Department of Coffee and Social Affairs @ Leather Lane

宝石商が並ぶHatton Garden(ハットン・ガーデン)に平行するLeather Lane(レザー・レーン)に最近出来たカフェ、Department of Coffee and Social Affairs。直訳すれば「コーヒー及び社会問題省(部門)」という、堅苦しい役所めいた名前とは裏腹に、建築関係の金物屋であった建物を改装した店内は、広々としていて、黒の木製家具でシンプルにまとめられていてリラックスできる。未塗装の茶レンガ壁や、少し剥げた塗装、そして窓が茶紙で覆われていたりするところも、味があっていい。

Climpson & Sonsから仕入れたコーヒー豆やエスプレッソ・マシーンのフェラーリと言われるLa Marzocco(ラ・マルゾッコ)に、コーヒーへのこだわりが感じられる。ティーバッグじゃなく茶葉でいれる紅茶(紅茶の本場・イギリスでも通常ティーバッグを使う)を持ってきてくれる時、最適の抽出時間を教えてくれるのも気が利いてる。新鮮な材料と美味しいパンを使ったサンドイッチも美味しい。も超ナイスなスタッフは、注文時に、微妙に形やサイズの違う同種類のサンドイッチの中から、どれが欲しいかまで聞いてくれる。唯一の心残りは、ケーキが2種類しかなかったこと。その時、売り切れていただけなのかもしれないけれど。でもポルトガル風エッグタルトは美味しかった。

Department of Coffee and Social Affairs is a newly opened café on Leather Lane, parallel to London’s jewelry trade center Hatton Garden. This spacious café,  a renovated and remodelled architectural ironmongers, is simply decorated with wooden black furniture and quite laid-back, on contrary to its rigid name which sounds like a government department. Bare brown brick walls as well as worn-off wall paintings and a window covered with brown papers also gives nice and raw atmosphere.

You can see the café’s passion in coffee on their use of the espresso machine of Ferrari La Marzocco and coffee beans from quality roaster Climpson & Sons. It doesn’t mean that they don’t take tea seriously either – a cup of tea is served with loose tea leaves, not tea bags like at most cafés in UK, together with an advice of optimal brewing time. Their freshly made sandwiches are great, and a friendly staff even asked what I wanted among the same kind of sandwiches but slightly different in size and shape! One little disappointment was that they had only two kinds of cakes (though their Portuguese egg tart was delicious) – maybe just sold-out that time?

ローストビーフ・サンドイッチと、モッツァレラとトマトを挟んだフォッカッチャ・サンド/Roast beef sandwich and focaccia with mozzarella and tomato.

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