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Address: 214 Baker St, London, England NW1 5RT (Cross street: Park Rd)
Neighbourhood: Marylebone (East)
Website: www.saintespresso.com
Coffee Third-wave coffee within commuting distance.

    
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Posted by:  Claire Storrow

I had an interesting conversation with someone recently where they referred to "hipster coffee" with a derisory tone. "What do you mean 'hipster' coffee?" I asked. "Oh you know, all that agonising over fresh beans, provenance, what temperature it is, what pressure you use..." they responded. "Oh, you mean 'good' coffee?" I said. Because there is this misconception that this is a hipster thing when really, this kind of love and attention to detail has been going on for decades. It's just one of many things that hipsters have "discovered" and to be fair, they have probably contributed to the evolution of coffee as we know it now. I don't have a problem with it, I would just rather people acknowledge that this means "good" coffee. Baker Street is a terrible place for a Londoner to find herself: hordes of tourists search for Benedict Cumberbatch; it is a boulevard of chain eateries with the odd independent hanging on for dear life. Thank god for Saint Espresso then, where I can get a decent cup of joe, before bracing myself to face the masses like a salmon trying to swim upstream. The day I went, they had Alchemy beans from Guatemala in the hopper. Hey, it's hip to be square when it comes to coffee.

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