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4.0 out of 5 stars Great - but not massively different from the 2011 edition
This is a great guide and a nice improvement on last year's edition. Personally, I would have liked a few more newer entries. For example there's no sign of Flatplanet or Ray's Cafe in Foyles - two of the best cafes Soho has to offer. And yet a lot of entries from last year's guide are repeated - although fortunately the descriptions and prices have been updated. The...
Published on 26 Feb. 2012 by S. Mcintosh

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2.0 out of 5 stars Dosn't aid the coffee lover at all
I purchased this book when I attended the London coffee festival thinking it would be a great aid in whittling down the plethora of coffee shops across London to just the one's worth visiting. However it has proved to be of no use in terms of finding the "hidden gem's"
and only really serves to highlight where non chain shops (some exceptions) are in London which...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dosn't aid the coffee lover at all, 1 Feb. 2013
This review is from: The London Coffee Guide 2012 (Paperback)
I purchased this book when I attended the London coffee festival thinking it would be a great aid in whittling down the plethora of coffee shops across London to just the one's worth visiting. However it has proved to be of no use in terms of finding the "hidden gem's"
and only really serves to highlight where non chain shops (some exceptions) are in London which Google does pretty well on my phone already!
My issue with the book is there is no critiquing of the establishment, no notes on the specific visit, it's all fluffy marketing talk that feels like it was submitted by the coffee shops themselves.
There was also no depth to the ratings which were all 4 or 5 stars. If they are the 100 best shops lets separate them out a little... I certainly know of two 5 star rated places close to each other which are hugely different in quality, which only undermines the rating system. Lets see a 10 star system and only the 5+ stars making it into the book and you then have 5 extra stars for a finer grading system.

This book would do well to encourage coffee shops to aspire to be in it by being more ruthless. Think Michelin stars!

Not an enjoyable read and a Google search of 'best coffee in..' would provide more insight.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great - but not massively different from the 2011 edition, 26 Feb. 2012
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This review is from: The London Coffee Guide 2012 (Paperback)
This is a great guide and a nice improvement on last year's edition. Personally, I would have liked a few more newer entries. For example there's no sign of Flatplanet or Ray's Cafe in Foyles - two of the best cafes Soho has to offer. And yet a lot of entries from last year's guide are repeated - although fortunately the descriptions and prices have been updated. The branches of Starbucks, Caffe Nero and Costa they review are the exact same branches as last year too. Given the number of branches these chains have in London, it wouldn't have been too much of a stretch to review different ones, maybe the newer ones or branches further out of central London.

Also - some of the details aren't accurate, in the written introduction it says Flat White opened in 2007, but in Flat White's entry later in the book it says it opened 2005 - which is it? I spotted this within 10 minutes of buying the book, so surely the proof-readers could have done the same thing, especially after making the exact same error in last year's edition.

Having said that, this is still a brilliant guide. London has so much to offer in the way of coffee houses and there's a really nice coffee culture developing here. The guide does a good job of reflecting the London coffee scene, the photos are great and the descriptions are well written.

The new section dedicated to carts, stalls and kiosks is nice too. Ovearll it's definitely worth buying and good value for money, although not massively different from the 2011 edition. Hopefully it'll be freshened up a little more if they do one in 2013.
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1.0 out of 5 stars glaring lack of substance in this "definitive guide", 10 April 2013
This review is from: The London Coffee Guide 2012 (Paperback)
The guide is touted as "The definitive guide to London's top coffee shops." and
"We have scoured the streets of London to bring you our guide to the very best places to go for great coffee."

Yet the content lacks of any substance and transparency how shops were evaluated or how many have been "scoured".
Instead the reader is confronted with meaningless buzzwords for which any self respecting English teacher would have marked down the author.
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