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REVIEW: Origin Coffee Roasters, Shoreditch

REVIEW: Origin Coffee Roasters, Shoreditch

WHAT? It’s not hard to find Origin Coffee Roasters on Charlotte Road; simply follow the busy hum of the brewing equipment and the inviting scent of strong coffee beans (the technicolour graffiti covering the feature wall helps, too).

A curation of the very best coffee makes this Shoreditch stalwart stand out, from delicious mainstay espresso blends to regularly rotating single origin filter coffees.

WHY GO? It’s not just about dropping in for a flat white and avo on toast (though theirs is silky smooth, and the avocados perfectly ripe). A quick chat with staff reveals their support of direct trade sourcing from farmers, not to mention a passionate description of Origin’s very own roastery in Helston, Cornwall.

The Shoreditch outpost boasts a cavernous training lab full of shiny toys for staff education and workshops, ability levels ranging from ‘Enthusiast’ to ‘Professional’. Online, there’s a huge array of equipment and ever-changing coffee subscriptions to help you find the perfect brew.

Locals drop in daily for freshly baked croissants stuffed with bacon and charcuterie, handmade sausage rolls, chocolate brownies, muffins and granola, but of course, it’s the coffee that’s the real draw. Tea drinkers are well catered to, and there’s cold brew from Sandows (who Origin roasts for), but really, you should get stuck into that week’s featured blend, with beautiful artwork and enthusiastic recommendations from smiling staff.

Why not try the Pathfinder, hailing from Rwanda with flavours of cherry, sugarcane and papaya, or Resolute, taking in milk chocolate, caramel and berries all the way from Colombia, Nicaragua and El Salvador, bringing together direct trade relationships in new and beautiful ways.

For coffee lovers, every trip here is truly an adventure – we’ll be back to explore time and again.

DETAILS: 65 Charlotte Rd, London EC2A 3PE /

Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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