2015 Awards – Best Takeaway Coffee

An espresso being poured via a single-spout basket at Tamp Culture in ReadingOur second shortlist in the 2015 Coffee Spot Awards is the “Best Takeaway Coffee” Award, which was won last year by Tamp Culture. It recognises those places which, braving the elements, still produce an excellent cup of coffee. This includes coffee carts, coffee stalls, those Coffee Spots which are so small that they only serve takeaway coffee and those Coffee Spots where I regularly get my takeaway coffee (even if they offer a regular sit-in option).

In fairness, I don’t feature a lot of takeaway places on the Coffee Spot, partly because, for me, a lot of what makes a good Coffee Spot is the atmosphere. This can be hard to achieve at a stall when you’re serving your coffee in a paper cup (another bugbear of mine; so these days I always take my own cup with me!). This year, I spent a large amount of my time commuting up to London for work, so this list is overly dominated by places at London stations and around my office in Paddington.

You can see the shortlist after the gallery.

  • The Flying Coffee Bean on Guildford station has come on leaps & bounds in the last year or so.
  • Serving coffee in all weathers outside King's Cross Station. It's Noble Espresso.
  • Another Beany Green, another station. This time it's Liverpool Street.
  • 2015 was a good year for Paddington as KuPP opened up on Paddington Basin.
  • Another Beany Green I spent a lot of time getting coffee from was the one at Euston.
  • Back at Paddington, and the wonderful Kioskafe also opened its doors in 2015
  • And back at Euston, I finally got to visit Jika Jika on Euston Square.
  • And last, but not least, there was Notes, down  in Canary Wharf tube station.
The Flying Coffee Bean on Guildford station has come on leaps & bounds in the last year or so.1 Serving coffee in all weathers outside King's Cross Station. It's Noble Espresso.2 Another Beany Green, another station. This time it's Liverpool Street.3 2015 was a good year for Paddington as KuPP opened up on Paddington Basin.4 Another Beany Green I spent a lot of time getting coffee from was the one at Euston.5 Back at Paddington, and the wonderful Kioskafe also opened its doors in 20156 And back at Euston, I finally got to visit Jika Jika on Euston Square.7 And last, but not least, there was Notes, down  in Canary Wharf tube station.8
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There are eight Coffee Spots on the shortlist this year, all listed in order of publication.

The FCB Logo: the letters "FCB" in white in the centre of an orange circle, with "Artisan Espresso Bars" in white around the circumference.

Flying Coffee Bean, Guildford

We kick off the shortlist with the only non-London place this year (poor show, I know; I’ve been getting around a lot, just not visiting takeaway places!). The Flying Coffee Bean has made great strides in the last year or so, upping its game and forging a partnership with Horsham Coffee Roaster to serve up some really tasty espresso to stations in the south east, including my home town of Guildford. Also shortlisted for Best Coffee Spot near a Railway Station Award.

A black pop-up gazebo shelters a wooden counter holding a grinder and espresso machine

Noble Espresso

Noble Espresso is the only outside-in-all-weathers operator on the shortlist this year (it’s the only one that I visited; I know, slacking again!). At the back of King’s Cross, it’s been serving coffee from a rotating cast of roasters for a couple of years, producing the sort of range and quality that many a bricks-and-mortar store would be proud of. Also shortlisted for Best Coffee Spot near a Railway Station and Most Passionate About Coffee Awards.

A flat white at Beany Green in Broadgate Circle, with the latte art holding its pattern all the way down to the bottom of the cup.

Beany Green, Liverpool Street

The latest Beany Green is handily-placed for Liverpool Street Station. More of a sit-down place, it nevertheless makes for a great coffee-to-go location if you’re passing through and want some decent coffee on the train. It has the neat feature that there are separate takeaway windows outside, so you don’t even have to pop in if you don’t want to. Also shortlisted for Best Coffee Spot near a Railway Station and Most Popular Coffee Spot Awards.

The KuPP logo in red neon.

KuPP

KuPP was a welcome addition to the area around Paddington station and a regular stopping off point for a takeaway coffee on my way to the office. Also shortlisted for the Best Outside Seating Award.

A pair of multi-coloured, Beany Green banana-themed deckchairs. Each bears the slogan "Your banana needs you" although the word banana is replaced with the picture of a partially-peeled banana.

Beany Green, Euston

Another Beany Green, another station. This time it’s Euston, where Beany Green has a great little spot in Regent’s Place about five minute’s walk away. As I seem to be coming or going through Euston a lot these days, it’s become another regular spot for me for my takeaway flat white. It’s also a very good sit in option.Also shortlisted for Best Coffee Spot near a Railway Station and Happiest Staff Awards.

A stylised speech bubble drawn as a human face.

Kioskafé

Back at Paddington and another new addition this year is the delightful Kiokafé, a cross between a newsagent and a coffee shop from the people behind Monocle. There’s not a lot of seating at Kiokafé, making it a natural takeaway spot, particularly since it only serves coffee it takeaway cups. Also shortlisted for Best Coffee Spot near a Railway Station Award.

A flat white in the sun, seen from directly above, at Jika Jika on Euston Square.

Jika Jika, Euston Square

Jika Jika started life in Bath and has had its branch on Euston Square (just around the corner from the tube station and handy for Euston mainline station) for a couple of years. It’s taken me a while to get around to visiting though! Serving coffee from Cornwall’s Origin, it’s a good spot whether you are sitting in or taking away. Also shortlisted for Best Coffee Spot near a Railway Station Award.

Amazing latte art in my JOCO Cup at Notes, Canary Wharf.

Notes, Canary Wharf

If only all train/tube stations had coffee as good as this! Notes, on the concourse of Canary Wharf tube station, consistently serves some of the best coffee I’ve had. There are no seats and its takeaway cups only, so this is a real takeaway joint, although don’t let that stop you lingering and chatting with the staff when it’s not busy! Also shortlisted for the Best Coffee Spot near a Railway Station and the Smallest Coffee Spot Awards.


And the winner is Notes, Canary Wharf
Runners-up: Noble Espresso and Beany Green, Euston

Don’t forget to check out the other 19 Coffee Spot Awards for 2015.


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