk. Absolutely divine. Did not stay to enjoy the cozy atmosphere but it is quaint with booth seating. Will stay for my cup next time!
If you are looking for the best coffee in London, this is it. I somehow just wandered in to this shop and had no idea what amazing coffee I was about enjoy. These people really know what they are doing (and this is coming from someone who lives in SF and used to live in Portland, so I know good coffee when I taste it).
The prices are typical for what you would pay for a cup at any upscale coffee shop. The line can sometimes be long, but it moves quickly so you won't have to wait too long.
Great little coffee shop a short walk from Piccadily Circus. If you're familiar with Blue Bottle in the US, this compares quite nicely.
The staff are extremely friendly and will get you your drink in less than 2 minutes which is great. I ordered a cappuccino and it was just what I needed to continue touring around London shops. The only downside is that the place was packed so there were no available seats, it was a Tuesday afternoon. I'd recommend this place is you're planning on grabbing a quick coffee and heading out like I did, walking around the area is quite nice!
I cycle down Monmouth Street every morning on my way to work and often savour the delicious smells that woft out from the Monmouth coffee.
Given that I'm usually late I've never found the time to stop, until today. The lady serving me was great, asking what type of coffee I like, how I make it etc and we then agreed on a suitable coffee for me - Sitio da Torre.
I've just made my first cup and it's bloody lovely, which it wants to at £7.50 for 250g.
Very nice. I'm a big time coffee snob and at first, I thought that Monmouth would disappoint. Beans were stored in bins open to the air. The pourover wasn't measured or weighed. Well, I guess I was wrong. Monmouth is excellent. The macchiatos were deep and rich, perfectly extracted. The coffee managed to overcome the lack of precision somehow, yielding a rich brew. And the sugar in the flower pot is a nice touch!
The Monmouth St. location is very nice and central to the Seven Dials for a nice place to rest while shopping. However, it can get a bit crowded at times and sharing tables is de rigueur. Be prepared for a brief crush of humanity when coming and going, but Monmouth is worth it!
A friend suggested this place to me... what wonderful coffee! I'm not much of a coffee person but this is one of those spots that wins your heart straight away. Pleasant and would definitely go here again! Pricy but well worth it
Got a bag of coffee beans as a gift and went to get the beans grounded at the shop. Went in and ask the barista for more information on the taste. He offered a sample so I could taste for myself after explaining a bit about the roast. I wasn't a complete fan after trying it out so he had offered another roast and upon tasting I liked it better. I was able to change the beans I came in with. It was amazing customer service and that is what London needs more of and that explains why they've been in good business since 1978. Also, he was knowledgable about the beans. Many places I go to, from any industry, when I ask questions, 9 out of 10 would say they don't know or they quickly run to a different colleague to ask. Here, all of my questions were answered confidently and even better, sold me to becoming a frequent customer.
Wonderful pain au chocolats and delicious apple juice.
Very cool atmosphere. And I want some more of that apple juice!
I get it why people are buzzing about this place. Their coffee is really good. By good I mean, bold coffee and probably the best flat white I've had in London so far. They make it to perfection. But the place alone is too small for a large coffee fans. I personally like to sit down and enjoy my coffee served in a cup and maybe with company of warm brownie or chocolate croissant. Especially for a good coffee, you need proper seating for people to cherish every sip they take of the coffee.
Gosh, I have not had such a good coffee in ages!! And now that I am writing this the second time because Qype deleted all but "Gosh" I am even more sure about my judgement. I went here this morning with a friend who had suggested it. I had actually walked passed here several times but never went in.
They only have a few tables so be prepared to share you table with up to five other people. We had cappuccino and flat white and both were great. Do not compare this with an average coffeeshop such as Starbucks - it is better. Way better!
The coffee is freshly grinded just before brewing. The milk is organic, I think. The staff is really friendly and they have delicious cake. Loads of people are always queuing to get a coffee to go. This already shows that you can compete independent with big chains such as Starbucks and provide better quality.
So, if you are around Covent Garden or Seven Dials, pop into this lovely café and enjoy a good coffee. It is worth every penny and that at prices below your average coffee.
I drink a lot of coffee in a variety of qualities (I have a coffee maker, a cafetière and instant sitting at home). Monmouth is honestly verging on the best coffee I have had, if not the best. I am struggling to think of a better cappuccino anywhere.
