A review of Kaffeine in Fitzrovia, Central London, by a digital nomad looking for good coffee and remote work options.
Just a turn off of the tourist tunnel of Oxford Street and the Fritzrovia district unveils its true charcter in the rows multi-story townhouses that housed the gentry class of the Victorian Era. The streetside storefronts are now boutiques, trendy restaurants, and an increasing number of cafes.
Kaffeine is one of the earliest caffine pit stops for this throbbing country. In fact, it’s more than a coffee stop — it’s also a popular lunch spot for the hungry office workers.
Kaffeine has limited seating for remote work (and no Wi-Fi and plugs). The counter faces a long table; the window seats are squeezed and the back seating has only coffee tables that are better suited for meetings than laptops. Personally, I would reserve this place for coffee catch ups. If you have a WiFi egg, fully charged laptop, and headphones, and thrive on energy, this is a good place to set up a discrete work corner.
I arrived on a weekday around 11am and only a few seats were left at the long bar table and windows. Most of the visitors seemed to be having business meetings. By the time I sat down, there was a lineup. The reason was no surprise: the freshly made salads and sandwiches were mouthwatering even though I had just eaten breakfast.
When I went, Kaffeine served Coffee Collective beans fron Denmark (but their website says they serve Square Mile coffee) but I get the impression that they rotate their featured roasters. I ordered a cappuccino, which was pulled well and had well frothed milk (slightly under my preferred temperature). I admit, I’m not sure why it is hailed as the best cafe in central London, but perhaps that is up to preference.
Their Story / What I like About Them:
Opened in 2009, Kaffeine is the prosperous Australian coffee culture flowing back from the former Commonwealth outpost back to the British Isles. As such, Flat White fans will find their beloved drink on their menu. In fact, I have a particular fondness for places that take stances on their drink ratios. Kaffeine has the sizes on their website (I quote):
- Flat whites and Long Blacks are served in a 5 oz cup
- Cafe Latte are served in 7.7 oz glass
- Cappuccino, Americanos and Hot Chocolates are served in an 6 oz cup
After I got my drink, I people watched by the window for a good hour or so, squeezing into a corner when two other lunchers needed the counter space more than I did. But my favourite place in the cafe, perhaps as an introvert, was the basement, where I could study the coffee flavour descriptions framed on the wall and learn a bit more about this brown elixir that has the entire world addicted.
- Coffee: Espresso, pour-over
- Food: Lunch salads, baked goods, sandwiches
- Cafe Space: Approx 30 people, but a tight squeeze
- Friends: Hangouts, meal
- Workspace: Long table on bar stools, back seating with coffee tables, and a window seats; outside bench.
- Remote Work: No WiFi or plugs
|Address:||66 Great Titchfield Street London W1W 7QJ|
If you liked this post, check out my coffee walk through Soho and Fritzrovia!