Abchurch Yard in the City of London, has been home to various coffee carts over the years, including Flat Cap (old Cannon Street site) and, most recently, Feijoa Tree. However, at the start of June, Matt took over the pitch, a lovely young man who I met in 2016 when he was in charge of the CanDo Coffee kiosk in Paddington.
Currently, Matt has a fairly simple set-up, with a single mobile stand sheltering under a large umbrella. There’s a single-origin espresso from Curve Coffee Roasters, along with a decaf from Caravan, served from a basic espresso menu, although, in a neat twist, everything costs £2.50. Matt also has matcha all the way from Japan, a small number of cakes and retail bags of various single-origins from Curve. It’s takeaway cups only, so don’t forget to bring your own, although there are some seats if you want to hang around.
You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.
Abchurch Yard is between Cannon Street and King William Street, the two joined by Abchurch Lane, which runs north from Cannon Street, the yard off to the left-hand side. Don’t be put off by the building site on the other side of Abchurch Lane. This large hole in the ground is part of the on-going project to upgrade Bank/Monument stations and, certainly while I was there, was clean and quiet.
There’s a large church on the yard’s north side, with three benches running along the front wall. At the right-hand end, by Abchurch Lane, is where you’ll find Matt and the Lazy Coffee Cart. Although it’s a takeaway operation, Matt is all about mindfulness and slowing down the pace of life, so you’re welcome to say, taking a seat on one of the benches or, in front of them, at one of two tables that Matt provides.
Although Matt took the pitch over from Feijoa Tree, the cart is his own, made by his Dad and while it’s espresso only at the moment, Matt has plans for a second cart to go alongside the first, giving him the space to offer filter coffee as well, the idea to have both pour-over and batch-brew.
Matt only serves single-origins, changing his espresso offering as and when Curve provide him with new beans. He started with a Brazilian in June and, when I visited in July, he’d recently moved onto a Palmitas from Colombia. If you want to know more, there are full tasting notes on the A-board, while Matt will happily provide you with an information sheet if you want chapter and verse.
Having said it’s takeaway cups only, Matt has a small supply of proper cups for sit-in customers, so you may get lucky, but bring your own just in case. Also, there’s oat milk if you need an alternative to dairy. I had a (dairy) flat white, my usual to-go drink, although I then spent all my time standing there chatting with Matt. It was lovely, by the way, rich and creamy, with the coffee coming nicely through the milk.
December 2018: Lazy Coffee Cart was a runner-up for the 2018 Best Takeaway Coffee Award.
|ABCHURCH YARD • LONDON • EC4N 5BP|
|https://www.lazycoffee.co.uk/||+44 (0) 7535 018099|
|Monday||07:00 – 16:00||Roaster||Curve (espresso only)|
|Tuesday||07:00 – 16:00||Seating||Benches, Tables|
|Wednesday||07:00 – 16:00||Food||Cakes|
|Thursday||07:00 – 16:00||Service||Counter|
|Friday||07:00 – 16:00||Payment||Cards + Cash|
|Chain||No||Visits||5th July 2018|
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