Great espresso with baristas that have a sense of humor. Not super-dry, hispter, too-cool-for-everyone baristas. But like... normal people that are cooler than you but don't rub it in your face.
Taylor St Baristas is a coffee shop for coffee lovers.
This is not a working coffee shop. It's a tiny hole in the wall cupboard of a coffee shop. There's little seating. There's barely even room to stand, which is why you'll find most people standing or sitting right outside of it with their coffee.
And it is damn good coffee.
They have limited options on their board behind the counter, but I got an ice coffee and it was creamy and fresh and rich and delicious and just what I wanted on a hot summer day.
Just know this is a spot to take and go, not sit and sip, and you will be fine.
This was a find via Yelp! as I'd never heard of them before. We were served quickly by a chatty and friendly guy - two flat whites and two lime, raspberry and pistachio muffins.
The coffee looked beautiful with patterns in the top - both different - and the taste was delicious. Mine reminded me of a box of chocolates every time which seems odd for a coffee! Lovely and creamy smooth too. I would have liked mine hotter, ideally.
The muffins were a good size and very tasty with a nice texture and plenty of nuts.
The place is tiny but we were lucky enough to perch on top of a couple of tall stools at the tiny shelf (it doesn't justify table!) and have a leisurely time.
Our bill was a bit on the high side, but the quality was top notch; the best coffee I've had in a long while. We'd definitely return if we find ourselves with time at Liverpool Street again.
A small, packed-during-lunchtime, cafe with great atmosphere (the tall ceiling gives it a sense of space that improves the small space no end). The espresso was superb, the cup ideal, and the portion Italian (i.e. Smaller than a ristretto from a high street store, if they knew how to make one). I'm sure of this, because I had several.
The sandwiches look tasty (didn't try) and so do the cakes; the orange cake was very good.
One star off for the poor ventilation, which allowed all the odours from the kitchen to spread into the sitting area.
Best coffee in this area. Closed on weekends and often has a line in the mornings, but it's worth it to upgrade from Nero's, Pret, and Please, for the sake of us all, stay the hell away from Starbucks!
It's tiny, but they're efficient. I enjoy my piccolo and I also get ground beans to make their coffee at home in my aeropress. I really like the people, the atmosphere, and especially the coffee. I've been to both their Canary Wharf locations and now here. They never disappoint.
I've only been going here a couple of months and they already know my order (decaf flat white) or when I am tired enough that I need a proper one.
As everyone says, they know their coffee. However, there is also a bit more to it than that. They have a range of cakes, snacks and sweets that I have never come across before but are apparently big in the Antipodes and delicious. I am already dreaming about my caramel koala that I will have with my coffee this afternoon.
What more can i say?!? This little coffee shop is a gem!!
- the coffee is delicious - especially the flat white. I have been drinking coffee for a long time and have travelled around the world tasting the best coffees and I would say this coffee is always consistently tasting delicious! I normally ask for the medium sized coffee with 2 espresso shots.
- the staff are very friendly! although they don't take card, there have been numerous time where i didn't have cash and they were fine with me coming back another day!
- the shop is located close to Liverpool St station which is handy for those who want a quick coffee break
- try the chocolate brownies and cookies - i dream about these in my sleep!
The only negative apart from not having a card machine is that the size of the place is tiny. Its not a place to go to chill out, its more of a walk in, walk out kind of place. It would be nice sometimes to sit down and enjoy the coffee in the warm environment, rather than having it on the go.
But overall, a 5 star for me since its all about the coffee for me.
A 5 star coffee venue? Really? yep!
Firstly you are waiting in line but no need to worry as you get served before you even get to the counter. No confusion over a filter coffee and what one is, along with a perfectly tasty banana bread slice. Soy milk, why of course madame!
There is a small selection of stools inside but essentially this place is for take out only. The coffee is of a perfect strength with chocolaty undertones - yep I actually wrote that!
As a burgeoning coffee snob and hearing rave reviews from RBS workers in the local, I was eager to check this place out and delighted that it lived up to expectations.
Like some other well-established independent coffee houses in London, I feel like this is a place where you will never get served a bad cup of coffee. Although - in the rare event that you are - there is even a safety net here because there is a sign promising that if the coffee is below par, they are happy to give you a replacement - customer service at its best.
The coffee is a little bit pricey for my liking, but I appreciate that they know their clientele well (City-types willing to part with the cash for a decent cup of joe, like myself). I also haven't tried the food but it all looks delicious and it seemed they had a lot of breakfast regulars, which is testament to that.
The place is small, with no space to sit from what I could see, so it's only suitable for your on the go fix. However - I visited the branch near Bank for a comparison and that is a proper coffee shop haven that left me wondering if it's open at the weekends so I could hole myself up there with a book. Off to write a lovely review for that now...
