In the East of London, far enough from the buzz of the city but still in zone 2, there is a magical area called Broadway Market.
Located in the heart of Borough of Hackney between Regent’s Canal and London Fields, Broadway Market is a shopping street full of artisan shops, restaurants, pubs and coffee shops. Really close to the park there is Climpson’s Café, a specialty coffee of the Climpson’s and Sons company.
This is the first shop that has been opened since the early 2000s by Ian Burgess, the owner and founder of the company. The shop is nice and cosy serving specialty coffees (changed on a weekly basis) which they roast themselves and they serve gourmet food ensuring the sustainability of the local businesses.
The shop uses a La Marzocco PB 3 groups and two Victoria Arduino Mythos One grinders for espresso recipes. They use as well a Mahlkönig EK 43 grinder and provide filter coffees with Batch Brew Filter and pour overs like V60 and aeropress. They do as well cold brew as cold recipes. Most of the recipes are made by take away cup, especially on weekdays.
About the coffee
I am served a double espresso “The Baron”, a Mundo Novo variety from Daterra Estate, a pulped natural process from Brazil: a well-balanced and medium body, chocolaty and high in flavour with marzipan above all the others (and hints of dried fruits). The acidity is good with a clean final. Adding some milk, the coffee has a rich mouthfeel and a super sweetness. The coffee is available whether on the website or in the shop at the price of 7.50 pounds per 250 grams.
About Daterra Estate
Daterra Estate is located in Cerrado region of Minas Gerais.
It was the first farm with environmental sustainability in Brazil. It is UTZ Certified and it is the first farm of the world to achieve level A certification from the Rainforest Alliance.
This is a shop (which is open seven days to seven) that deserves a visit especially on weekend where you can drink a cup of coffee while enjoying the street food market. You can decide as well to chill out in London Fields Park or by the Regent’s Canal.
You can visit also the roastery which is only a few steps from the shop and you can pop by on their second site at Old Spitalfield’s Market.
Climpson's and sons cafe The Grade
I am an Italian coffee lover that pushed for the love of this “amazing drug” decided to come to London to study about coffee and its different extraction procedures and tastes.