Taylor St Baristas (not on Taylor St) has been around for years. It now has six branches, so it only just merits a place on this blog about indie coffee shops.
The branch I went to was the original: on New Street, near Liverpool Street. It is popular spot for local suits on their weekday lunch breaks, not to mention coffee fans around the capital and beyond.
Though not particularly charming or characterful, it’s all about the coffee. Coffee-heads can even check out the make of the coffee grinder on the website, if that sort of thing is of interest (happy to admit it’s not of interest to me).
The beans come from well-regarded London roastery Union Handroasted. My friend and I each had a flat white, which were superb. We sat on two of the very limited number of seats… it really is a tiny place, ideal for take-away, not good for lingering.
Afterwards we had a brief chat with a friendly and knowledgeable barista (pictured, above) over an espresso. The other guy was a bit grumpy, not exactly adding to already muted atmosphere.
Taylor St is a solid choice for excellent coffee, though it’s not a place with bags of soul.
The sign says “for serious coffee drinkers”, and, in more ways than one, that about sums it up.
Also at Bank, Shoreditch, Mayfair, Richmond and Brighton.
1A New Street
We visited on 10 April 2011.