Coffee Notes

A single-origin Guatemalan espresso extracting from a Fracino lever espresso machine and into my Kaffeeform cup at Coffee Notes in Hammersmith.Coffee Notes is a small coffee stand at the front of Ravenscourt Park Station on the District Line. A relatively new addition to Hammersmith, Coffee Notes set up shop in the summer of 2020, just as the area was reopening after the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unusually for a station coffee stand, Coffee Notes is open seven days a week, serving both locals and commuters alike, although if you want to catch Harry, its charismatic owner, note that Sunday is his day off.

There’s not much to Coffee Notes, just a long, thin coffee stand with fold up sides, which means that the focus is firmly on the coffee, which Harry sources himself before having it toll roasted in London. There’s the usual espresso-based menu, with several iced options, plus tea, but otherwise that’s it. Unsurprisingly, it’s takeaway cups only, so don’t forget to bring your own.

You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.

  • Coffee Notes, in Hammersmith, with owner, Harry, behind the levers.
  • The view from the other side, which might give you a clue about its location.
  • That's right! It's outside Ravenscourt Park Station on the District Line.
  • Returning to the front of Coffee Notes, this really is all there is.
  • The menu is to the left, while the main notice board tells you what you need to know.
  • Coffee! And two grinders. We'll come back to this in a moment.
  • Even before I'd introduced myself, Harry had invited me around to admire the Fracino...
  • ... lever espresso machine...
  • ... where he was pulling me a shot of his own blend in my Kaffeeform cup.
  • Almost done.
  • The final drop.
  • And there it is, one gorgeous espresso.
  • Remember I mentioned the second grinder? That's for the Guatemalan single-origin...
  • ... which Harry insisted on pulling a shot of for me. Pull down to flood the chamber...
  • ... then slowly release to begin the extraction.
  • Here it comes!
  • Look at that lovely extraction.
  • The face of a man who takes great pleasure in his work.
  • The final drop.
  • And there it is, another gorgeous espresso, which is where I'll leave you.
Coffee Notes, in Hammersmith, with owner, Harry, behind the levers.1 The view from the other side, which might give you a clue about its location.2 That's right! It's outside Ravenscourt Park Station on the District Line.3 Returning to the front of Coffee Notes, this really is all there is.4 The menu is to the left, while the main notice board tells you what you need to know.5 Coffee! And two grinders. We'll come back to this in a moment.6 Even before I'd introduced myself, Harry had invited me around to admire the Fracino...7 ... lever espresso machine...8 ... where he was pulling me a shot of his own blend in my Kaffeeform cup.9 Almost done.10 The final drop.11 And there it is, one gorgeous espresso.12 Remember I mentioned the second grinder? That's for the Guatemalan single-origin...13 ... which Harry insisted on pulling a shot of for me. Pull down to flood the chamber...14 ... then slowly release to begin the extraction.15 Here it comes!16 Look at that lovely extraction.17 The face of a man who takes great pleasure in his work.18 The final drop.19 And there it is, another gorgeous espresso, which is where I'll leave you.20
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I visited Coffee Notes as part of my coffee tour of Chiswick. In this regard (and in this regard only), Coffee Notes has the unfortunate distinction of being in Hammersmith, something which I blame on my friend Adele, since she recommended Coffee Notes (and Harry) to me, causing me to stray eastwards from Chiswick and across the boundary into Hammersmith.

Located on the edge of the pavement opposite the entrance to Ravenscourt Park Station, Coffee Notes is literally a coffee stand. Long and thin, it has flaps which open up to provide some shelter from the elements for the customers, who stand on one side, and Harry, who stands on the other side, behind the espresso machine. And what an espresso machine it is, a lovely, three-group Fracino lever machine.

When it comes to the coffee, Harry has his own blend, which is 80% Indonesian and 20% Guatemalan. I had this an espresso in my Kaffeeform cup, and what a treat it was. Lovely, rich and creamy, it had a great body and well-rounded taste. After I got chatting with Harry, he was keen to pull me a shot of the Guatemalan on its own, which he offers as a single-origin option on a second grinder (although you have to know to ask).

Having started my day at Coffee Station, where I’d had a flat white, this would be my third coffee of the morning (and bearing in mind that I don’t normally do mornings). However, how could I refuse? I was rewarded with a second excellent espresso, albeit very different from the first. Much more acidic, it was, nevertheless, an excellent cup of coffee.

While I was taking some photographs I got chatting with one of the customers who told me that Coffee Notes had been a real lifeline to the area as it was reopening after the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The coffee cart provided a focal point for the local community, offering an opportunity for people to get out of the house and (briefly) meet up in a socially distanced manner. It’s been a firm favourite ever since, even though there are now plenty more options in the area.

RAVENSCOURT PARK STATION • HAMMERSMITH • LONDON • W6 0UJ
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Monday 08:00 – 15:00 Roaster Own Blend + Single-origin (espresso only)
Tuesday 08:00 – 15:00 Seating N/A
Wednesday 08:00 – 15:00 Food N/A
Thursday 08:00 – 15:00 Service Counter
Friday 08:00 – 15:00 Payment Cards + Cash
Saturday 08:00 – 15:00 Wifi N/A
Sunday 08:00 – 15:00 Power N/A
Chain No Visits 11th May 2021

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