For the Good of the People, Euston Station

For the Good of the People's logo, taken from the menu board at the stall at London Euston Station.For the Good of the People is part of the Real Food Market on Euston Station forecourt, directly opposite the station’s main entrance, an excellent spot for a pre-/post-train coffee (except for Mondays, when it’s closed). The set up is pretty simple, just a stall at the left-hand end of the Real Food Market stalls, serving espresso-based drinks along with a selection of retail bags of coffee. Unsurprisingly, it’s disposable cups only, so don’t forget to bring your own.

For the Good of the People uses its bespoke Canopy blend, its standard espresso-based menu having a commendably simple pricing policy (one price for with milk, another for black). There’s also tea, a range of iced coffees (all at one price) and, for a small supplement, alternative milks. Although there’s no seating at the stall, you can take a seat at any of the approximately 20 picnic-style tables on the forecourt.

You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.

  • The Real Food Market at Euston Station, with For the Good of the People at the end.
  • Although there's no seating at the stall, there's plenty on the station forecourt itself.
  • To business. The stall is the last one on the left, part of the Real Food Market.
  • The view straight on, with the friendly baristas looking slightly embarressed!
  • There's a selection of retail beans on the left-hand side. The Canopy Blend is the one...
  • ... that is used for the espresso, but various single-origins and a decaf are available.
  • You'll also find the menus down here, to the left of the beans.
  • The main menu is at the bottom, with its very simple pricing structure.
  • Meanwhile, the iced drinks are above that. Again, I like the pricing structure.
  • You order/pay on the left and collect your drinks on the right, past the espresso machine.
  • Note that For the Good of the People does not take cash.
  • I visited twice, first for a flat white on my way to catch a train to North Wales...
  • ... and then again two weeks later on my return, when I had a more leisurely espresso.
  • However, I'll leave you with my lunch, some delicious Turkish flat bread from another stall.
The Real Food Market at Euston Station, with For the Good of the People at the end.1 Although there's no seating at the stall, there's plenty on the station forecourt itself.2 To business. The stall is the last one on the left, part of the Real Food Market.3 The view straight on, with the friendly baristas looking slightly embarressed!4 There's a selection of retail beans on the left-hand side. The Canopy Blend is the one...5 ... that is used for the espresso, but various single-origins and a decaf are available.6 You'll also find the menus down here, to the left of the beans.7 The main menu is at the bottom, with its very simple pricing structure.8 Meanwhile, the iced drinks are above that. Again, I like the pricing structure.9 You order/pay on the left and collect your drinks on the right, past the espresso machine.10 Note that For the Good of the People does not take cash.11 I visited twice, first for a flat white on my way to catch a train to North Wales...12 ... and then again two weeks later on my return, when I had a more leisurely espresso.13 However, I'll leave you with my lunch, some delicious Turkish flat bread from another stall.14
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For the Good of the People represents something of a trip down memory lane for me. In the early days of the Coffee Spot, I wrote about the then Bean About Town coffee van at the Real Food Market on the South Bank. A few years later, the owner of Bean About Town sold off the various vans/pitches to his staff and the South Bank van became For the Good of the People. Then, another few years later (2021 to be precise), For the Good of the People moved, along with the Real Food Market, to Euston Station forecourt, which is great for me as I frequently pass through the station on the way to/from North Wales.

You’ll find For the Good of the People at the left-hand of the short row of stalls that form the Real Food Market, although it’s worth knowing that For the Good of the People is also there at the weekend, when the market is closed. The stalls themselves are opposite the main (front) entrance to Euston, at the far side of the concrete expanse that serves as the station’s not very picturesque forecourt. If you’re arriving by foot, or from the bus station, the stalls are behind you as you head for the station entrance.

Although the stall has no seating, there are around 20 fixed picnic-style tables arranged in three rows in front of the stalls. These are exposed to the elements, so as long as it’s not raining, you should be fine. Being part of the Real Food Market means that while For the Good of the People doesn’t serve food, you have a range of options, from snacks and cakes all the way up to full meals (I had an excellent Turkish flat bread for lunch the second time I was there).

Talking of which, the For the Good of the People stall is pretty simple, consisting of a pair of flight cases lined up side-by-side, with a gazebo over the top for shelter (for the staff, not customers). Retail beans are displayed on the left, next to the till, where you order and pay, while you collect your coffee at the right-hand end, beyond the espresso machine and its grinder.

I visited twice, first on my way up to North Wales, when, hurrying for my train, I rather inhaled my flat white, which I had in my HuskeeCup. It was perfectly enjoyable and very drinkable, but I can’t tell you very much else about it! My second visit, on my way back from North Wales, was a more leisurely affair, although, ironically, I had an espresso in my Kaffeeform cup.

For the Good of the People uses its bespoke Canopy Blend which proved to be a lovely, rich, well-balanced espresso, with classic chocolate notes and very smooth to boot. This is currently roasted by Coffee Compass, but For the Good of the People is planning on opening a bricks-and-mortar store next year, which will have its own coffee roaster.

EUSTON STATION • EUSTON ROAD • LONDON • NW1 2RT
https://forthegoodofthepeople.co.uk
Monday CLOSED Roaster For The Good Of The People (espresso only)
Tuesday 07:00 – 19:30 Seating Tables (outside)
Wednesday 07:00 – 19:30 Food N/A
Thursday 07:00 – 19:30 Service Counter
Friday 07:00 – 19:30 Payment Card Only
Saturday 11:00 – 17:30 Wifi Free
Sunday 11:00 – 17:30 Power N/A
Chain Local Visits 3rd, 20th September 2022

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