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Reacquainting myself with an old friend

Last Thursday I was running early (as usual) for a Businesslink course in London Bridge, the perfect opportunity to reacquaint myself with my old friend Monmouth Coffee.

I used to be a pretty frequent Saturday visitor to Borough Market when I lived South of the river but since I defected oop North visits have been few and far between. Now, for those of you who have not been educated in the delights of Monmouth, it is, in my opinion one of the best coffee’s you can get your hands on in London. Their coffee menu is simple and unfussy – I highly recommend their flat white but on this occasion I decided to go for a filter coffee. I really like the look of the racks and rows of filters lined up on the counter and I love the fact that you can’t rush a filter coffee – the water takes it’s own sweet time to drip through taking the most delicious coffee with it – 

The wait is always worth it at Monmouth – 

The perk of being in Borough Market on a Thursday was that it was relatively quiet and I had the chance to wander around and see what was new since my last visit. I was drawn to a little stall owned by The Cinnamon Tree Bakery

and especially to their Pecan and Orange Shortbread (a light and flaky shortbread with fresh orange zest and a sweet pecan and orange crust)

After much deliberation I decided to try a Tweet Tweet Cookie (Pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds, raisins, dates, tahini and malt extract), which was divine! It was chock-full of wholesome ingredients and still managed to be the most delicious cookie with a very satisfying, not too syrupy, not too crumbly texture. Just what I needed to help me through 4 hours of lectures on starting a business 🙂

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Caravan (of love)

This morning I paid my second visit to Caravan on Exmouth Market. I work just around the corner and had been reading good things about it in timeout and on young and foodish so first thing on Tuesday morning I had headed down there only to be told that they were having ‘issues’ and didn’t have a working water supply and with water being a pretty vital component of coffee I had to leave empty handed. I didn’t write them off however, and this morning, for my Friday treat I wandered over to Caravan again. This time I was not at all disappointed and I can confirm that the wait was most definitely worth it!

I ordered an americano but then noticed the row of china coffee filters on the counter and realised that I wasn’t in danger of being served a filter coffee that had been brewed an hour or so earlier and had been stewing away in a jug…these guys knew their stuff. So I changed my order to a filter.

I was offered three varieties, which they roast in their basement. I was taken through the pro’s and con’s of each and decided on the Musasa as it was the strongest. The guy serving me was incredibly attentive and concentrated on giving me the coffee I had been dreaming of, checking that he was adding the right amount of sugar and milk to suit my taste. The cup was fairly small in comparison to some other cafe’s I frequent and was £2 but after my first sip I knew it was money well spent and realised that I may have started a dark and dirty liasion with the Caravan (of love)!

Only 7 weeks after opening apparently evenings are really busy and weekends are rammed so evidently their food must be something special too. I’ll keep you posted once the inevitable happens and I sample it.

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