Since arriving in London just over a year ago, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect coffee.
Back in Sydney, I was spoilt for choice with many specialist baristas operating cafes just a short stroll from my flat and also a lot of options around my workplace. I was never far from a fabulous flat white, or an espresso that really packed a punch.
However, now that my new home is Essex and my office is at Canary Wharf, I’m struggling to satisfy my daily caffeine craving. I’ve tried all the big coffee chains – Starbucks, Caffe Nero, Pret, more often than not I come away with a disappointing dirty puddle in a paper cup.
If I lived or worked closer to Central London, I’d frequent the lauded ‘Australia-trained’ Taylor St Baristas for my fix, but currently Pret can (if I ask for “a double-shot skim-milk flat white filled just over half-way”, please) almost recreate an acceptable coffee for an eye-watering £3.00.