Several years ago, you would’ve been able to count on one hand the amount of good coffee shops to visit in London. Fast forward to the present day and London is synonymous with a good brew, so much so, it can be hard to pick from the array of cafes, all promising the perfect cup of coffee. One establishment, however, will catch your attention, and keep it, for all the right reasons, and that establishment is Prufrock Coffee.
Prufrock has been an institution within the London coffee scene since the day its doors were first opened in 2011 by owners Gwilym, Jeremy and Klaus, who have pioneered a unique experience when it comes to speciality coffee. Their upheld consistency and continuous innovation make them a force to be reckoned with on the coffee scene.
Situated snugly amongst the bustling market stalls of Leather Lane, with the unassuming white wooden facade and hectic pace of the markets, you would be forgiven for walking straight past the cafe without a second glance.
From the moment you step through the doors, not only are you struck by the minimalistic, industrial interior, but also a sense of ‘these guys really know what they’re doing’. To the left of the entrance is the brew bar, where Prufrock really shines, with the brew bar and its baristas showcasing various brewing methods to the many an inquisitive customer.
On the other side of the brew bar sits a Victoria Arduino Black Eagle accompanied by two Mythos One grinders, they even have a cleaning pitcher with automatic milk dispenser – this is truly autonomy at its finest. Behind the machine you’ll find the talented baristas, on hand to answer any questions you may have, and of course brew some tasty espresso. Don’t be shy.
Red Brick is put through the main hopper accompanied by a variety of guest options from coffee roasters all over the world. There’s also an impressive retail wall of coffee and home brewing equipment available for take-home purchases. If there is one place to fulfil your coffee needs, Prufrock is it.
The breakfast menu lasts until 11:30am, followed by lunch till 3:30pm. Both menus are simplistic, yet satisfying, and perfectly accompany the complex coffee tastes on offer. There is also something for the sweet-toothed amongst us – a variety of fresh cakes for an afternoon sugar fix.
Prufrock is not only a coffee shop, but also houses an additional space where barista training and tasting sessions, for both industry professionals and the general public are hosted. You might also be lucky enough to catch one of the many coffee events they regularly host.
Jeremy and his team are continually testing the boundaries of what a coffee shop can offer, providing a unique customer experience which will inevitably make you want to come back.
So, whether you’re visiting, or living in London and haven’t yet been to Prufrock, we highly recommend you do.