Best Coffee was a category that almost couldn’t have existed in Kentish Town three years ago. Even last year the late arrival of Arancini really helped things along, with both newcomers and old favourites neck and neck.
So, in our new, coffee-rich postcode, who just missed out in 2012? Doppio Cafe, at #4, an excellent Italian warehouse and caff which has expanded its loungey seating area these last few months (but please – get that WiFi sorted!) Teeny Houspresso, opposite Gospel Oak station, and The Wine Cellar were joint #5, both cosy haunts for a more than decent cup if you’re in need of a caffeine fix in their respective parts of town.
Others that received votes were Kentish Canteen, Ginger & White, Renoir and Map Studio Cafe, although one respondent said of the latter: ‘Actually don’t know if this is the best coffee, but I like the atmosphere.’ Spot on; the coffee radically needs a rethink. Sadly, no votes for E.Mono-offshoot Mike, or even Mario’s: come on people, that one’s a classic. Plenty of votes too for Costa and Pret. Really. And finally, one reader’s tip for a home brew? ‘Poundstretcher on Kentish Town Road do extra large Kenco for £4 which lasts ages!’
Tomorrow: Best Breakfast