The creative genius behind Tinder and Sparks recommended this place to me, so I knew it was going to be good. He has excellent taste in coffee. He also has excellent taste in jumpers… But standing on Hoxton Street, peering at my Google Maps, I was baffled. I knew I was right where Macintyre Coffee should be, but all I could see was a hole in the wall, which seemed to lead to some kind of airy, industrial workspace… Oh.
As it turns out, MacIntyre Coffee is part of the Shoreditch Village Hall building and even though it only opened last November, it already has a strong following, who seem to not quite be able to believe their luck at what’s landed on their doorstep…
MacIntyre Coffee is the brainchild of Mr Alex MacIntyre, who lives in Haggerston, loves coffee and builds his own coffee grinders. That’s like being He-Man, as far as I’m concerned.
He’d worked in the world of coffee for eight years and it had seen him zip and zap all over the world.. (Sydney, Istanbul…) He really knows his stuff and opening up a coffee shop in his beloved London was something he had always wanted to do;
“Here in London the scene is young and dynamic, everyone has something to prove and there’s far more room to try something different, whether it’s in how you do your coffee service, how you present your drinks, or how you design your cafe. It’s more interesting and progressive.”
I ordered a white coffee and it is without a doubt one of the best I’ve ever had. It might have had something to do with the £5000 coffee machines…. they are exceptionally beautiful. (Hard to stuff up one’s jumper though.)
Their coffee changes frequently. Workshop will often be on offer (it really is excellent) and they also offer coffee from a number of different roasters abroad – they’ve had a few from the US that Alex describes as ‘exceptional.’
He is also interested in selling brewing (coffee, not beer) kits and providing coffee training sessions too.. so keep your eyes peeled.
MacIntyre Coffee is tiny, fantastic and there’s free wifi too. It’s all about the coffee and the customer experience. It’s a bit like a cocktail bar, it’s a bit like a workshop.. “an expression in my weird muddle of geekiness – coffee, shop design, ergonomics.”
It feels as though this is just the beginning for Mr Alex MacIntyre and I am very glad I got to be there at the starting line..
31-21 Hoxton Street