Three Coffees, London
• Department of Coffee and Social Affairs, Holborn
One of the most complex macchiati I've ever had in London -- beneath the milk, full of nut, herb and fruit flavours, a whiff of dill and almond, then fennel and berry. A barista from another place mentioned that they uniquely use single bean espresso, which probably accounts for the flavour range.
• Phoenica, Kentish Town
A deep and superbly smooth and balanced Lebanese coffee. Immense stuff, and extremely strong. Great with their mamoul, a small shortbread cookie with an occasional crunch of semolina, filled with soft date.
• Caravan, Exmouth Market/Farringdon
Enjoyed their aeropress version of Yirgacheffe, less fruity and tangy than most, instead with a smooth stony nutty and earthy flavour that was balanced by a tiny lick of acid and fruit at the end.