18 February 2014

The Caffeine Chronicles: Drink Shop Dash Review

Since the sad demise of the Brewhouse on York, King's Cross has returned to its former dearth of good coffee. Yes, there's Caravan, but their fancier brew techniques are better for sitting in with a pizza rather than grabbing a quick drink to go. Enter Drink, Shop & Dash on Caledonian Road, a new coffee and fro-yo purveyor from the people behind the neighbouring Drink, Shop & Do.

Drink, Shop & Dash is tiny inside with only a few seats at the window. But it makes up for its small size by packing considerable heft in terms of coffee geekery. I've tried a couple of different filter coffees (they rotate each week) and will soon be offering Aeropress brews. The friendly staff really know their stuff too.

The coffee is from Volcano, a small-batch coffee roastery from south-east London. My favourite filter coffee so far has been a smooth, chocolatey Mexican offering, although the Rwandan sample I tried on Friday was also pretty good (and very different).

And for fans of espresso-based drinks, I'm pleased to report that the espresso is also very good with a nice crema and a rich, strong taste.

Drink, Shop & Dash also serves cakes and a range of home-made sandwiches and light bites. In sum, they are a great addition to the King's Cross area and as they are just around the corner from my office, I'm doing my best to support them, lest they go the same way as the ill-fated Brewhouse.

Drink, Shop & Dash. 11 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9DX (Tube: King's Cross). Facebook. Twitter.

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