VISIT CLIMPSON AND SONS FOR DELICIOUS SPECIALTY COFFEE
Climpson and Sons sources their coffee from around the world – Ethiopia, Brazil, Burundi, Kenya, and Colombia. Their flavour profiles range from dark chocolate and hazelnut to rhubarb and baked apple. You can visit their Broadway Market café or the Spitalfields Market coffee bar daily and the coffee cart at the Saturday market at Broadway Market, or take an appointment to visit their Hackney roastery and academy.
Climpson and Sons, 67 Broadway Market, London E8 4PH. Phone: 020 7254 7199; Pod 3 by Commercial Street, Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6EW.
Climpson and Sons source and roast some of the best coffees from around the world. That should be reason enough to visit their café on Broadway Market. The small space has a tendency to be elbow-to-elbow even on weekdays with people popping in to get coffee to-go just before work, during lunch, or as an evening picker-upper.
It’s open daily, and weekends are usually a whole different ball-game, with queues snaking out the door. The service is quick, the coffee is excellent, and if you are lucky, you might get a chance to sit on a bench with your coffee and a newspaper. Even on Saturdays, when it has a stall at the weekly market, the café is always full – come rain or shine.
Climpson were part of the first wave of specialty coffee roasters in the capital. They set up shop in 2002, and from a small stall in the weekend market they have grown to supply coffee to multitudes of cafés around the city, run a coffee academy (workshops, barista skills), their cosy café in Broadway Market, a pod at Spitalfields market, and retail coffee, coffee-making equipment as well as merchandise. The coffee – sourced from around the world – is roasted at their roastery in Hackney.
On a lark one weekend, I decided to deviate from my usual Americano-no-sugar to a soy latte-one-cube-of-sugar-please, and my world turned to technicolour. It has quickly become a habit that I only tend to indulge at Climpson, for fear that I might be disappointed elsewhere.
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