West Coast Coffee

This summer, I spent three weeks travelling down the West Coast to visit family and attend a family wedding. Of course I got to try a little coffee along the way. We travelled from Vancouver BC, down through Seattle and San Juan Island, Vancouver Washington and Portland Oregon to a week or so in Pasadena […]

Cross London Coffee Crawl W11 NW1 NW5 SE4

There were a few places I wanted to visit flung among areas I am not often found in so I decided on a special cross London trip. Fortunately both the canal towpath and newly improved overground rail connections made the journey a lot easier than it would once have been. The plan was to cycle […]

My 2012

What a great year 2012 has been. Highlights for me have included my music residency at Notes Covent Garden which has allowed me to develop a new playing opportunity with Maciek Pysz and Demi Garcia Sabat as well as appearances from Mike Outram, Alam Nathoo and Simon Roth. The gigs with Delicatessen have all been tremendous, […]

2012-3 London Independent Coffee Christmas & New Year Openings

I’ve organised this by sections: click on the areas to go straight there. I particularly recommend Prufrock, Kaffeine, Rapha Cycle Club and Dunne Frankowski. West End North, Central and City East South and West My coffee map West End Tapped and Packed http://www.tapcoffee.co.uk/ 20 Rathbone Place 114 Tottenham Court Road 193 Wardour St closing the 24th 25th 26th 31st & […]

Where is the London coffee scene at and where is it going?

I interviewed (by questionnaire) a number of the key figures on the London independent coffee scene. I have received a number of responses which make quite fascinating reading. If you want to be part of this, please email me here I purposely made the questions on the questionnaire very open. Also feel free to comment […]

Jazz@Notes a photoset by Ped Leung

The music sessions at Notes Covent Garden are going well indeed. They seem to function to both help create an atmosphere for people to meet and chat in a convivial space with great wine, food and coffee and also as a gig for people who want to watch and listen . . . a happy […]

St Ali hits London – the latest chapter in London’s coffee renaissance

Slayer: photography by Glenn Watson | http://coffeephotography.com Well. We’ve been enjoying the revolution in the London coffee scene for a while now. The bar, in terms of coffee quality and cafe experience has been raised time and time again by the likes of Lantana, Kaffeine, Dose Espresso, Tapped and Packed, Penny University, Prufrock, Notes, Music […]

Intelligentsia Pasadena

I blogged this over on Posterous. It was a neat coffee experience. The new Intelligentsia coffee shop in Pasadena opened during my stay in the town recently (August 2010). I had been really looking forward to visiting and I wasn’t let down, though there were a few surprises along the way…….. Intelligentsia Pasadena article (Now […]