Nowadays, coffee shops are dominated by the big corporate names like Starbucks and Costa and it feels like traditional independent coffee shops are slowly disappearing from our high streets.
And it’s even harder to find local coffee bean roaster.
Wandering the streets of Camden Town I stumbled across the Camden Coffee Shop. Established in 1978 by Cypriot George Constantinou it is a coffee shop with a unique difference. George roasts the coffee beans manually using traditional methods and hand operated machines.
This makes the quality of the coffee beans superior in comparison to factory processed beans and means that George is able to deliver his freshly roasted beans to his customers within hours rather than months. No freezing or vacuum packing needed here.
A Step Back in Time to a By Gone Era…
Walking into George’s shop is like stepping back in time. The whole shop has a nostalgic feel to it which brings the past into the present. The aroma of coffee beans is overwhelming and hits you as soon as you walk in the door. I was welcomed by George with a friendly smile while I looked around his shop and noticed the coffee beans in large hessian sacks and the old coffee roaster.
The interior and equipment reminded me of something that would not look out of place in pre-war Britain.
Whilst I was waiting for George to prepare my order I watched as he was roasting his coffee beans in an old coffee roaster which George believes is between 85 and 90 years old. He also told me about the various blends of coffee he can make to suit a customer’s preference. His knowledge of roasting coffee beans is exceptional and his method of roasting coffee beans is distinctive. No wonder that he has attracted the attention of the people of Camden and beyond.