Looking for a coffee laboratory and highly stylised place to consume your caffeine? Prufrock is just the place for you.
Located amongst the relative peace of Leather Lane (market days aside), Prufrock has launched itself at London’s coffee loving public with a determination to bring something new to the scene. The café itself is in transition with new touches added to its chic interior all the time. Its breezy space is a large, uncluttered square supported by bare floorboards that combines minimilism with a kind of seaside chic. The aqua blocks on the walls are soothing and the open plan counter and work space feels like it's involving the whole room in its wild little lab. Pour-over filters stand by the vintage espresso machines and there are halogen heaters and all manner of other gadgets for the baristas to perfect their levels and measurements with. This is science, art and coffee rolled into one.
This is the quintessential independent, with its detailed approach to coffee and the labour of love that clearly goes into each drink. It’s serious stuff in front of the espresso machines but on the other side of the counter customers relax and indulge in the process that goes into each order. The barista training centre in the basement will attract coffee fans from all over with lessons and tasting sessions provided at a cost, but you don’t have to be so serious about it all to enjoy the atmosphere here. Local workers make up the majority of the customers but there's a bit of a buzz about Prufrock from further afield too, so expect different types from all over.
There are limited selections of pastries to accompany the coffee but apparently the plan is to expand this side of the business, matching different tastes with the beans that they roast. So, watch this space.
Whatever you order, it’s going to be something to be savoured, with Square Mile beans passed through the vintage machines. The flat white is an ever popular choice but the piccolo provides a rich bang for anyone who likes their drink short. Prices are about average for a place where service comes from artisan coffee makers and not a lot more than your local Starbucks.
The Last Word
Prufrock is still a work in progress but judging by the passion that the whole place exudes, it can only get bigger and better.