By Koray Hussein
I’m going to start off by saying something I wholeheartedly believe: Every coffee fan needs to get down to Soho’s Algerian Coffee Stores.
It may not be the kind of coffee shop that you can walk in and order a half fat, soy milk jochamochalatté but (in my opinion at least) it serves up some of the very best coffee beans that London has to offer, not to mention the chocolates, biscuits, jams and… chocolate covered coffee beans.
I can’t think of a word to describe just how much I love those damn coffee beans so I’ve done a quick search for a .gif that accurately portrays the facial expression I pulled when I locked eyes on them…
These bad boys are easily my favourite thing on offer at the ACS as they are just so bloody tasty. I actually have to stop myself from thinking of ways to eat them and full on scorned myself when the idea of dropping a few (read: a handful or four) into a bowl of coconut ice cream came into my head.
But let’s get on to what the Algerian Coffee Stores is all about…
I used to work in a college in Soho, right around the corner from the ACS, so I naturally found myself popping in quite regularly on my lunch breaks to look over all the different types of coffee they had on the shelves. These guys have something for every coffee lover with beans hailing from Jamaica to Colombia to Vietnam to Italy to… well, you get the picture. There’s just so much choice that actually deciding on what beans to go for is a properly difficult decision, but then again, I’ve always been a little indecisive.
[If you’re anything like me, just ask the guys behind the counter to recommend some different beans to try out. They’ll let you smell all the different types they recommend and I’m yet to be disappointed by any of their choices]
I’ll direct my summary at three sets of people…
If you enjoy making a gorgeous espresso at home then grab your Oyster card and get your arse down to Soho. You will not regret visiting these guys for a second… well maybe your bank balance will after you’ve purchased your hundredth bag of coffee.
If you’d much rather make a Nescafé or pop into Starbucks on your way to work then I feel bad for you son. I’ve bought 99 coffees but Nescafé ain’t one. (Just take the plung and get an espresso machine! They’re not even that expensive)
And finally, if you don’t like coffee at all then umm, they have teas too.