01 May 2012

The Caffeine Chronicles: Ground Control Review

A few months ago, while trying to find a more interesting way of getting back to King's Cross from that no man's land between Islington and Clerkenwell, I came across a not-yet-opened espresso bar called Ground Control. I could tell from the font on the sign that it was going to be my sort of place. Its name was also reminiscent of the wonderful Ground Support in New York.

But it was only today that I finally got around to checking out Ground Control, which is the Ethiopian Coffee Company's "flagship venue." Based on Amwell Street, a surprisingly busy and quirky street filled with interesting independent shops and delis in an otherwise fairly residential neighbourhood, Ground Control is tiny, with only a few tables inside and not much room for perching outside. I tried the macchiato, which was very good, although I prefer my macchiatos to be on the dry side--just a dribble of milk and a splash of foam--but forgot to ask; also my macchiato bar has been raised recently by places like Prufrock, where you get extensive quizzing on your coffee choices. Ground Control does use the same blue porcelain cups as Prufrock, which I really like.

Two macchiatos
They also serve food — "breakfast, lunch and so much more" — and there were two different choices of sandwich today. It's so nice to have a good espresso bar in the vicinity of King's Cross and I'll be going back to Ground Control again soon to enjoy the lovely Ethiopian coffee!

Ground Control. 61 Amwell Street, London, EC1R 1UR (Tube: Angel or King's Cross). Website.

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