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The coffee snob’s guide to Victoria

Know your mocha from your macchiato? Then you’ll love our guide to the best beans in SW1

Ole & Steen

We all know the Danes make a mean pastry, but it turns out they’re just as serious about their coffee. Copenhagen bakery Ole & Steen serves coffee sourced from single estate farms in Brazil, India and Colombia, and their staff are all trained to the highest standards at their  in-house coffee academy (yes, really!). We recommend starting the day with a cappuccino and one of their signature Cinnamon Swirls of course!

Ole & Steen, Nova food, 1 Sir Simon Milton Square, SW1E 5DJ;



If you love nothing more than waking up to the smell of coffee wafting from your own kitchen, then you’d better make sure you have the best possible means of making it. Pop into the shiny new Nespresso Boutique at Cardinal Place to peruse a range of state-of-the-art machines and stock up on the finest coffee pods money can buy. Our pick is the new Lattissima Touch which makes the perfect milky coffee with its clever one-touch system.

From £279, Nespresso Boutique, 94 Victoria Street, Cardinal Place, SW1E 5JL;


Iris & June

This popular independent cafe has one mantra when it comes to coffee: ‘make it awesome’. And with beans sourced at origin and roasted in small batches by London-based Ozone Coffee Roasters, it’s pretty awesome stuff indeed. Our pick? A classic latte. Expertly made and beautifully presented.

Iris & June, 1 Howick Place, SW1P 1WG;


Coco di Mama

The Italian concept cafe Coco di Mama keeps the best elements of Italian coffee and updates them using the latest technology and brewing methods. If you fancy winning unlimited Allpress coffee for an entire week, Coco di Mama Victoria is currently running a competition where one lucky coffee fan (and a friend) will win unlimited coffee for seven days. All you need to do is post a picture of your Coco coffee using #cococoffeefordays and tag Coco di Mama and a friend. The winner will be announced every Monday.

Coco di Mama, 139 Victoria Street, SW1E 6RD;


Sourced Market

If you like your coffee with a bespoke touch, then head to Sourced Market – a cafe and deli which specialises in the finest artisanal produce. Choose from a rotating selection of beans from independent roasters that the Sourced team will then grind to order. We recommend the house espresso, which is sourced and roasted in Cornwall from Origin Coffee Roasters.

Sourced Market, Nova Food, 85 Buckingham Palace Road, Nova Food, SW1W 0AJ;


The Roasting

Looking to change up your morning coffee order? This Pimlico institution offers the classics but also specialises in some funky flavours. We recommend trying their ‘pistaccio’ or ‘amaretto’ coffee for that little extra kick. The Roasting also pride themselves on being pioneers of fair and ethical produce and guarantee the perfect cup every time.

The Roasting, 31 Churton Street, SW1V 2LY;


Timmy Green

As purveyors of the all-day brunch, it’s only natural that the Australians know a thing or two about making great coffee. Pop into Aussie-inspired cafe Timmy Green for your next caffeine hit – whether it’s a punchy espresso (from a blend created exclusively for Timmy Green by The Roasting Party), a flat white or – for something a little different – try their  uber-trendy turmeric latte.

Timmy Green, Nova Food, 11 Buckingham Palace Rd, Nova Food, SW1E 5DJ;


Coffee Geek and Friends

As their name suggests, the folks at Coffee Geek and Friends are unashamedly nerdy when it comes to coffee. The ‘Geeks’ are also hot on sustainability. So much so that this month the team has introduced an initiative where, for every purchase of a Coffee Geek and Friends branded reusable keep cup, they’ll provide you with a complimentary hot beverage of your choice. What’s more, every time you bring any reusable cup in, they’ll knock 10p off your drink order.

Coffee Geek and Friends, 22 Cardinal Place, 6 Cathedral Walk, SW1E 5JH;



Notes is the kind of place where you can start the day with a macchiato and end it with an espresso martini. This speciality coffee roastery is not only for the caffeine aficionados, they also happen to make one of the best chai latte’s in SW1. For those wishing to recreate the Notes experience at home, they even offer a subscription service of single origin coffee beans delivered straight to your door.

Notes, Nova Food, 10 Sir Simon Milton Square SW1E 5DJ;