Espresso by K2

"Aussie bros, slinin' epic espresso | Espresso by K2 (just around the corner)"Once upon a time, there wasn’t a lot of good coffee around Fulham. In fact, once you’d crossed the river at Putney, it was a bit of desert all the way to the West End. How things have changed! One of the more recent additions is Espresso by K2, just around the corner from Parsons Green tube station on the District Line and practically on Parsons Green itself.

It opened in October 2015 and, despite being tucked away down a dead-end street (Heathman’s Road) off the busy Parsons Green Lane, it has already built up a loyal following of locals and is starting to attract people from further afield. It’s a fairly small spot, with seating for seven inside, and maybe another three on the bench outside, but don’t let that put you off.

The coffee is from Winchester’s The Roasting Party, the Captain blend & decaf on espresso, plus, during the week, single-origin filter on batch-brew courtesy of the ever-popular Moccamaster. If coffee’s not your thing, there are loose-leaf teas from Scotland’s Jenier, a new name to me. There is also a wide range of cakes and pastries, and, joining the Moccamaster during the week, a selection of sandwiches.

March 2018: I have learned that Espresso by K2 has closed, although the good news is that the owner, Ricky, is opening a new coffee shop… in Lisbon!

You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.

  • Out on Parsons Green Lane, and, other than the A-board, there's no sign of Espresso by K2.
  • So where's the arrow pointing? Down Heathman's Road, which doesn't look too promising...
  • However, have faith, because here it is, Espresso by K2!
  • It's not very big, just from the open door on the left to the end of the window on the right.
  • The view from just inside the door.
  • And the corresponding view from right at the back.
  • There's not a lot of seating, just these two tables against the left-hand wall...
  • ... and these three seats at the window-bar to the right of the door. And the bench outside.
  • The counter, on the right-hand side, takes up the remaining space.
  • The wall behind the counter's missing, so you can see through to the office next door.
  • It might be small, and bright, but Espresso by K2 has got some great lights!
  • This one hangs over one of the tables on the left...
  • ... while this one is on the wall behind the counter.
  • There are also more lights hanging from the ceiling.
  • How many lights does Espresso by K2 need, I hear you ask? This many?
  • Nah, that's nowhere near enough! Try this many...
  • ... as well as this lot, which have been sneakily hidden above the window bar at the front!
  • To business. The comprehensive coffee menu is written up behind the espresso machine...
  • ... although I notice the tea is cunningly concealled by the cups. Ah, that's what it says.
  • The tea, by the way, is from Jenier, and is tucked away, high up on the back wall.
  • There's also a selection of cake, and, on weekdays, sandwiches. I was there on Satruday.
  • The coffee, meanwhile, is from old friends, The Roasting Party.
  • During the week, there's batch-brew filter coffee from the Moccamaster.
  • However, I was after something from the espresso machine. That's Ricky, by the way.
  • That's better. Stop looking at the camera and get to work!
  • Interesting use of the measuring jug to support the cup.
  • I was after a flat white, so Ricky gets to work steaming the milk...
  • ... while the espresso happily extracts in the background.
  • My flat white. Ricky said he wasn't very happy with his latte art that morning.
  • Personally, I reckon it's fine. What do you think?
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You need to know what you’re doing when trying to find Espresso by K2. Heathman’s Road runs off to the west at the top of the triangular Parsons Green, the only indication of the presence of top-quality coffee being the A-board out on Parsons Green Lane. Not that Heathman’s Road looks very promising, with its industrial feel, home to workshops, offices and yoga studios. And, part-way down on the left, the glass-fronted Espresso by K2.

Espresso by K2 is tucked away at the end of a suite of offices, home to K2 Partnering, a recruitment/consultancy agency. Although separate businesses, they’re joined at the hip, architecturally-speaking. The building’s glass front runs all the way to the flat roof, flooding the interior with light, although Espresso by K2 only occupies the lower half, an extended mezzanine level above it. Similarly, to the right, what should be a party wall behind the counter is missing entirely, so you can see through to the next door office space. The flip side is that the office workers have ready access to great coffee, just by walking up to the back side of the counter. The lucky so-and-sos don’t even have to step outside!

However, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Espresso by K2 has a bench outside and a single door on the left, while inside, the layout is just as simple. There’s a window-bar immediately to the right of the door and a pair of two-person tables against the wall to the left. As far as seating goes, that’s it. The handsome concrete counter takes up most of the space to the right, with the espresso machine, a striking red La Marzocco, facing the window at the front.

The back wall has a chiller cabinet for the cold drinks and some shelves holding bags of coffee and tea, but other than that, it’s remarkably clean and uncluttered, giving it an immense sense of space that completely belies its small size. This is helped by the high ceiling, the open view to the office next door, and, of course, the glass front. The minimalist décor is enlivened by a multitude of bare bulbs hanging from the ceiling/protruding from the walls, there to provide illumination on the dark, winter days.

Espresso by K2 is the brainchild of Ricky, who was born in the UK, but whose family moved to Australia’s Gold Coast shortly afterwards. This is where Ricky (and the whole family) caught the coffee bug. Pioneers in many ways, Ricky owned an office, but spent all his time working in the coffee shop across the road. He liked it so much he bought it and hasn’t looked back since! Returning to the UK, it was only natural that he would end up with his own coffee shop at some point.

I put Ricky to work making me a flat white. I know (and like) The Roasting Party and its coffee well and this was no exception. The coffee’s well balanced, coming strongly through the milk, although it’s not as sweet as some Roasting Party blends. Ricky brings a very Australian attitude to the place, friendly, but no nonsense. The flat white, for example, is a proper, 6oz size, although there’s also an “English” flat white (8 oz) for those who like their drinks a little larger…

Monday 07:00 – 17:00 Roaster The Roasting Party (espresso + batch-brew filter)
Tuesday 07:00 – 17:00 Seating Tables, Window-bar, Bench (outside)
Wednesday 07:00 – 17:00 Food Cakes, Sandwiches
Thursday 07:00 – 17:00 Service Order at Counter
Friday 07:00 – 17:00 Payment Cards + Cash
Saturday 09:00 – 13:00 Wifi No
Sunday CLOSED Power Yes
Chain No Visits 11th June 2016

You can also see what fellow coffee-bloggers Bean There At made of Espresso by K2.

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