LONDON’S BEST COFFEE SHOPS

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Yes-Sir takes a look at London’s best coffee shops.

In celebration of UK Coffee Week and the London Coffee Festival, we take a look at London’s best coffee shops.

Taylor St Baristas
After trying a coffee at Taylor St Baristas, you will totally understand why you queued for so long to order it and why they have won numerous awards including the Best Flat White award. The expert baristas are friendly, helpful and fun and the coffee is skilfully prepared to the highest standard. Our tip: Trust us on this one, you won’t feel like having coffee from anywhere else after this. In Bank, Liverpool Street, Canary Wharf, South Quay, Mayfair, Shoreditch, Monument and Tower 42.

Workshop Coffee
Initially launched in 2011, Workshop Coffee serves what some would say is the perfect coffee. They focus on sourcing, roasting and serving coffee at the highest standard with regular visits to partners in producing countries and a dedicated and focused in-house roasting process. If you like their coffee as much as we do, you can even subscribe via their website to receive it at home. Our tip: Try their Flat White. In Clerkenwell, Fitzrovia, Holburn and Marylebone.

TAP Coffee
TAP is a haven for true coffee lovers. Their slow-dripped filter coffee is their signature and definitely worth the wait. The relaxing environment of the coffee shops takes you far away from the hustle and bustle of London. In Rathbone Place, Tottenham Court Road and Wardour Street.

Sharps Coffee Bar by Dunne Frankowski
We totally agree that engaging conversations and a community-feel are integral part of both coffee shops and grooming salons so we were thrilled to see one be combined together. The Sharp Coffee Bar by Dunne Frankowski combines a coffee bar, a barbershop and a curated food counter. 9 Windmill Street, London, W1

Notes Coffee
At Notes, they pride themselves in taking coffee very seriously and have their own roastery to prove it. They combine the finest beans, the latest technology and what they believe is their most important ingredient; highly-trained baristas to produce a special coffee experience. Our tip: Try their Espresso-based coffee menu. In Moorgate, Canary Wharf, Trafalgar Square and King’s Cross.

Benugo
From Wigmore Street to Curzon Street, the Benugo coffee shops originally launched in 1998 in Clerkenwell by brothers Ben and Hugo and have since expanded across London, including concessions in the likes of the V&A Museum and the British Museum. In this upmarket delicatessen, you will find specially trained baristas ready to serve you your favourite coffee, a variety of cold or toasted sandwiches and delicious cakes baked at their very own London bakery. Our tip: Try their Eggs Benugo for breakfast… English muffin, free range scrambled egg, Wiltshire ham and hollandaise. In Cannon Street, Clerkenwell, Covent Garden, Curzon Street, Great Portland Street, Hanover Street, Kings Cross, Victoria, Waterloo & Wigmore Street.

UK Coffee Week is a nationwide fundraising initiative that supports coffee growing countries through the vibrancy of coffee culture. All funds raised during the week go directly towards Project Waterfall to bring clean water and sanitation to coffee growing communities. For more information, visit www.ukcoffeeweek.com.

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Working From Coffee Shops Could Be Destroying Your Productivity. Here’s Why.

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A few weeks ago, my wife and I dropped into a coffee shop that we’d been meaning to try.

It was a trendy hipster spot, and on that day, the plaid shirts outnumbered the available tables, so we took a seat at a big wooden communal table in the middle of the room.

Now normally, I love shamelessly eavesdropping on coffee shop conversations. Between the first dates and the job interviews, there’s enough awkward squirming going on to outshine any episode of The Office.

But I was totally unprepared for what I was about to hear.

To our left, an art student was complaining to her friends about the latest rejection letter she got from a poetry magazine.

I felt for her. Putting yourself out there is hard.

I turned to my right, where a second group was taking a break from their own poetry to debate the nuances of salad.

(This is 100% true)

Hipster 1: Did you massage it?

Hipster 2: Nah, I just kinda chopped it up. Why would I massage it?

Hipster 1 (Getting visibly animated): DUDE. You HAVE to massage your kale. It gets SOOOOOO tender. I’m honestly surprised you didn’t know that.

Hipster 2: (Ashamed at his failure as a hipster. Hangs head and goes back to writing poetry in silence.)

The point is, all kinds of different people hang out at coffee shops. Including a lot of folks trying to get work done.

But is that actually a good thing?

Let’s dig into the research and find out…

First, the not-so-bad news

In 2012, researchers at the University of Chicago asked people to answer a set of questions designed to gauge creative thinking. To test how ambient noise impacted creativity, they played soundtracks at various levels.

What they found was pretty interesting: when ambient noise was set to 70 decibels — coincidentally, the same noise level found at an average coffee shop — participants performed about 35% better than those who worked in quieter settings.

So, theoretically, working from a coffee shop can help boost creative thinking. If your coffee shop is “average” when it comes to noise level.

But what about actual productivity?

Here comes the bad news

First of all, in that same study, performance plummeted once the noise level reached 85 decibels.

85 decibels is about the same as hearing downtown traffic from inside of your car. So, not at all unreasonable for a particularly busy coffee shop.

Or, one with an army of super-duper-important business people talking loudly on their cell phones.

In fact, a different study in Applied Cognitive Psychology concluded that silence is best for focus and short-term memory recall.

Another element of your average coffee shop that the first study didn’t measure, since it only played sounds for participants, isvisual distraction.

You know, like the visual of the kale-massaging hipster miming the way he rubs his leafy greens that I’ll now never get out of my head.

Multiple studies have tested visual distractions, and the conclusions have been consistent: visual distractions have a measured negative impact on cognitive functions and focus.

The bottom line

Coffee shops are great for a lot of things.

Boosting actual get-stuff-done productivity, for most people, is not one of them.

While consistent ambient noise can help us think more creatively, the variable noise levels at coffee shops — paired with the visual distractions — make them a poor environment for productivity.

Here’s what to do instead

If you’re one of the few people who actually gets more done working from coffee shops, you can ignore this.

If you’re like me and want to work in a productive environment without the distractions, here’s what you should do:

1) If it’s getting out of the house you’re after, go to the library. It’s quiet, and you can usually find a nook without a ton of foot traffic to distract you.

2) Try listening to music. Remember, for creative work, research found that 70 decibels was optimal.

Bonus: according to one study,there’s one type of task that’s actually better to do while listening to music.

For repetitive tasks that you already know how to do really well — in this study, surgeons were evaluated while listening to music — music can improve your performance.

Do This Now

If you’ve been working out of coffee shops and wish you could be more productive, go to Google and find your nearest library, grab your headphones and go there instead. If you need help, here’s a global directory with more than 180,000 libraries.

You’ll think better, work better and get more done.

The post was written by Len over on Home Office Hero.

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