Don't come for the quantity, or the seating, or the health factors (you're going to be getting full milk). Come for the hand-crafted beverages that you can take to sip in peace elsewhere. This venue (as well as the one at Borough Market) is always incredibly busy and there is rarely seating. Don't let that turn you off! The staff are always friendly and this may be the best cup of coffee you've had.
1. Espresso+milk drinks: £2.35
2. Espresso alone: £1.35
London coffee pricing makes no sense to me. £2.70 in Shoreditch. £2.20 in Soho. £2.30 in Pret south of Angel. £2.19 in Pret heart of Carnaby street. That kind of thing.
Here's what I can say: by any London rubric, Monmouth is an exercise in pure malicious lovely devilish thievery. Places get off on this "£2 espresso, £2.5 latte" sort of thing. Well here is very very arguably the best espresso in town for £1.35. Check.
Then we have the extra-conscientiously concocted lat/capp/flat/te/uccino/white assortment, whose [yummy full-fat duh] milk proportions support the espresso just so, for £2.35. Mate.
They also will perform a filter cup manoeuvre on any of the dozen or so behind-counter bean varieties for a similar price, and a "filter shot" (an interesting filter concept which uses a short pour to accentuate the secondary floral/herbal/fruity aromatics of the coffee by not extracting as much roast/tannin/caramel "body" notes). These are intense, well-extracted preparations (and the best way to really truly taste the intricacies of coffee). They're also something like £2.35 and £1.35 respectively.
So yes, indeed. A no-pretense celebration of fine fine coffee. Full embrasure.*
*"1609 Shakespeare Troilus & Cressida iv. v. 36 'Preuents Our lock't embrasures.'" (OED)
Ace place. As I said on the photo. With a ceramic coffee filter holder, some filters and a little bag of coffee you can have a cup of Monmouth on your desk whenever you want. How cool is that?
The shop is great and v busy, obviously they sell their great coffee here by the cup or by weight.
If you're unsure about a particular coffee they're happy to make you a little one to try before you buy your beans. I'm currently on the Santa Isabel Guatemala which is exquisite.
If you are buying their more expensive coffees the price per kilo is the same regardless of how much you buy, for the cheaper coffees you are better off buying 500 grams and over.
If you spend £8 on 250 grams you are spending about 40p per cup, which when you think about it, isnt really that bad at all. You can make anything drinkable with enough frothed milk and sugar but a cup of Santa Isabel tastes great naked.
I've no idea why there isn't a local Starbucks..... Oh! Actually, I think I do.
Ok Monmouth... you're good. You're very veeeeeery good. So smooth and frothy, so fresh and complex, so sharp and earthy, such style, such flavour, such aroma, such a damn fine body...
But you know it.
I think I've dated you before. You screwed me... but I'm still not over you. Apparently I'm the bitter one.
(Refer to Larissa D's review HERE.)
Welcome to the elite of London coffee-shop culture. You won't find a better coffee shop. This is the preferred source of coffee for connoisseurs in this part of London. For those who appreciate the appetising aroma of excellent roasted coffee, it's a treat even to walk past this wonderful cafe. If you live or work in London, trust me, pay this place a visit, it's a local treasure.
Inside, even as I write, cheerful staff are serving every conceivable variety of premium beverage and a selection of top-quality cakes to a steady flow of discerning customers. It's primarily a take-away service, but there are seats inside if you have time to spare. You can buy a drink here, or buy beans (ground/unground) to make yourself at work or at home.
Behind the counter are sacks of beans from all corners of the Earth, and a detailed menu is provided to help you choose. The menu changes regularly, and offers poetic detail about the flavours and provenance of the beans. In recent months I've sampled coffee varieties described as "smooth", "chocolaty", "nutty", "citrus", or grown in volcanic soil irrigated by a small waterfall flowing from a mountain stream in a particular town somewhere exotic.
I highly recommend a visit to their roasting house too, on another premises in London, where there is also a retail service.
When you've experienced a real coffee shop like Monmouth, for the rest of your life you'll struggle to understand why so many people even in these parts still go to ubiquitous café chains.
Randomly saw a line outside this coffee shop while shopping in covent garden. So glad my sister and I decided to get some coffee!
We got a flat white latte and cappuccino. The flat white latte was okay... Could have been a little better because it tastes a bit burnt. The cappuccino on the other hand was so delicious! I wish they gave me a larger cup so I could have drank more of it!
