Whilst the internet, twitter and mobile apps provide an endless list of places to visit in London, I still love a good guide book. All the information you need carefully edited into a few hundred pages for your browsing pleasure. I have a growing collection filling my bookshelves but surprisingly a guide to the city’s independent cafes wasn’t one of them. So when the publishers behind The London Coffee Guide invited me down to the launch of the latest edition at the London Coffee Festival, I was more than happy to pop down and get my hands on a copy.
I got chatting to one of the editors, Guy Simpson, as you’d expect a coffee enthusiast. He went through some of the highlights of the book, the new (and in some cases unusual) cafes added to the colourful 2013 version.
I was impressed. 130 independent coffee venues, split into all the different areas of London with a handy fold out map at the back.
Each cafe has a short review, a rating, the roaster, the coffee machine and grinder they use, the coffee prices, together with all the information you need to help you decide whether it’s worth a visit.
Their review of Association Coffee was pretty spot on.
The best addition to this version has to be the coffee knowledge section. I’ve been keen to know a bit more about the drink I enjoy so much and this section explains more about the coffee origins, small batch roasting, how to recognise different tastes (cupping to the pros) and a bit about brewing coffee at home. Hopefully after reading it a couple of times I’ll be able to remember enough so that I can understand more about each cup of coffee that reaches my tastebuds.
If you’re a coffee lover keen to know more about coffee this is a great book. It’d make a pretty good gift too. It’s £9.99 and you can buy it on the site, Amazon and in Waterstones. I think you can also pick up copies in some of the cafes features in the book.
They also launched an iPhone app, you can download that here.
Do you like a good London guide book? Or do you prefer to use the internet and mobile apps?
Allegra Publishers kindly gave me a complimentary copy, as ever all opinions are my own.