Today I had occasion to visit Leytonstone, E11, and noticed a new place in the station called ‘Peaky Blenders’. They are originally from E17 – yes, that’s right, Walthamstow. Dog tracks, Brian Harvey and hipsters who can’t afford Hackney. The man making the coffee had a trilby on, and so you can kind of see what they did there, right.
Here is a picture:-
I had a ‘Long Black’ which seems to the be new name for ‘Americano’. I agree with this, given how much brand USA has been trashed recently. In any case, it was £2.50, which is pretty pricey for a station coffee.
I tasted it as I rattled into London on the Westbound Central line and it was good. It was strong, and it had a pleasing amount of coffee oils in with the hot water. There was that sour, citrus taste that you get with short to mid-extraction upscale coffee – although sometimes really what you want is a roasted and burned to shit Starbucks (as I enjoyed in Birmingham New Street, served by a woman who could. not. have. been. less. interested.) It’s different strokes for different folks.
They also operate a scheme where you can ‘donate’ a coffee – put it in ‘reserve’ for people in need, who then just ask for a reserve coffee and are given one, no questions asked. It is remarkable if this scheme works without being exploited, but Leytonstone might just pull it off. It’s unlikely that people won’t take the piss – they did at Waitrose, and then they had to stop.
I enjoyed my short experience of Peaky Blenders and on their website they have links to their academy, training courses and all sorts of other things including mail order coffee and merch. So get to it.