East and West Croydon is a black hole of great coffee shops but I for one am glad to say that the landscape is changing – and it’s all the better due to the recent opening on Crushed Bean. Michael Haim and his business partner opened up the cafe on may 13, 2015 and thus heralded a new day to office workers and their early morning commute looking for third wave coffee in Croydon.
The guys were previously living in South East London and were looking to open in the coffee heartland of Hackney, Hoxton, Shoreditch – you know how it goes. As you would expect they found the area way overprices so started poking their noses further afield and when this corner lot was brought to their attention they jumped at it. They basically found it by accident – and after a two month refurbishment they opened their doors. But like any hospitality business – you open when needs must – not when you’re 100% ready. Soon their downstairs room will be ready and visitors will have the option of sitting at street level or one below.
Coming from decent coffee stock the boys have 6 years coffee experience. Previous to this they were running the Biagio Coffee Van outside St Paul’s tube station – so you might recognise their faces. They are working closely with The Bread Factory based in Hendon for a great choice of pastries and snacks on offer. Toasted sandwiches with fillings like salmon, avocado with a few more planned once downstairs has been completed.
Coffee is courtesy of Alchemy Coffee. They’re still deciding on what coffee will make the cut, so they may have a few different roasters and blends on offer for you to try and give some feedback. Currently they have the Alchemy Opus Espresso – more chocolate and similar to what the American and Australian palettes are used to and also the Elixir Espresso with blueberry, lime and cream notes. The single origin is an Ethiopia Yukro filter coffee with touches of Nectarine, Grapefruit and Vanilla. Need coffee to brew at home? You can pick up Alchemy coffee for purchase £7.50 per 250g.
In the works are a second grinder to offer more coffee options options and specialty teas from Teabranch – who are quite new to the market. Crushed Bean certainly has the corner of the market here. And they’re one of the only places open on a Sunday so swing by if you’re in need of some black oil.
Contact: Crushed Bean – 81 High Street, CR0 1QE Croydon, United Kingdom
Trading Hours: 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday; 8am to 8pm Saturday and Sunday.