Currently a sort of newsagent counter set-up, it’s a curious configuration. There’s a warmer cabinet with pies and pastries and some drinks and crisps, but the window display showcases solely coffee and tea, many of which have descriptions in Cyrillic script.
As well as Italian roast from Vinci, which I tried on my last visit – it was as well made a dark roast espresso as I’ve had in the city – sits coffee from Coffee Boutique. The beans for this are apparently bought in Germany, shipped to Ukraine for roasting, then delivered to the shop. Weird.
I had an espresso and I’m pleased to report it was very good. The owner says it’s still a work in progress both in terms of the roasting and the preparation in the machine, but it struck me as well on the way to being a really good product.
For the princely sum of £1.49 for a double shot this is one of the more interesting and high value coffees in the city. It will be very intriguing to see how things develop and how the shop gets on when it finally puts up some signage.
It’s a slightly odd location, just over the road from Al Dente, but what they’re currently serving deserves to find an audience.