Ok, so we know the drill when it comes to quirky Soho coffee shops; dimly lit, brick wall lined, air conditioning vents exposed, with marked up flat whites and carrot cake. So whenever we make it down to London to shoot, we’re always on the hunt for something a little different; something that’s truly unique for our coffee connoisseur taste buds (well, we like to think so anyway).
Enter Black Sheep Coffee, a little bit of a metaphorical slap in the face when it comes to your normal cup of Joe. Their slogan “leave the herd behind” should signify this better than anything. We stumbled upon it one quiet Sunday and upon entering immediately saw a fridge lined with what seemed like bottles of whiskey (it’s never too early right). On closer inspection they were actually little glass bottles of cold brew coffee. Hailed as the new coffee fad, cold brew is ground coffee painstakingly steeped in cold water and strained. They had two varieties on offer, a cold brew concentrate and a normal version sweetened with Agave. Now as we both have a sweet tooth (sweet teeth? no – that doesn’t sound right) we went for the sweetened version and we were pleasantly surprised. The cold brew was light and sweet with a much gentler coffee taste – you’re looking at two cold brew converts right here!
Not satisfied with just a cold brew, we thought we’d sample some of the hot coffee on offer too. Instead of opting for a usual flat white (most often our coffee of choice) we went for a bulletproof coffee. For those of you who haven’t heard of one of these before – prepare to have your life changed. Bulletproof coffee (or paleo coffee) is a mix of coffee, butter and oil. It’s become a bit of a new fad in the coffee world claiming to give you a longer energy hit and keep you feeling full. They say the caffeine combines with the fats in the butter and oil to slowly release its effects into the body over a longer period of time.
The Black Sheep Coffee bulletproof offering was the first we tried in London and we couldn’t argue with the taste. Made with organic coconut oil, the coffee was creamy, rich and went down way too easy. The energy hit was also like no other, leaving us feeling ready to run around with our cameras. They have a variety of other coffees and methods on offer including the V60 and Aeropress and they have a great Robusta blend – so there’s enough to satisfy the coffee connoisseur as well as pleasing the average coffee drinker. The décor of the building was also on point – hosting the customary brick walls and exposed vents, but also featuring an array of coffee artefacts that definitely drew the eye and created a cool atmosphere. Definitely check out Black Sheep Coffee if you’re ever in the Soho or Old Street area and check out their site here – you will not be disappointed.
Patches & Flash x