The Build-Outs of Summer are drawing to a close for 2018 (don’t worry, we’ve still got a few weeks), but we’re not phoning it in, far from it. Today’s entry takes us back to London, which has to be one of the most exciting scenes in Europe, nay nay the world. Workshop Coffee has been a staple in London coffee for seven years now, and with their newest location, they continue to solidify their place.
For their fifth cafe, Workshop has set up shop inside The Pilgrm, a boutique hotel in Central London. But the cafe is for more than just hotel guests; they are just a quick hop, skip, and a jump away from the Paddington Railway Station, so they are keeping their doors open to the public as well. No bookings necessary, so let’s go check it out, the new Workshop Coffee in London, England.
As told to Sprudge by Richard Frazier.
For those who aren’t familiar, will you tell us about your company?
Workshop Coffee was established in 2011 and is dedicated to showcasing the best coffee possible.
To do this, we source, roast, and serve a rotating seasonal range of single origin coffees from the world’s best coffee producing countries, farmers, and producers.
Can you tell us a bit about the new space?
Workshop Coffee at The Pilgrm is our fifth central London coffeebar and is located less than 400 feet from Paddington Railway Station.
It’s nestled inside The Pilgrm, a 73-room boutique hotel, and we’ll be serving espresso and filter to locals, regulars, and hotel guests every day of the week. We’re also continuing our work with Postcard Teas—breakfast, green, and oolong teas will be available alongside viennoiserie from Yeast Bakery and baked goods from Fortitude Bakehouse, who we’ve just started working with.
The space itself has been lovingly and incredibly carefully restored and the details and features throughout the space—from the light fittings and radiators that have been reclaimed from old military gyms and psychiatric hospitals around the UK, to the North Atlantic stone marble and iron timber bar, and restored 300-year-old wooden staircase.
What’s your approach to coffee?
We start at the beginning, spending several months of each year at origin building ongoing relationships with the world’s best coffee farmers, producers, cooperatives, and importers.
Roasting the coffees we procure at our roastery in London’s Bethnal Green, we aim to unlock and highlight each coffee’s potential as best we can, employing a plethora of quality control stages to ensure everything that leaves us is up to the standards we set ourselves.
But the idea is that all of this hard work happens behind the scenes, away from the bar. When it comes to brewing and serving our coffee drinks, we do so carefully and consistently and are ready and willing to talk at length about a particular producer or processing method. But we’re equally happy, if not happier, to just make you a delicious cappuccino and hear what you’ve got planned for the day.
Any machines, coffees, special equipment lined up?
Alongside our two-group La Marzocco Linea PB and Nuova Simonelli Mythos One grinders for espresso, we’re continuing to champion batch brew. In fact, the nature of the space and the local area means it’s going to be our only filter option, which we’re excited about. Whether you’re a guest staying at The Pilgrm and heading out for a day of exploration in the West End or a commuter that’s turned up five minutes early for your train to Bath to get a good cup of coffee, the idea of being able to grab a clean, sweet, delicious coffee to take with you in seconds is superb.
As in all of our coffeebars, it’ll always be freshly brewed, with fresh pots hitting the bar every 30-60 minutes.
What’s your hopeful target opening date/month?
We’re opening on Monday 13th August at 07:00.
No, thank you.
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