In my never ending pursuit of good coffee (because let’s face it, being a full time nerd is tiring) I stumbled across The Black Lab Coffee House in Clapham. A close friend of mine, who also happens to be a coffee nut, stopped in London for a weekend visit and I decided we should try out new coffee place.
The Black Lab is conveniently located steps from Clapham Common station in South West London. It’s a small, cozy place with minimal seating but plenty of delicious baked treats and impressive sandwiches. We noticed AeroPress coffee makers in the window and as I’ve never had AeroPress coffee before, I was eager to try it out. The premise is simple: the coffee is air compressed. The claim is that coffee brewed this way is less acidic, has a shorter brewing time (approximately 30 seconds) and has the same strength as espresso. The flavour and texture of the coffee is divine, it’s definitely much smoother. We had two different flavours brewed so we could share and both coffees were amazing. Our coffee was served in cute little beakers. I’ve included a video showing the regular and inverted process of the Aeropress:
I’m not a black coffee drinker but I was able to have a little of this before giving in and adding milk. If you’re not normally a black coffee fan, this is the way to go if you’re thinking of trying it. We also ordered something to eat; I had a pumpkin, feta and greens sandwich drizzled with balsamic, which was pretty good. My friend had oatmeal with fresh fruit and cream and really enjoyed it. They have a decent selection of pastries and fresh sandwiches. AeroPressed coffee costs £2.80 and my sandwich cost £4.95, not an unreasonable amount for lunch in London. Yes, they have wifi and they also sell AeroPresses, fresh ground coffee and other types of coffee makers on site. The staff are well versed in coffee brewing, friendly and avid coffee lovers. If you’re a coffee aficionado, looking for a place to chat over a cup with a friend or have a coffee while getting a little work done, this is a great little gem in the South. Don’t pass it up. I will definitely be back here.
Address: 18 Clapham Common Southside, London SW4 7AB, England
Hours: Mon – Fri 7:30 – 17:30/Sat – Sun 9:00 – 17:00
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