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England is the home of so many pop culture references: Queen Elizabeth and the other Queen, the iconic Big Ben and the seamlessly famous red phone boxes, the punk, and the drunk culture.

WHO WOULD THINK A DECENT CUP OF COFFEE WOULD BE SO HARD TO FIND?

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Best coffee in England – WIRED Cafe Bar, Nottingham (in my humble opinion)

Coming from Brazil, coffee was part of my daily life. I had a filtered coffee in the morning with my family and then an espresso after lunch with co-workers. Then, there was the morning and afternoon breaks at the coffee area, the much-known place for a quick chat throughout the day at the office.

Then, I went to the UK. Finally realised that the most noticeable difference between cultures is always on the details.

Espressos are almost undrinkable. Super bitter and super concentrate, the amount of the cup resembles a ristretto, the Italian espresso. I tried for two days then I gave up my post-lunch routine.

Filtered coffee was very rare to find, especially five years ago. Nowadays it grew in popularity a bit, but it’s still not that easy to find in every place.

If you want a decent amount of coffee on a cup, you will need to order an Americano. It’s a horrid invention of diluting an espresso with hot water. If you ask to have some milk in your coffee, do not be a surprise when they give you a small jug of cold milk on the side. This is how they pour milk on tea (I know!!!!!) so that’s how it’s done in the UK.

You should try the Latte if what you want a coffee with (loads of) milk. It’s an espresso shot poured over a cup of steamed milk. You will also have the Cappuccino option, which comes with chocolate powder sprinkled on top following a somewhat old tradition imported from Italy on the 1950s. Finally, if you can’t decide between hot chocolate and coffee, get both with a Mocha.

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Coffee Menu from Caffé Nero, the top 3 coffee chain in the UK

DRINK IN OR TAKING AWAY

The difference if you want to drink your coffee on the premises or to take it away in a travel cup. In the UK, it also reflects different taxes over goods, called VAT. If you eat in you’re buying catering services, it is, the service to produce and serve that item. If you take away, you’re buying food, not the service. Therefore, some places will have different prices for drinking in or taking it away.

NOW ABOUT SIZES

Similar to Starbucks in Brazil, the local coffee shops have three sizes: small, regular and large.

If your first language is Portuguese like mine, regular might be harder to understand. In the context of coffee, it means ‘normal’ size. And what they mean by normal is super weird. The regular cup is almost twice the size of those American glasses from padocas around Brazil.

The Large one is just insane.

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A Large Latte from Costa Cafe, the top 2 coffee shop in the UK

Warning: this is a real image. The cup is so big that needs to holders points on each side.

Usually, any coffee drink comes with a double shot or the amount of coffee of two Espressos. On the large cup pictured above, they will pour twice that, so you’re drinking four Espressos equivalent at once!

The question is:

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THEN CAME THE (HIPSTER) REVOLUTION

England has changed a lot over the last five years. For better and for worse. Thankfully, for (decent) coffee drinkers, it became so much better.

There is a rising movement of creating an independent business. Small and specialist coffee shops are opening all over the country. They bring the best techniques to brew coffee, they import very high-quality beans, and they treat the roasting process with care. The best coffee around the UK right now comes from Ethiopia, Kenya, Brazil, and Colombia.

They got surprisingly good at it.

Now that I’m in Brazil, I really miss the good quality Brazilian coffee from the UK, which here is just too expensive or really hard to find around here.

And they finally discovered filtered coffee! Even Starbucks (but seriously, they are still bad at it).

Independent coffee shops rule the world of coffee. If you’re in the UK or planning to go there, get in touch to get the best tried and tested recommendations across London, Edinburgh and few other cities in between.

Oh, if you’re there right now, please enjoy a good Brazilian brewed coffee (for me please)!


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THE DAUNTING SEARCH FOR A GOOD CUP OF COFFEE IN ENGLAND
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