In four short years the Department of Coffee and Social Affairs has become a central player on London’s coffee circuit, spawning rave reviews and even a mini empire.
I’ve visited a few times (this time, finally, with my camera) and each time I’ve enjoyed excellent coffee. On this occasion it was a flat white.
The DoCaSA is the original in what is now a small chain of five coffee shops, all in North London, going under the name Department of Coffee. Earlier that day I visited one of the others, the tiny but excellent Chancery Coffee (another favourite of ours, but not yet on the blog), where I was led to understand that the Department will soon be roasting its own beans, to be served across the network.
Back to the popular HQ on Leather Lane, and I must admit, it’s not one of my absolute favourite London coffee shops. I think, simply, it’s a victim of its own success: a little too popular, leaving me feel a little rushed.
Despite not being the most relaxing place IMHO, it’s hard to fault, and highly recommended. While you’re in the area, try the excellent Prufrock, just a few steps down the road.
14 Leather Lane
We visited on 1 May 2014.