Whilst having a little explore around Shoreditch (in particular my favourite road, Rivington Street), I decided it was time to go refuel with a decent cup of coffee. Having held back on coffee during my fabulous breakfast at Hoi Palloi I thought now could be as good a time as any to restart my search for London’s best coffee house.
Having recently looked up a few viable options, I settled on Ozone.
Upon arriving, the first thing I noticed was how busy it was – always a positive sign. Despite this, the waitress was soon able to find us a seat downstairs on a shared trestle table. The decor was simple, stripped-back with exposed brickwork and weathered tables. The atmosphere was buzzing and the seating comfortable. Little touches such as hand-painted signs and potted plants alluded to the fact that someone obviously spent a lot of time designing this space. The best bit was the coffee roaster located in the lower floor. This much loved and well used machine was surrounded by hessian sacks full of coffee beans just waiting to be roasted.
We ordered a round of different types of coffee all from the single origin Colombian bean, Inca El Jardin. I was reliably informed by the waitress that this was meticulously picked, washed and then sun dried on raised beds, was picked for its clean, sweet and bright with flavour complexity that rivals the best speciality Colombian micro lots.
Now whilst I couldn’t necessarily pick out all the flavours, it was agreed around the table that it was a delicious and well balanced coffee that did not have any sharp or acidic overtones but had a nice citrus finish. Yum.
As well as the coffee, we couldn’t help but indulge in some sweet treats and ended up sharing a chocolate brownie and a bread and butter pudding. Both had a lovely velvety texture and hit the spot nicely!
While I can’t say for sure whether Ozone rates as London’s best, and let’s face it there is a lot of competition, I can say that it was one of East London’s finest. It is well worth a visit should you be in Shoreditch and fancy a cuppa!