Coffeeology, Richmond

Details of the Coffeeology logo (a letter C with the word "Coffeeology" written on it) from the sign hanging outside the original coffee shop in Richmond.This is the original Coffeeology, which opened in the heart of Richmond in 2017 (there’s now a second branch in Chiswick). Although small, occupying a compact section of the town’s old Victorian fire station, with an equally cosy outside seating area, its relative lack of size is no limit to its ambition, with a house-blend on espresso, joined by decaf, plus a single-origin from the current guest roaster. You can also have a V60 or Aeropress made using whatever retail bags Coffeeology has available.

The house-blend and decaf are from Black Saint, Coffeeology’s roasting arm, while the guest roaster is one of three roasters, who are represented in rotation: Plot Roasting from nearby Woolwich, Colonna Coffee from further afield in Bath and, casting the net even wider, Italy’s Gardelli. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a small toast-based all-day breakfast menu, several sandwiches, soup and lots of cake.

You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.

  • Richmond's old Victorian-era fire station on The Square with its signature tower...
  • ... and in the single-storey building to the tower's left, it's Coffeeology.
  • It's a neat space, with a three-paned window at the front & three windows down the side.
  • The entrance is at the back on the left, which is also where you'll find the outdoor seating.
  • This is clustered around the ramp which leads up to the door, starting with this bench...
  • ... and its two round tables. There's another one beyond the end of the bench...
  • ... and a final, two-person table tucked away by the window at the foot of the ramp.
  • Nice A-board.
  • The door is sheltered under this lovely porch at the back of Coffeeology.
  • Stepping insde, you're greeted by the chiller cabinet and, to your left, retail shelves.
  • Meanwhile, Coffeeology stretches away to your right...
  • ... with the counter on the opposite side to the seating.
  • The view looking back to the door and the back of Coffeeology.
  • The seating is around the edges, starting with this three-person window-bar to the...
  • ... right of the door. Here's the view out of the window.
  • The seating continues in the next window...
  • ... where you'll find this round table, the projecting windowsill being used as a seat.
  • The view from this window.
  • Next comes the water station and then, running along the window at the front...
  • ... is a high-backed wooden bench and five two-person tables.
  • In case we forget where we are!
  • There's some interesting decoration in Coffeeology, including these painted plates.
  • Meanwhile, someone has a sense of humour.
  • See what I mean?
  • Last one, I promise.
  • There are two sets of retail shelves: these, by the door, which just have coffee...
  • ... and these between the back two windows, which have coffee and coffee kit.
  • Black Saint is Coffeeology's roasting arm, while Plot is one of three regular guest roasters.
  • To business. The counter is against the right-hand wall (to your left as you enter).
  • The cakes come first, or they would have if I hadn't arrived just before closing time!
  • The drinks menu, meanwhile, is on the wall above/behind the counter.
  • The food menu, meanwhile, is off to your right, hgh up on the front wall.
  • That's a better view.
  • Back to the drinks and the all-important coffee.
  • Pride of place goes to the yellow La Marzocco FB80...
  • ... which has details of the guest single-origin on espresso. I was immediately drawn to...
  • ... it and had an espresso, served in an oversized, classic black cup.
  • An alternative view.
  • I paired this with the avocado, rocket and olive oil on toast.
  • I'll leave you with a picture of one of the customers and the manager (they insisted!).
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The fire station is on the north side of The Square, right in the heart of Richmond. Looking from across The Square, it’s recognisable from its tall, brick-built, lantern clock tower, with Coffeeology occupying the single-storey section with the peaked roof to the tower’s left. Inside, it’s a compact, high-ceilinged space, open to the rafters, while there’s almost as much seating outside on the broad pavement to Coffeeology’s left.

The entrance is down the left-hand side via a narrow porch at the back, supported by two white pillars. This is accessed by two broad steps up from the pavement or by a long, shallow ramp running along Coffeeology’s left-hand side. The outside seating is clustered around the ramp, with a small, round, two-person table against the wall near the foot of the ramp, while a narrow wooden bench runs along the front of the ramp, with two more tables in front of that. Finally, a four-person table stands to the right of them.

The door opens into the back of Coffeeology. There’s a set of retail shelves on the back wall, immediately to your left, while directly across from you is the chiller cabinet for the soft drinks. This is followed by the door the toilet, then Coffeeology widens, the space on the right being occupied by the counter, the seating arranged in an L shape around it.

The front wall has one large, three-paned window, while left-hand side is pieced by three similarly tall windows. The seating starts to the right of the door with a three-person window-bar, followed by a second set of retail shelves, after which there’s a large, round four-person table set in the middle window, the windowsill being used a two-person bench seat. Finally, a high-backed wooden bench runs along the front window, lined with five two-person tables.

You order at the counter, where you’ll find the cakes on your left, till in the centre, and the espresso machine on the right. The drinks menu is on wall behind/above the counter, with the food menu high up on the front wall, above the windows! Other than the counter (painted blue), the natural wood of the furniture/floorboards, and the striking yellow La Marzocco FB80, everything is a pleasing shade of green, with square, green glazed tiles along the walls to a height of about a metre.

I was immediately drawn to the guest espresso, a sugar cane fermented single-origin from the Bynekere Estate in India, roasted by Gardelli (typically the single-origin changes every two to three weeks). It had an interesting, rich, complex flavour, with plenty of acidity, which only got richer with each successive sip. I paired it with the avocado on toast, a single slice of sourdough toast overloaded with sliced avocado on a bed of rocket, all drizzled with olive oil, which was nothing short of perfect!

4 THE SQUARE • RICHMOND • TW9 1DZ
https://coffeeology.me.uk +44 (0) 7741 311990
Monday 07:00 – 17:30 Roaster Black Saint + Guests (espresso + filter)
Tuesday 07:00 – 17:30 Seating Tables, Window-bar; Table (outside)
Wednesday 07:00 – 17:30 Food Cake, Sandwiches, Soup, Toast (check photo)
Thursday 07:00 – 17:30 Service Order at Counter
Friday 07:00 – 17:30 Payment Cards + Cash
Saturday 08:30 – 18:00 Wifi Free (with code)
Sunday 09:00 – 18:00 Power No
Chain Yes Visits 11th February 2020

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