Curators takes its coffee and its design seriously, which makes it perfect for me. The Gallery's decor combines Scandi minimalism, with more than a few swatches of decadent purple, including the sexy plum-coloured La Marzocco Strada that occupies centre stage. Geometry is also big here, with rogue tessellations of hexagonal tiles creeping up the walls. Oh, and did I mention the row of Chemexes, each accompanied by a stylish copper pouring kettle?
It was a hot day and I was tempted by the cold-drip coffee and intrigued by one of the daily specials — the Espresso Punch, which involves muddled strawberries, mint, sparkling water and espresso — but I didn't have a lot of time before my cinema screening, so I stuck to a regular Chemex brew.
I didn't have too much trouble choosing an accompaniment for my coffee: the peanut butter and salted caramel crunch bar had my name all over it, and I happily munched my way through it while I waited for my coffee.
The coffee itself was flavoursome and fruity. It came served in a suitably stylish handle-less, grooved cup. The Chemex was £3, but they also do pre-brewed filter coffee for £2.60, and espresso+milk combos for £2.80.
Curators also sell a carefully curated selection of the most stylish variations of the usual coffee-geek kit, including cool copper V60 drippers, and they also run coffee-making classes. I will definitely be back to try some of their coffee 'creations' — and when I've had a close run-in with the nearby TopShop and need somewhere sophisticated and serene to regroup.
Curators Coffee Gallery. 51 Margaret Street, London, W1W 8SG (Tube: Oxford Circus). Website. Twitter.