I am back! I’m really sorry it’s been a full five weeks without any new coffee for you all, but my kitchen is now restocked and we’re ready to rock and roll.
Today we’re going to be looking at another real life experience, the Camden Coffee Shop which is sort of like stepping back in time the moment you cross the threshold. There’s old scales, grinders and roasters all over the place (And I mean OLD. One of the roasters dates from around 1918), the beans out on display in big tubs with signs shoved in them like it was a market stall. In the back you can see all manner of coffee making equipment and old grinders in various states of disassembly. The scales used to weigh the bags look like they could have easily been made in the 1950s, requiring a separate weight to be added to them to balance out the beans to the correct weight.
Nestled in Delancey street, Camden, this unassuming little shop is home to a wide array of coffees, all out on display for your sensory delight thought sadly there were no beans being roasted that day. When I visited it a week or so ago there were around 12 different coffees on offer for an average price of about £5 for a 250g bag which is really quite reasonable indeed.
I can’t go into too much detail about the history of this particular roastery, sadly, as they have no web presence of their own though you can find details on Google with a number of reviews and pictures. What I do know, however, is that the current owner has run this teeny roastery for FORTY YEARS years after taking it over in 1978 from his uncle, who had already run it for who knows how long!
That kind of longevity is seriously impressive and speaks volumes for the quality of the product on offer if it’s able to survive in the face of rising competition as the new wave of roasters jostle for customers.
So what did I buy? After a nice chat with the owner about the sort of things I enjoy we settled on two. The Mountain Blend, and Santos Light. Below are pictures of the Santos Light as that’s what I currently have in the coffee maker.
The Mountain blend was….okay. A perfectly decent if slightly forgettable coffee. Fine in water, it was richer and more chocolatey in milk so I’d recommend it for latte/cappuccino rather than Americano style drinks.
The Santos Light, though, THAT is a whole other matter. This might actually challenge my all time favourite, the Granary Blend from Rounton. In water it’s nice, a little nutty and fruity, very easy to drink but initially nothing that would make me fall over myself to buy it again. That, however, all changed when it’s used for milk based drinks. From the moment you take a sip your mouth is filled with this gorgeously rich, nutty, chocolate flavour that’s just…sublime. Not a harsh note, not a hint of sharpness from first sip to last and when it cooled down a little it got even better
I cannot recommend this coffee highly enough and I look forward to trying it in my syphon filter as well. Really the only problem here is that if you want to sample this superb coffee then there’s no other way but to visit the shop for yourself to buy it!