During our trip to London, I was determined to find as many new cafes as possible! After having scoured the internet and not finding anything particularly attention grabbing, I finally gave up and made a U turn, going straight back to my usual source of cafe inspiration; youtube. It was there that I stumbled upon Department of Coffee and Social Affairs, a kitsch cafe with various shops located all over London.
With a couple of hours to kill before our flight back to Japan, Chad and I decided to try out the shop at St. Martins Courtyard, since it was so close to our hotel. Knowing that this was predominantly a coffee shop as opposed to a cafe, I was a little apprehensive. I spent the entire walk willing them to have tea, since unfortunately for me, I hate coffee. Back in the day, when I was riddled with social anxiety as opposed to the half filled socially anxious human I am now, I was always nervous entering a coffee shop with the intention of ordering tea, but at this age, I hardly notice.
The coffee, however, did not go unexplored. While I ventured clear of the enticingly aromatic coffee, my cafe-hunter partner in crime, Chad, was more than ready to indulge in some caffeinated liquids.
With beans from Rwanda and Columbia, the coffee at DCSA is bound to leave an unforgettable taste in your mouth. Not only is their coffee decorated with beautiful art work that will have you torn between tasting and savouring, but it’s delicious too.
It bothers me that the awning was so wonky, but hey, what can you do.
‘But what if I’m hungry, Naomi? What then?’ I hear you ask. Well, fear not readers, for along with selection of beverages, they also have a variety of foods to choose form, both savory and sweet. Since I eat far too much on a daily basis and always enjoy a treat to go with my tea, I decided to order a lamination; my Australian friends continuously rave on and on about these.
“Clean and smooth, this coffee comes at the perfect temperature and lacks any harshness of taste.”
‘Happiness is a cup of coffee and a good book.’
You can also purchase various penguin classics for 80p to enjoy with your meal! What a wonderful weave literary culture and coffee culture together.
For those of you who have the crazy constitution to live in London, why not check out this pretty cool cafe. They also offer coffee classes that you can sign up for and partake in, along with subscriptions, so why not check out their website and see what they’re all about: http://departmentofcoffee.com/