Froth & Rind

A lovely espresso in a classic blue cup, made using the Curved Brick seasonal espresso blend, served at Froth & Rind in Walthamstow.In some ways, it’s a very small world. My only previous trip to Walthamstow was in 2014, to visit Wood St Coffee, then in its second incarnation on Orford Road. My next trip was two weeks ago, over five years later, again to visit Wood St Coffee, now in its permanent home in Blackhorse Workshop.

In 2014, Wood St was pretty much the only speciality coffee game in (Walthamstow) town, which is most definitely no longer the case, so this time I had a long list of places to visit, including today’s Coffee Spot, Froth & Rind. What I didn’t realised untilI walked down the familiar street, is that Froth & Rind is next door to Wood St’s old home on Orford Road. Small world indeed.

What sets Froth & Rind apart is that it’s (to my knowledge) the only shop to combine craft beer, fine cheese and speciality coffee, simultaneously acting as off-licence, cheesemonger and coffee shop, serving an espresso-based menu from local roaster, Curved Brick, a wide selection of cake and a menu of innovative cheese toasties. While I can’t speak to the beer, the cheese looked excellent, my toastie was awesome and my espresso very fine indeed.

You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.

  • On a familiar road in Walthamstow (familiar to me at least, from five years ago)...
  • ... it's Froth & Rind, right next door where Wood St Coffee used to be.
  • Sound advice from the A-board...
  • ... while the other side is pure bribary.
  • You enter via the double doors on the left.
  • A view of the interior from just inside the door, with the counter at the back on the right.
  • The bulk of the seating is also on the right, between counter and window...
  • ... although there are also two small tables against the left-hand wall, under the menus.
  • A view from the back of Froth & Rind, standing beside the counter.
  • There's a row of three tables down the middle, ending with the one in the window...
  • ... with another two tables off against the right-hand wall.
  • For whatever reason, I was very taken with the yellow table right in the middle.
  • This one in the corner was where I ended up though.
  • Another view of the corner table.
  • That's not all though. To the left of the counter, a passageway leads back...
  • ... where, on the right-hand side, you'll find this little room. Sadly I was there late on...
  • ... in the day, so the tables had been tidied up for the night. Check out the skylight.
  • The route back to the main part of Froth & Rind.
  • Obligatory light-fitting shot.
  • I loved this picture on the wall by design studio Tomartacus.
  • As well as pictures, there are several well-stocked bookshelves dotted around.
  • I had fun nosing around, thinking to myself that I knew what would make...
  • ... a good addition, when I saw that it was already there!
  • As well as bookshelves, there are lots of retail shelves too.
  • These shelves, at the back on the left-hand side, are mostly dedicated to the 'froth'...
  • ... of Froth & Rind (ie craft beer) although there is some 'rind' (cheese) as well.
  • For more cheese, check out the display case on the right-hand side of the counter...
  • ... while off to the right of that are essentials such as crackers, oat cakes and pickles.
  • Returning to the counter itself, you order at the till on the left...
  • ... where you'll also find the cakes and pastries.
  • The coffee, meanwhile, is at the back of the counter, menu to the left.
  • If you want something more substantial, there's a toastie menu on the left-hand wall.
  •  I had the French Connection, with creamy Fourme d’Ambert blue cheese and fig jam.
  • And for coffee, a simple espresso made with the house-blend from Curved Brick...
  • ... which is where I'll leave you. It looked as good as it tasted, by the way!
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Froth & Rind opened 4½ years ago, just after my previous visit and not long after Wood St Coffee moved to Blackhorse Workshop. It occupies a wide, blue-painted shop front, literally next door to Wood St’s old location. There’s a single, central window, flanked by a pair of doors, with two tables outside on the pavement. You enter via the double doors on the left, which lead into the main room at the front. This has a large counter at the back on the right-hand side, the bulk of the seating between it and the window.

This leaves a broad, open corridor down the left-hand side, giving access to the counter. It continues to the back, where there’s a second room off to the right, behind the kitchen (which in turn is behind the counter). Smaller than the first, this has a two-person table and a pair of four-person tables, with light provided by a large skylight.

Back in the main room, there’s a little bit of seating along the left-hand wall, where you’ll find two, small round tables at either end of a long, low, backless wooden bench. If you prefer chairs, you’re in luck, since each table also has a chair, back to the wall. However, the bulk of the seating is to the right, between counter and window. A long wooden bench with two four-person tables runs the full width of the window. There are a pair of two-person tables in a row, front-to-back, the middle of the space, the centre one bright yellow in colour. Finally, there’s a narrow, four-person table against the right-hand wall¸ seating provided by a chair at either end, plus a low, backless wooden bench against the wall.

As I mentioned, Froth & Rind combines craft beer (froth), cheese (rind) and speciality coffee. There are retail shelves along the left-hand wall (beyond the seating) where you’ll find bottles and cans of beer, along with large wheels of cheese. There is more cheese at the counter, in a large, refrigerated display case, and, off to the right, you’ll find cheese-related provisions, such as crackers, oat cakes and pickles. There are also several sets of well-stocked bookshelves, the contents of which included a copy of my own book, The Philosophy of Coffee.

If you’re hungry, as well as a range of cakes and pastries, which are displayed on the left-hand side of the counter, Froth & Rind has a selection of nine cheese toasties, displayed on a menu on the left-hand wall as you enter. These include the Roger Cheddarer (emmental and chorizo) and the Pear Grills (cheddar and spiced pear chutney). I went for the French Connection, with creamy Fourme d’Ambert blue cheese and fig jam. This was delicious, with the gooey, melted cheese oozing out from between two slices of thick, wholemeal toast.

Turning to coffee, Froth & Rind has always kept things local, starting out with Climpson and Sons, before moving to The Coffee Officina from Essex. These days, however, Froth & Rind uses the house-blend from Curved Brick, a coffee shop/roastery 30-minutes’ walk south in Leyton. There’s a simple, espresso-based menu and, keeping things simple, I had an espresso (fortunately before my toastie, since the cheese, while delicious, was over-powering). My espresso was lovely, well-rounded and well-balanced, going down a treat.

Monday 08:00 – 17:00 Roaster Curved Brick (espresso only)
Tuesday 08:00 – 17:00 Seating Tables; Tables (Outside)
Wednesday 08:00 – 17:00 Food Toasties, Cake
Thursday 08:00 – 17:00 Service Order at Counter
Friday 08:00 – 17:00 Cards Yes
Saturday 09:00 – 18:00 Wifi Free (with code)
Sunday 10:00 – 17:00 Power Yes
Chain No Visits 27th July 2019

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