Nude Espresso, London

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It’s my last day in London, and my friends have invited me out for a Michelin-starred meal. After our lunch, I look at my watch and see that I still have some time before I have to catch my plane.

Dr. Mouse suggested that we adjourn to a café nearby so that we could have afternoon tea. (This is England, after all.) He should have known better though; it’s not tea I’m after. (This blog is called “Coffee for Beginners”, after all.)

I flip through the pages of café research that Kenny gave me and discover a café called Nude Espresso not too far from the restaurant. It is just brisk stroll away. Hurrah!

The café is as “naked” as its name suggests; the décor is unpretentious, with only a few simple Christmas ornaments as a nod to the season. However, the place is popular, swarming with folks sipping on their coffees.

I order an Aeropress-brewed Kenya while my two friends order themselves a mocha and a cappuccino. My brew arrives on a tray, complete with cup and timer. The timer is set for five minutes, after which I’m to pour the coffee, or so my barista informs me.

Hmm. Wouldn’t five minutes be too long to let it brew? Would the cup not be too bold and bitter? I’d prefer to stop at three and a half minutes but in London do as the English baristas do. I listen to him and am glad I did; the resultant coffee is aromatic and the right level of acidity that I love. What a beautiful cup, what a surprise!

My friends are very happy with their coffees too, and we order another round. A little googling reveals that Nude Espresso had won the Independent Café of the Year UK in 2010 and 2013 as awarded by the Café Society.

No wonder the coffee is so good. Before we left, I purchase two bags of beans to bring to Kuala Lumpur, one as a gift and one, naturally, for Kenny and me, to brew at home and for us to share, sipping slowly.

在距離餐館不遠處還真的有一家叫Nude Espresso咖啡館,

才發現原來Nude Espresso曾於2010和2013年獲得了由Café Society頒發的Winner of Independent Café of the Year UK

Nude Espresso
26 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR, UK
Mon-Fri 7am-6pm / Sat-Sun 9.30am-6pm

Kenny is a writer. CK is a photographer. Together they café-hop around the world and have contributed to The Malay Mail Online, Time Out, and other cool publications. Read more of Kenny’s stories at Life for Beginners and check out CK’s photography at Devil's Tales 胡思亂想.

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