There was a long line to get the drinks and a longer wait to be seated in their tiny seating area. I suggest you just grab a cup and drink it while walking around doing some shopping!
Thank you to Larissa D for showing me the coffee gospel and introducing me to this place. I can't believe I worked in this area for so long and hadn't been.
Their coffee list is like a wine menu and even though you have to wait in an extremely British queue - its totally worth the wait. Fantastic coffee! brownies looked tasty too!
Spent £2.30 on a filter coffee 3 hours ago.... Still buzzing
(right now I probably looking like Beavis after doing the drugs in The Beavis and Butthead Movie)
I'm not looking forward to the come-down, it could be the biggest caffeine kickdown since I drank a cafetiere of Kona by myself when I was trying to write-up my PhD thesis. The shakes they are a'coming!
So why only 3 stars for excellent strong coffee?
Because of what came after my first word of this review.
Seriously... £2.30 for a filter coffee? It may not be the gourmand's choice but for that much money you can get a filter coffee from Pret, a Curly Wurly and a Kinder Surprise too!
I really don't understand how a place with very limited seating space, stale cakes and average coffee gets all this popularity. I pass by every other day to find queues standing out of the shop waiting to buy coffee from there!!
so I - I stood in the queue, telling myself there must be something amazing about the coffee here-
first time, disappointed
second time with a different order, again disappointed
third time, nothing special
but the queue is still standing there every time I walk down that street. There must be something wrong with my taste buds !
Perhaps we're all obsessed with finding the "best" of any particular category of business - the best pub, the best coffee shop. Maybe in a big city like London there can be three or five or seven top-level coffee shops? I think we've actually reached that point in the last few years. For me, Monmouth Coffee held that crown for quite a few years before the recent and welcome explosion of new, "antipodean" shops. Despite this new development, I think Monmouth holds its own amongst *the* best coffee shops in London.
This reminds me that the first time I entered this shop, I noticed there were only a few seats inside, towards the back. I saw some stairs, and asked if there were any seats down there. The girl told me yes, there is one seat down there, with a smile. I later realised she meant the toilet seat.
I really needn't have to review this place because I'm sure I'll add nothing that hasn't already been said on here. However, Monmouth have rather kick-started a coffee Renaissance in my life after it fell out of favour, so I feel that I owe it a review.
My biggest gripe with most coffee shops in this country (I usually take a black Americano) is that in almost every case: i) the 'Barista' fills your cup right to the brim with water (compounded by the fact that many don't understand when you ask for a half-cup of water) and ii) it's scalding hot. So not only is your coffee more watered down than Fosters, but it invariably spills everywhere. Great. And, of course, it's too hot to reduce any of the volume in the cup, so it's an infuriating situation. [/First World Problem]
So on my first excursion to Monmouth, I expected to have a good cuppa, but I didn't expect to come back all that often - after all, I like Caffe Vergano a fair bit and I only frequent it a couple of times a year. On my arrival to a rather cramped cafe (cute as it may be) with a rather long line outside, I glimpsed a wonderful thing for the first time in my life: a drip filter. I had to have one. And it was delicious. So nowadays I find myself looking for any excuse to detour via Covent Garden. I am willing to wait for that oh-so-slow tube lift, to swim and spin through the crowds to get to Monmouth, only to get back on the Piccadilly Line at Leicester Square. If I told my mum, she'd roll her eyes at me.
I haven't really tried any of the cake-y stuff, so I can't comment (although their croissants do look pretty good). Their beans are great, as you'd expect. And the staff are always chirpy and friendly despite the denizens of incoming customers; it may not be an ideal location to go with a bunch of friends for a social afternoon, but ultimately I just want my damn coffee. In the end, the only problem I've had with this place is that now coffee at Imperial tastes a lot like Benson and Hedges. Gold Label. Expensive taste is expensive.
The Best Coffee of My Life. Two and a half years after leaving London, I still crave it.
Exactingly prepared drinks and whole-bean coffee sourced at single farms, estates, and cooperatives. The tiniest (only?) single-person booth I have ever seen in an eating establishment.
Before Monmouth, I never knew that coffee could taste like lemons, or flowers, or currants, or any number of Robert-Parkeresque descriptors. Oh, oh, oh.
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