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The chaps in the flat hats do it again!

Not content with providing the good people of Victoria with awesome coffee at The Flat Cap Coffee Company, Fabio & Robert have embarked on a bolder venture at the bottom of St Martin’s Lane – Notes Music & Coffee.

I popped in for lunch today, and in addition to a superbly made cortado (a short coffee, roughly half way between an espresso and a latté) I tried what looked to be a slightly pricey but INCREDIBLY flavoursome smoked ham & gruyere baguette.

It’s early doors yet for Notes, but building on where they’ve started can only mean an excellent coffee destination.

In addition to the delicious espresso-based coffees dispensed from the shiny behemoth on the counter there’s also the filter coffee bar, offering some of the more exotic & esoteric coffee flavourings that the people of London are starting to awaken to – today it was Kilimanjaro fully washed, pulped, or natural, from El Salvador, using Hario TCA-2 Syphon, V60 process, or Woodneck cloth process. Whatever that means. What it means to me is that this is going to be a coffee destination for enthusiasts of all levels, and it provides a nice relaxing environment in which to relax & enjoy your brew.

For the most part the baristas are using beans from Square Mile Coffee, and also Has Bean, and retail bags will be available at the counter.

In addition to the coffee & food, the shop’s former life as an opera CD store (being next door to The Coliseum lends this an air of relevance) is carried on by a CD and DVD shop operating at the rear of the store, specialising in classical, opera, blues and jazz.

Capturing an opportunity in London’s nighttime scene, Notes will remain open until 10pm on weeknights and Saturdays, for those times when you want to go out for a drink but don’t feel like fighting your way through a pub or shouting over the top of a bar.

This is gonna be awesome.

Check out my review of Notes Music & Coffee – I am mrfrisky – on Qype