Six of the best… gourmet coffees
Beany Green4 Sheldon Square, W2 6EZ
On the canal side of Sheldon Square, Beany Green brings the best of Australian coffee culture to Paddington. It’s open from 7am every Monday to Friday, so it’s a great place to grab the first coffee of the day on the way in to the office. Enjoy the Exclusive Beany Green Espresso Blend as a flavoursome espresso, rich Americano, classic antipodean flat white, and everything in between. If you pop back in the evening, you can even find it in the espresso martini.
Store St Espresso2 Kingdom Street, W2 6BD
Serving up killer coffees and brilliant brunches, this cool Kingdom Street coffee bar is fast becoming a favourite with campus residents. Beans are sourced from Square Mile, but there’s a changing selection of guest coffees from all around the world too. They make a mean matcha green tea and there’s a wide selection of regular and fruit teas, as well as tempting pastries and wholesome sandwiches.
Kioskafé31 Norfolk Place, W2 1QH
A collaboration between the folks behind Monocle and the Kiwi coffee guys at Allpress, Kioskafé is both a newsstand and a coffee bar. A recent addition to Paddington, Kioskafé is a celebration of print media, putting quality articles and high-end design front and centre. As well as stocking the best magazines from around the world, Kioskafé also serves delicious Allpress coffee and stocks essentials for those travellers among its clientele: toiletries, hair products and other little luxuries.
If you’re passing through Paddington Station, keep an eye out for a lovely old vintage Citroen H van peddling quality coffee served by trained baristas and freshly baked cakes from their own bakery. That’s the folks at Colicci doing their thing – the same thing they’ve been doing since 1982, when Ernie and Josephine Colicci began operating an ice cream van around parks in London. They serve incredible coffee and the staff are upbeat and friendly, even on the earliest mornings.
CanDo CoffeePaddington Station
Found on the towpath of the Paddington Basin branch of Regent’s Canal (look out for a modest black trailer), CanDo Coffee is a social enterprise that gets disadvantaged people into the workforce by training and employing them. That’s a great thing in and of itself of course, but they also serve a fantastic cup of coffee. CanDo uses an espresso blend supplied by Monmouth including beans from Brazil, Colombia and Guatemala that will get your day off to a great start. And rest assured, every ingredient is ethically sourced.
KuPPMerchant Square, W2 1AS
Have you ever heard of the Swedish concept ‘fika’? The people at KuPP certainly have and they’re sharing it with as many Londoners as possible. It means ‘to have coffee’, but it’s more than just a coffee break. Traditionally, Swedes grab a tasty baked item to go with their hot drink and take a few moments to stop working and fully relax. KuPP gets its beans from Mercanta, a company specialising in high-quality ethically sourced coffee. Try the delicious Brazilian or Colombian blends as an espresso, flat white or Americano. Pair it with a cinnamon roll, custard and raisin braid or apple turnover.