This is my favourite coffee in London, super friendly staff and excellent coffee, tea and cakes.
The Liverpool St. branch is tiny but efficient, when I'm back in London next I'll be trying out the expansive new Bank branch. I can't wait!
Though the address is correct on this place, New Street is actually directly across the street from Liverpool Station. Not sure what happened to Yelp's map here, but anyway...
Taylor Street is one of the first places I discovered of what I'll call the Aussie invasion. Yep, that's right, Aussies know how to make kick-ass coffee, and apparently a few of them landed in London, realized what was missing, and started opening up perfecto coffee shops (that's my term).
Flat White will be one of those quinessential reviews, but I haven't gotten there yet.
Taylor Street is situated right directly across from a Starbucks. So while sitting in there enjoying one of the top-10 best espressos in London, I watch fools walk in Starbucks across the street. How could they know better, I mean, c'mon?!?
The folks in here were really cool, and I started chatting with them about coffee in London. Soon I discovered a word I'd never heard before. "Antipodeans"... I didn't wanna seem dumb, so I let the guy keep talking, and tried to sift his Australian accent and it slowly dawned on me that Antipodes were people from Australia and New Zealand... My mathematical + latin grammar helped me with the rest...
Anyway, the guy clued me in about the story of how the Aussies had brought coffee to london a couple of years ago, and that it was a rather new movement. Then he started rattling off the treasure trove of information, the insiders guide to coffee in London. Milk Bar, Flat White, Clemson, Fernandez... My mind danced with excitement, while I fiddled for a pen and notebook. I was now on a quest!
I live really near Taylor St Baristas but work much further away. When my boss told me I could work from home yesterday, I swear my first thought wasn't "Yes! I don't have to commute!", it was "Yes! Flat white from TSB!" Talk about getting one's priorities straight!
A previous commenter mentioned that this outlet opened up opposite a Starbucks. If I recall correctly - and it's been a while - it was the other way around; Starbucks opened up after TSB set up shop here. Not that it really matters either way. Every time I walk past this place, there's always a long queue of people ordering coffee. However, you do get served incredibly quickly, with the staff coming up to you to take your order even if you're standing right at the back of the shop, and the coffee's served quickly and efficiently without any loss in quality.
The loyalty card's really great too. Buy four coffees, and the fifth's free! Now, which other independent coffee shop in London offers that?
Taylor St Baristas is a small but, hopefully, group of high quality coffee bars. They have branches in Brighton and Richmond, and a morning pop-up shop in St Paul's, but the venue I tend to visit is in Liverpool Street. It is situated on a side street across from the Bishopsgate, and opposite a Starbucks. It is rather a narrow, crampt cafe but it sells some of the best coffee in London.
The cafe is run by Australians (and possibly some Kiwis too) who, as at Flat White in Soho, specialise in the flat white; stronger than a latte with a roughly 2:1 coffee to milk ratio and "coffee art" in the foam. It is a great looking and tasting coffee. They also sell food, which is good too. They have porridge in the morning with a pick'n'mix range of toppings (the dried apple and brown sugar is my favourite). They also have a range of toasties and muffins which are baked on site.
The atmosphere is lively with music playing (there seems to be a tendency towards good Antipodean stuff like the Bamboos and Fat Freddy's Drop). The service is friendly and personal. It is not particularly cheap; a flat white costs Â£2.20. However, they do have one of the best loyalty cards I've seen: 4 coffees and get one free.
This is a great coffee bar. Definitely bypass Starbucks and go here.
I went just after the lunch rush died, thank God, and was able to order and receive yummy flat white in record time. I can't speak to the food selection, although it looked good, I only went for the coffee. And, I must say, it was damn fine. Damn fine=right temp., nicely frothed milk, amazing flavor of espresso.
It's standing room only with just a bit of "Steh Cafe" lean space opposite the counter. I can see it being a bit sucky if one is to go on a rainy day when it's too busy to stay indoors. That said, the coffee is really, really good.
Oh, and the baristas are "Australian" trained, and, knowing me, upon first glance I read, "Austrian" trained and was just as happy. Ja wohl!
***In contrast with the info. displayed here on the yelp site, Taylor St. Baristas is NOT open Saturdays.
Now that this IS "closer to home" for me, I DO go out of my way to get a sneaky second* piccolo on the weekend. Taylor Street Baristas expertly craft delicious espresso-based beverages. They might even do a filter coffee if the Aeropress for sale on their counter is any evidence of its use in the shop.
The atmosphere is quite chill on a Sunday. Being one of the few open artisanal coffee shops in the City on the weekend, I'm surprised it's not busier, actually. It's so chill that you might be able to snag one of the two barstools at the slim bar area inside. Otherwise, this is a takeaway or drink-outside only kind of place.
