The Sensory Lab, 75 Wigmore Street, W1U 1QD
I feel a special post was owed to the fab guys at The Sensory Lab. In the centre of London, a stones throw from Bond Street on Wigmore Street, you'll find this gem of a coffee shop. I discovered this from the London Coffee Guide - an excellent source if you are into your coffee beyond Starbucks, Caffe Nero etc - and popped in one afternoon for a cappuccino.
The choice of drinks is simple, but they put a lot of effort into getting it right. There are maybe 15 seats max in the window and round the edges but you're there for the coffee, not to curl up on the sofa for hours. There are a few nibbles along the usual lines of muffins etc too.
Milk is heated to around 62 degrees to ensure the proteins are not damaged. A straight black coffee involved weighing of the beans, the ground product and water heated to a specific temperature. Hot coffee does not, after all, do anything for the palate.
I asked what they were up to with the water system - all very advanced - and soon got into a conversation that led to full training on how to use my new coffee grinder (instructions in Japanese!) works as well as cleaning directions and referral to a website for future help, fab!
If you are into coffee, if you're not and want to try, whatever you're stance i am sure these guys could get you addicted. Well done to their efforts.