16 July 2021

The Caffeine Chronicles: Wood St Coffee

My visit to Walthamstow last weekend wouldn't have been complete without a visit to Wood St Coffee, a coffee roastery and café at Blackhorse Workshop, a short walk north of Blackhorse Road Tube.

Originally based at Wood Street Market, the coffee company has been at its current location since 2014. Blackhorse Workshop is a wood and metal workshop, which runs various courses for the public. I can barely create recognisable latte art, so metal- and woodwork are way outside of my skill set, but I was happy to partake in all of Wood St Coffee's coffee delights.

The entrance is through Sutherland Path, which you can access from Blackhorse Lane or Sutherland Road. As you would expect, the building has a modern industrial appearance, like the rest of Blackhorse Workshop. There is lots of seating at the benches outside the coffee shop. On a warm but grey Sunday afternoon, it was fairly quiet, other than the calming sound of tweeting birds from the trees along one side.

Inside, the décor is minimalist–industrial (or should that be industrial–minimalist?), with white pegboard walls, several small, wooden tables, and some quirky lighting fixtures. As you enter, the counter is directly ahead of you, with the kitchen behind. On the right, there are shelves with coffee-making kit and various essentials available to buy, as well as a selection of retail coffee beans.

There was a coffee from Banka in Yunnan, China, available as a filter coffee, so I ordered that as well as a piccolo. I'd already brunched but couldn't resist ordering one of the chocolate and peanut butter slices to go with my coffees.

I took a seat outside, and before long, my coffees arrived. The filter coffee had a nice combination of sweet and tart flavours, while the piccolo was impeccably brewed, with the latte art persisting right until my last sip.

To complete my Wood St coffee experience, I also bought some coffee beans. While I was ordering, I had spotted a natural Colombian Gesha from José Amir Garzón Olaya, which sounded very special indeed. After brewing it at home in my V60 all week, I can confirm that it is one of the most delicious naturally processed coffees I've tried all year, with tropical fruit and watermelon flavour notes that will delight even the stubbornest of palates. It is out of stock online but there were a few bags left at the roastery, so you might be lucky if you're quick.

Wood St Coffee. Blackhorse Workshop 1–2 Sutherland Road Path, London, E17 6BX (Tube: Blackhorse Road). Website. Twitter. Instagram.

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