*the first is from Monmouth, obviously.
This place gets great reviews for a reason. The coffee here is excellent.
There is always a lengthy queue in the morning (which says something given the sheer volume of other coffee places within 100m) but it moves quickly as they have a team who know what they're doing. To get people through the door you'd expect to see the baristas rushing and working as quickly as they can. Not the case. They seem to move in slow motion in comparison to the rest of the busy staff - clearly very particular about their standards. It's good to see.
I splurged on a muffin here earlier in the week, and that 'splurge' has now become a worrying pattern.
Really very decent.
Definitely the best coffee you will find in the Liverpool St. area. Taylor St Baristas has four locations, the New St. store being the latest edition. It is quite ironic that the store is located across the street from Starbucks, pumping out coffees of a quality that the worlds biggest coffee chain will never come close to.
The fact that it is located right in the business district means that it is often quite busy, mainly in the mornings. I like the idea that the people who work in the offices around the area may be cutting out chain coffee stores, and supporting a small business where they actually get there moneys worth.
The staff really know what they are doing. The crafty designs on the coffee show that the barista has a good relationship with the milk. The milk is creamy and consistant, and the shots of coffee are just right.
Quality. These guys know how to do it; from a nice simple spacesound fellas and proper coffee (as opposed to the Starbucks straight across the street). The week before I found this place I was knockin round Liverpool St lookin for some decent coffee to no joyI know where to start the Sunday markets from now on!
Actually, quality squared!
Whenever I'm asked where someone can find a good cup of coffee, I have no answer for them until now.
In a small shop tucked into a lane conveniently near Liverpool Street Station is the delightful Taylor Street Baristas. Serving up perfectly extracted espresso and other coffee treats using fair trade, hand roasted beans from London-based Union Coffee, these folks serve a delightful cup at a reasonable price.
On top of the great coffee, the staff is friendly and passionate about what they do and how they do it. They also make sure to support the community when possible by sourcing their ingredients from local vendors. Next time I go, I'd like to try one of their food treats. The menu looked yum.
I'll definitely be backand I'll bring friends!
I was first introduced to the joys of Taylor Street by a Richmond-dwelling friend, Sam. She'd discovered the Tolley family's dedication to caffeine over a few morning chats at Source, the supermarket by the station. They'd been questioning her each day to find out what she wanted from her coffee, what flavours she liked, until they found the blend that rocked her world. In the face of such excellent customer service and passion, she'd been raving ever since and, as she's not one to rave without reason, I knew a trip south west was in order. She was right. Indeed, the coffee was so good, I almost regretted moving from that area to North London a few years before.
However, those Aussie siblings have now expanded with a City branch that should: a) help them build that reputation; and b) keep me very happy in weeks, months and years to come. With these chaps, Monmouth and Flat White spread around the place, London has the makings of a PROPER coffee culture.
Oh, and you have to love the irony of Taylor St opening opposite a Starbucks. Mind you, they're not in the same business. Taylor St make beautiful drinks. Starbucks well, do they have any redeeming qualities?
Really tiny coffee shop near Liverpool St station. I don't work in the area so I made the effort going there one day just to try the coffee. The interior is quite nice but it is not for sitting down. Even though they do have a few seats (about 5 if I remember correctly) by the window it is very cramped and not very comfortable.
The coffee is good but I really expected more to be honest. The cappuccino I had there was too bitter for my taste.
I suppose it could be good if you work in the area but there are other, better places nearby for coffee so I would go to them.
Visited Taylor St Barista on a recommendation and very glad I did. Service is about as friendly as it gets, lattes are delicious and silky smooth and the display of homemade cakes is so appealling that OH and I ended up munching on a heavenly slice of fruit-and-nut-packed flapjack just moments before we were due to meet people for lunch!
I felt the prices were a little on the high-side, but the buy-4-get-1-free loyalty card is fantastic. If I worked locally, I'd definitely be loyal to these guys!
I was disappointed with this place to be honest. We made a special trip over there from the office to try some of the usually well-deserved Aussie barista skills and I received a rather bland Starbucks-esque latte.
They had Cherry Ripes which was a nice touch but the coffee was quite a let down and we haven't been back since. Thinking about it now I guess I should always give a place a second chance so I'll try but only if I'm over that way. Sorry guys, you let me down so I'm sticking with Coffee Buzz in Broadgate for now. 2 stars only because I WANT to believe you're better.
This place has the best coffee that I have had in England. And I have been looking for a good coffee for a while! Tucked down a side streeet near liverpool street station, you could be forgiven for walking right past this narrow little shop as it is tucked out of the way. But the coffee is seriously good and the Starbucks that has set up right opposite it is no match!
The food also looks divine - I have not yet tried the brownies or doorstop sandwiches but they look fresh and appetizing.
