Best Alternatives To Your Morning Coffee

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Latte from Pret? Cappuccino from Starbucks? Coffee doesn’t have to be this boring. Here are four infinitely superior options to get you through the week.

Meia de Leite
Meia de leite is Portugese for “half milk”; it’s the latte’s punchier, shorter brother, with a coffee/milk ratio of 1:1. For your meia, seek out Vida e Caffè: it’s technically part of a small chain (there are three outposts in London, the rest are in South Africa), but there’s a pleasant Vida outpost in Soho. Order it strong (a “mucho”) for a big boost/small heart attack.

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Vida e Caffè, 37 Golden Square, W1F 9LB

In coffee-speak, the stumpy, a Fernandez & Wells speciality, is a triple-ristretto with textured milk. At 6oz it’s a small, velvety smooth drink, with just the right balance of coffee and milk. It’s a visual treat as well – the stumpy is served in a glass, not a cup, and topped with some masterful latte art.

Fernandez & Wells, 73 Beak Street, W1F 9SR

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Cold Brew
Now a staple drink during the baking New York summer, Cold Brew coffee is just starting to make its mark in London. As its name suggests, Cold Brew is prepared using specialist equipment that slowly drips cold water over a bed of ground coffee; the whole process takes five hours to complete.

The resulting coffee is super concentrated but smooth, and far less acidic than more traditional brews.

For your Cold Brew fix this summer, head to Prufrock Coffee just off Hatton Garden. If however you’re after a fruitier iced coffee, head to Kaffeine who serve their own unique Cold Brew. They combine the dried berries of the coffee plant with a reduction of watermelon, apple, lime, chilli and cardamom.

This deliciously fruity mixture is then topped with cold sparkling water, making it a perfect caffeine fix on a hot day.

Prufrock Coffee, 23-25 Leather Lane, EC1N 7TE, Kaffeine, 66 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7QJ

Derived from barista competition signature drinks this 1&1 is Espresso Room’s original drinking experience, and comes in three seperate cups.

The first is a shot of tonic water; this cleanses the palate and strongly enhances acidity and sweetness of the second cup, a shot of espresso.

Lastly, the experience is rounded off with a piccolo (shot of espresso with steamed milk) for that final kick. Think of it as the monday morning, socially acceptable equivelant of a tequila slammer.

The Espresso Room, 31-35 Great Ormond Street, WC1N 3HZ

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