As one of the city's first generation of new coffee roasters, Monmouth has inspired Londoners since opening its doors in 1978. From a small cafe in Convent Garden (pictured), Monmouth roasted some of the world's best coffees using a small UNO and finally a 1930s Whitmee. Since then, this pioneer of an ethical roast has earned a loyal following. Come rain or shine, you can find its devotees patiently queued to get their daily fix at its original Monmouth Street store or opposite London's Borough market. The secret of its success? Staying true to its values - it works with single farms, estates and co-operatives to source the best coffee (while all the time investing in and understanding its providence ) and consistently delivering the best coffee in London. Try the Monmouth Expresso for a shot of toasted almonds or Fazenda Feijom for caramel sweetness and yellow cherry flavours. You can still sample their latest blends at Spa Terminus - home to its new roaster, before purchasing beans to take home.
Locations: Convent Garden 27 Monmouth Street, London WC2H 9EU; The Borough 2 Park Street, London SE1 9AB (opposite London Borough Market); Spa Terminus, Arch 3 Spa North (Between Dockley Road and Spa Road), SE16 4RP
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