22 June 2013

The Caffeine Chronicles: Fix 126

It's hard to believe it's the day after Midsummer, when London has been battered by a ferocious wind all day. I sought refuge in a Shoreditch coffee bar called Fix 126, on Curtain Road, in that trendy triangle between Old Street, Shoreditch High Street and Great Eastern Street.

Fix 126, Shoreditch: MacBooks and macchiati

With its exposed brick walls and old-school communal tables, Fix 126 was full of MacBooks, even on a Saturday afternoon. There are quite a few places to sit inside, and it's definitely less cramped than some of its cousins on the more touristy streets of Shoreditch, but during the week, it's probably difficult to get a table unless you're staking your space early in the day. Today, though, there was plenty of room, and I was able to snag a spot next to the Grauniad and Times Saturday magazines, while I waited for my coffee.

Fix uses coffee from Climpsons & Sons on Broadway Market, and the house blend is, apparently, "sweet, smooth and strong with a mild citrus acidity." My double macchiato was certainly smooth and strong, and about as sweet as I would want it to be. In fact, it was so good, I wanted to follow up my macchiato chaser, with a longer pour over, but I'd already had a couple of Aeropress brews earlier in the day, which was probably enough caffeine, even for me. They have a few cakes and pastries available, but apart from the brownies

Double macchiato at Fix 126

Once the rain had stopped, I wandered back down Shoreditch High Street, via Boxpark, where I stopped by The English Tee Shop's pop-up store. They have awesome t-shirts, tote bags and mugs, with designs that would delight anyone with a love of lexicography or typography. I really liked the "quirky, quirkier, quirkiest" tee, which was super soft, but I wasn't completely happy with the fit, so I settled for a handmade "polyglot" mug. The English Tee Shop is at Boxpark until tomorrow, but they have an online shop too. Check them out.

Fix 126. 126 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3PJ (Tube: Old Street or Shoreditch High Street). Website. Twitter.

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