In headline news for Melburnians in London and lovers of coffee generally, the famed Melbourne coffee shop, St Ali, has opened a London out post. Located in Farringdon, just at the corner of Clerkenwell road and St John street, St Ali is joining the increasing flood of cool new eateries in the area. The cafe is very “Melbourne” from the slick space, obsessive coffee focus, coffee art and complimentary water and newspapers.
The front window at St Ali
This space looks amazing with a huge roasting machine towering over a large wooden island bench where the baristas are at work and a living wall of plants lining one wall. I almost felt cooler just by being there. Crucially though, the coffee was great.
The roasting machine dominates the rear of the shop
I tried the house blend “champion” in a latte (£2.50). It is blended from three coffees (on my visit 60 per cent Brazillian, 30 per cent Guatemalan and 10 per cent Rwandan) to create a heart-stopping caffeine hit. For serious coffee connisseurs St Ali also serves coffee in different styles such as siphoned and aero pressed. However you go about your coffee, it is roasted, blended and cupped (tasted) at St Ali and the love and attention shows in the finished brew. My coffee had a slightly wonky coffee art leaf pattern but it was temperate, strong and delivered on taste.
St Ali also does food with a plate full of fat brownies and blondies (£2 each) sitting on the counter and a menu which offers breakfast and more substantial options as well. My dark chocolate brownie was a monster and while slightly drier than I usually prefer my brownies it went well with the bitterness of the coffee. I didn’t get to try out any more of the menu on this visit as I was on my way to dinner, but I will be back for the scrambled eggs with Forman and Son smoked salmon (£8) and the amazing sounding breakfast bruschetta (£8).
Welcome to London St Ali, I am pretty excited about your arrival.
The brownies and blondies
Details: St Ali, 27 Clerkenwell Road, Farringdon EC1M 5RN (Ph 07780 112631) Tube: Farringdon
I can’t really rate the food but will give the coffee a 9/10
The living wall at the rear of the shop
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