Been wanting to try Tap Coffee everytime since we have heard so much about this small but eccentric cafe. Located in between end of Wardour street and Oxford street, you do usually spot people holding cup of coffee siting right outside of the cafe. It might look small from the exterior but don’t be fool, it was rather quite long and spacious.
We were greeted by the staff and the menu is simple; probably has less than 10 drinks available. As we arrived pretty late in circa 4pm, most of pastries and sandwiches were gone but we still managed to order a chicken sandwich and flat whites. Flat white has been our recent favourite as the milk is steamed without frothing to create microfoam stage but still has the glossy velvety surface. The steamed milk will then pour into perfectly pulled double shots and create the signature flat white patterns. The flat white must not be steamed to high temperature (ideally 50 degrees) to retain the sweetness of the milk. A big no no if your flat white is hot enough to burn your tongue.
Just in case you are not sure why Tap Coffee is popular (currently has 3 chains), all their coffee beans were freshly ground upon orders. We spotted one of barista using a shot glass to scoop out the coffee beans and grind it before passed to another barista to extract the espresso shots.
Many has argued single origin beans are better than blend beans as you should not destroy the greatness of a coffee by mixing it with another.
The flat whites were presented in two forms of latte art, common leaf art and mini hearts art.
We managed to find some window seats near the entrance as the café was fully occupied on arrival. The café is decorated to trendy standard as definitely a place for you hang out with your friends instead of grab-and-go type of coffee shop. We love our flat whites so we will give it 4.5 star as these flat whites definitely fixed our caffeine addict.