Award for Coffee of the Year!!

Every so often on Cimbing-Moss we tell you about those little Coffee Shops & Bubble Tea Stores that we have found in and around London, that we visited while on our travels and we tell you which we like and which we don’t, in 2021 we have posted 10 ‘Coffee Shop Posts’ (Including Bubble Tea) and reviewed 34 Coffee shops and this is just a round up of what we consider the best of the year.

Let’s go Coffee First and then Bubble Tea and we’ll run through Chronologically, so first off:

Ole & Steen in Canary Wharf

This was a really nice cup of Mocha, but boy do you pay for it, at about £9 for 2 drinks it was good but not worth going back to.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Aroma in Clapton High St

Somewhere a bit out of our way but if we ever find ourselves back there this is probably the best option for Clapton.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Neighbourhood Organic – Kentish Town

This large shop with the vast selection of food and had good coffee in large cups and was hot too, but the food was too expensive to try, so we would go back for coffee but not the food.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Downhills Park Café N17

This café in the middle of a park claims to be the best coffee shop in London, we doubt that, but the Iced Mocha’s on a really nice, hot day were superb and should we end up back in the middle of N17 we would test out the rest that this place has to offer.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Colicci – St. James’ Park

This didn’t look like it was going to be good, but clearly don’t judge a book, the Art Deco Kiosk and the nice Russian Barista presented us with 2 of the best coffees of the year, it was truly delicious and highly recommended.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The Larder (Walthamstow Wetlands)

Lovely staff, a great building and in the middle of nature, just don’t go in the gift shop next door they are horrible people, just stick with The Larder and lovely coffees.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Park Life Cafe – Britannia Leisure Centre.

We found it, we found it!! The only Leisure Centre with decent coffee, granted this was the opening weeks and we haven’t been back to the area, so it may not still be as great, but we are hoping that the great coffee is still available!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Organico – Broadway Market – E8

Another of those places you don’t hold out much hope for good coffee, many of the bars and cafés in the London Fields area tend towards the Clerkenwell philosophy of coffee – thimbles of burnt froth, but this Organic shop with a little coffee machine is a delightful exception and one we have returned to since.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Raoul’s Deli – Maida Vale – W9

Another of those cafés we found while out of our usual neighbourhoods and one we would eagerly go out of our way again just for another coffee, this is up there for coffee of the year!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The Orangery – Kew Gardens

An unusual location but if you are in Kew Gardens looking at the flora, then make sure to stop off at The Orangery rather than any of the other restrurants in the park for a coffee it’s superb, liquid chocolate and gooood coffee!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Abraço N4

One of the only options (if you don’t want Costa!) in Harringay, Abraço is great and there is a nice atmosphere and helpful staff, we have been in a few times since.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Triple Two (Drummond St W1)

This is another contender for the best coffee of the year, we were pleasantly surprised by this little shop in Drummond St and another we are eager to return to.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

And Finally… As we haven’t done a post since the beginning of the month we wanted to just add this.

Elie’s Café – Camden Rd

We wanted to add another little shop to the list and because we aren’t going to do another full post until January, we wanted to add this little surprise to the list of best places to try. Elie’s looks like a workman’s cafe, rather than a coffee shop from the outside, but inside it’s smoothies and organics, Elie herself served us and was eager to help with allergies and suggestions and the coffee was d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s!! We will have to return and try the food some time soon!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.


There have been a few Bubble Teas tested out this year and like the coffee with a variety of success, some were good and some were bad, but there are only 2 we would recommend.

Bubble Station – Camden

A Good variety of milks and a large selection of flavours, just check the totals they have a tendency to over charge! The drinks weren’t too sickly sweet either unlike some of the others in the area!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Lily Jasmine – Camden Passage

This wins the award for the best Bubble Tea Shop in London for 2021, It’s just a shame it is only open a few days a week. That being said if we are in the area we will always visit the little shop, even just to stare longingly through the closed window/door. Bubble Tea over Coffee!!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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