We all know I am obsessed with iced coffee, so while travelling Africa I had to try there chain store ‘Java House’. In my mind it was the African equivalent of Starbucks. The coffee was delicious. I went multiple times to try a range of drinks! There was so many options! My favourite drink was a soy iced milindi! Reminded me of a chai latte, and was delicious!
The drinks were all decent sizes, and seemed bigger if you were drinking in. One day I ordered a regular iced coffee to drink in ,and it was the size of my head! The prices were reasonable, averaging just under 3$. It is cheap in theory, but expensive for Kenya, in comparison to independent places, you could get a whole meal for the same price. The food at Java house was also delicious, the cakes and fresh pastries! I had breakfast before catching the train to Mombasa, and it was super yummy!
I regret not buying some grinded Java House coffee beans to bring home. But of course bought some Kenyan tea back, as well as some for all my family and friends! I adored my travels in Kenya, and hope to return one day. I would definitely get Java House again!
Overall I would give Java house 10 coffee beans out of 10!
This was my first experience on Brick Lane, in the heart of London City. We all know how much I enjoy a iced coffee, and always try to stick to independent stores. I had some time to kill, and this coffee stop stood out to me. I hadn’t heard of it before, so I went in with zero expectations.
Firstly, the cake display stood out to me most; the cakes look delicious. My partner and I decided to just share one, and he chose a caramel brownie. It was very sweet and rich, but scrumptious! It would have been too sweet to have one each. I decided to have a oat milk iced latte. It came in a mason jar with a paper straw and was made with fancy oat milk haha. The coffee was really smooth, not bitter and was very creamy; may have been the milk. My partner had a ‘normal’ milk iced latte which he thoroughly enjoyed.
This location had lots of seating area, all wooden, the interior was very trendy. It was very busy when we arrived, but managed to find a seat. The free wifi connection was good. They had a large container of free infused ice water, which looked like mint, orange and cucumber. The coffee was average coffee shop price, which is good considering we were in central London. I am unsure if they had any vegan or gluten free food options. I was not charged for dairy free milk option, unlike lots of other coffee shops.
After our visit, I decided to google the coffee shop and saw it benefited many women supportive charities, another bonus! I think they should advertise this more! I enjoyed my visit here, and would recommend for anyone in this location.
Overall, I’d give Kahaila 8 coffee beans out of 10!
Cawa coffee and bakery is a very popular little spot in Broomhill, on the same street as my last review ‘Five Rivers’. It recently opened another take out coffee spot just down the road, although it has already closed and moved to a larger location.
The interior is minimal yet cute. Mostly plain wood with a little cacti on each table. On my first visit I sat in the window seat, and had a flat white. (as pictured) I was a little dissapointed that there were no free dairy free options. If you are vegan or have a lactose intolerant like mine, expect to pay an additional 50p on each coffee you order. 50p doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s nearly a 25% increase on the price of a coffee. Other chain coffee shops usually offer at least soya milk as the same price as dairy, then charge for other alternative milks. This prevents me from visiting again, as it makes it more expensive than other coffee shops. (even without the 50p extra, the drinks are averagely more expensive)
My flat white was delicious, and well made as you can tell by the white pattern on top, so they’re baristas are clearly well trained. My partner also thoroughly enjoyed his iced latte, describing it as very creamy. He also commented it was a little overpriced as you get a small drink in comparisons to a usually ‘medium’. He also had a cinnamon bun which looked incredibly delicious. I didn’t have a cake as they didn’t seem to have any vegan options that day.
The cake display is beautiful! Filled with large cronuts nicely decorated. I mixture of a croissant and donut. Sadly, I can’t try one of these either. They seemed to a small sandwitch/toastie selection too.
The staff were friendly, not very interactive or talkative, but I didn’t initiate. They offer a 10% student discount on hot drinks only. (woo for student discount though). I’m unsure if they had free wifi connection. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming, but I’m not sure if I would feel comfortable here studying for a couple of hours as I usually do.
I do think this is a very good coffee spot, just not the one for me! I give this: