TAP Coffee used to be one of my regular coffee shops. I first discovered the one on Tottenham Court Road on my way to work, and made it part of my morning routine. Soon after they opened a store in Soho, and despite it being a bit of a detour to work, I would always find myself visiting for a coffee. These days it is a bit far for me to make it a regular visit, but on this occasion I was meeting a friend for breakfast, and TAP is perfectly located middle ground.
I’m pretty sure that TAP Coffee stands for ‘Tapped and Packed’ and has been the point of much debate, although I’m not entirely sure of that fact. Perhaps I should ask them next time I am in.
In the days of busy, young, working professionals, taking the time to meet up for breakfast before work is a rarity. A friend and I do it whenever we can. On this particular occasion it was Valentines day… but don’t read too much into it. TAP Coffee offer a selection of pastries, muffins, and yogurts for the breakfast crowd. We went for the porridge which you can add a variety of toppings, honey, dried fruits and berries, chocolate chips, nuts etc.
The teaspoons look as though they have come from a grandmothers teaspoon collection, that have since been mixed with the rest of the cutlery. It’s a nice little touch that adds a charming quirk to the place.
They offer Loyalty Cards, and such an original idea. Each time you buy a coffee, they stamp another cyclist on the bicycle built for six. Collect them all, and you get a free coffee.
The staff are really friendly, and will have a bit of a chat and banter with you wile you wait for your coffee. One of the baristas made a point of pointing out that she hadn’t seen me in ages, and asked how I was, which is always nice to know you’ve been remembered.
It’s too far out of the way for me, and I put too many chocolate chips in my porridge. I’m an adult, I should have known better than to have chocolate for breakfast… when it isn’t Christmas or Easter.