Jim Cregan, of Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, the supermarket-stocked cold coffee says the way it’s served is important too. “If you’re having a milky iced coffee, it’s best served straight up, ice cold from the fridge. If you’re having it cold brewed or as an iced espresso, it’s ace straight from the fridge but poured over proper ice cubes,”
Square-cut cubes of ice are essential. “Crushed is not an option. Smoothie style is also not an option,” says Cregan. “We’re not drinking desserts, here, we’re drinking refreshments – the clue is in the title.”
Cold brewing coffee involves steeping coffee grounds in room temperature or cold water for an extended period of 12 hours or more. The long filtering process keeps a measured balance and leaves the taste unadulterated, like an espresso.
But whether we want a cold, delicate version of the drink or are happy to pair decent stuff with a few extra delights, London’s coffee is better prepared for summer than ever before.
Here are some of the best places to get it:
With skilled baristas, its own micro-brewery and bottles of fine cold brew, Nude Espresso is unavoidable when thirsty, tired, and very much in Shoreditch.
26 Hanbury Street, E1 6QR, nudeespresso.com
The Australian-come-Kiwi café knows its coffee, and it’s not just good for a flat white.
66 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7QJ, kaffeine.co.uk
Thailand is known for its wonderful iced coffee. Over there it’s flavoured with chicory and grains, a recurrent theme in more sophisticated iced coffee traditions. Addie’s Thai makes a sweet and fragrant iced drink that makes for a great hangover cure.
121 Earls Court Road, SW5 9RL, addiesthai.co.uk
A big player on the cold brew scene. It’s clean, precise, and allows the zesty fruits and chocolatey perfumes of the coffee beans to play a part.
61-67 Old Street, EC1V 9HW, timberyardlondon.com
Vagabond stocks cold brew, made by Sandows London, the latest addition to London’s cold brew purveyors.
105 Holloway Road, N7 8LT, @VagabondN7
Speakeasy Espresso Bar
Perhaps best known for its coffee school, the cold dripper stuff is light and if any preserve the fruity notes and finer details of standard coffee, Speakeasy’s does so.
3 Lowndes Court, W1F 7HD, speakeasycoffee.co.uk
Brings a wonderfully creamy iced coffee to the table.
17 Berwick Street, WIF 0PT, flatwhitecafe.com
Fee and Brown
Flying the flag for deep, dark south London, Beckenham’s joint has superb coffee, good in iced form; delicious when poured over vanilla ice cream as an affogato.
50 High Street, Beckenham, BR3 1AY, feeandbrown.com