I arrive at TAP Coffee at exactly noon. It is a Sunday and they had just opened the door, so I am their first customer. Unusually for me, I order a cappuccino, something Kenny would get. I always have my coffee black and his white so we have one of each to photograph.
The café itself is simple and almost unadorned. Old wooden tables and chairs; a chandelier that makes the place cosier rather than distant. The effect is relaxing, happily so.
My coffee soon arrives and I take a sip. The foam is silky smooth and the temperature is just right. Why aren’t all cappuccinos like this?
The flavour is a little fruity, while its nutty aroma is a promise that their other coffees will be as good, if not better. With this in mind, I order another coffee, a single origin Yirgacheffe filter, with my fingers crossed.
While waiting for my second cup, I reflect on my coffee adventures with Kenny, how I will usually be responsible for taking pictures so he would have to chat up the baristas and café owners to learn more about what they do.
This round, it’s only me; so I have to thicken my skin and go talk to the barista who is brewing my Yirgacheffe. He tells me their espresso is a blend of beans from Rwanda and Brazil. That explains my cappuccino’s taste and aroma.
Finally my Yirgacheffe is ready, and it does not disappoint. Lightly floral and slightly acidic; not unlike drinking tea, which is something I enjoy.
I would have stayed all afternoon but soon the café fills up with other customers beginning their late Sunday. I am sorry to leave but hope to return, with Kenny in tow, in the future. I say thank you to the barista, and a see-you-again.
TAP Coffee London
193 Wardour St, London W1F 8ZF, United Kingdom
Mon-Fri 8am-7pm / Sat 10am-6pm / Sun 12pm-6pm