The only reason I haven't given this place five of my stars, is for the simple fact that my coffee is seldom hot enough. I'm more than willing to concede that maybe this is the style, I just like my coffee hot enough to prevent me from gulping it, that's all.
It is delicious though and the texture of the milk (I'm a philistine and stick doggedly to the latte) is amazingly frothy - maybe this is a trade off with the heat, I don't know, I've always been afraid to ask for risk of offence.
Anyway, the staff are all friendly and have on more than one occasion allowed me 24 hours grace to pay following absent minded, wallet-less visits...
It's fairly expensive for the amount of coffee you get, but if you're a regular, the loyalty card makes all your coffees 80% of the price.
This is my default recommendation for anyone looking for coffee in the area.
Doesn't really have any place to sit, but the coffee is outstanding. They are in tough competition about the best coffee in the neighbourhood, with the Italian guy selling coffee of the back of his truck by Spitalfields market.
Amazing cappuccinos, fantastic crew and though the prices are at the high end, it's gourmet coffee (worth the short wait) and they have a fabulous loyalty card! After just a few visits, they knew me by name and remembered my order. Great location and the queue is never terribly long. Can't vouch for the food, but the menu always looks intriguing. Highly recommend!
Basically your typical coffee-pretentious hipster joint. Who cares, they make a good cup, and it's about 2 minutes away from where I'm working for the summer. Will be back for more soon...
Small, but perfectly formed. Dashed in here for quick coffee the other day with a friend who was in a rush to get back to work. Even though the line was out the door, they were so efficient that we were in and out, with lattes and carrot cake in hand, in under 5 minutes. Delicious coffee and amazing cake, plus friendly and personal service. Love it.
I am now used to the whole system--getting on the line and waiting for my coffee, but when I obsessively frequent a place this month and deam about it en route to work, it deserves 5 stars.
Taylor Street Baristas is just across the street from Liverpool Street Station, but off Bishopsgate so a bit hidden from the main stream of foot traffic. Which it shouldn't be.Yes, it's competing with the 14 Starbucks in the surrounding block, but it is amazing, and definitely one of the best coffees I've had in town. Which is a rare find in this city!
Great coffee spot with good signature coffee drinks. I love them since they are on my way to work and I always try to grab one.
I was on my way to Market Coffee house in Spitalfields, my favorite coffee shop in the area, when I remembered something a friend of mine had said about an Aussie run coffee shop near Liverpool Street.
Laughably, it's located opposite Starbucks on New Street, and packed full of city suits waiting for their daily caffeine fix. I ordered a soya latte which turned out to be quite possibly the best coffee I've ever had, this must be the only café in London to rival the famous Flat White in Soho.
The baristas are obviously coffee obsessed, but their passion for good coffee is evident when you taste their creations. The sign outside underlines the fact that the café is run by Aussie baristas, who are in training for 2 to 3 years, and who see coffee making as an art which must be perfected.
You may laugh, but seriously, the first time you have a good coffee can be more a curse, all other coffee is ruined for you.
What more can I say? I just hope they'll open up a café with more space and seating, I don't always want my coffee to take away.
Good fun, lots of music. Plus even the occasional sing-along.
I was recently here for a 'coffee masterclass' and was treated to some of the best brew in the city. They are a passionate bunch of people about their roasts and one can be sure to grab a great cuppa from Taylor as you really do get the sense that you are being served by real coffee lovers.
Coffee connoiseurs of the highest order!
At last my search has ended! Best coffee I've had in the UK no doubt, not that surprised it took a couple of affable passionate Aussie's to set it up. Had the privilige of trying all the blends and loved 'em all. Great buzzy (scuse the bad pun) atmosphere, sandwiches sounded pretty ace too, defo worth going out of your way for. Can't wait for my next hit!
As a die-hard coffee lover it was a real revelation to discover Taylor St Barista at their 'master coffee tasting' session. As you may well know, if you're partial to an occasional caffeine fix the 'big smoke' can be a surprisingly hard place to get a decent hit. But these guys really know their stuff, from ethical sourcing to expert roasting.
Tucked down a quiet alleyway just opposite Liverpool Street station, the smell of freshly ground coffee lured many a passerby into the midst of our newly found caffeine appreciation club. They might have been closed for business but this didn't stop them serving up their expert brew with a really warm sense of customer service.
The selection of coffees available were as varied as they were good, and I was a little dumbfounded to discover the taste of real blueberries in my last espresso. In fact they were all so good it seemed a waste to taste and spit as suggested, so a few heart palpitations (and 10 coffees) later I was well set for a speedy trip around the Saturday markets.
I love this place, the espresso machiato must be one of the best in London. And they do awesome Lamington too. I am not that impressed about the sandwiches (quiche is very good) but it's all about the coffee..and the cakes
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