Curators Coffee Gallery opened its doors in June 2014, the long awaited second venture from the people behind Curators following on from their successful Studio that opened in 2012. Describing themselves as ‘a small group of Antipodeans who are devoted to great tasting coffee’, we expect great things from Curators.
The Gallery is located a short walk from Oxford Circus and is the perfect escape from chaotic Oxford Street. It is spread over two floors making it significantly larger than the Studio, giving them plenty of room to create a welcoming environment with ample seating for customers to enjoy and relax. The shop itself was designed by Ana Foster-Adams with help from the craftsmen Made by Jason whose brief was to create a modern cafe and gallery space that stands out from the crowd, the result is a well designed coffee shop that goes against the norm with minimalist styling and no rough edges in sight.
White, grey and purple are the dominating colours, with a beautiful purple La Marzocco Strada EP sat on the dark wooden counter and hexagonal tiles decorating the side of the bar and walls. The purple accent colour continues throughout, with the custom EK43, decorative cushions and the staircase to their downstairs seating area. As a gallery it also displays works from local artists, recently including the talented Tim Shaw whose work is always a pleasure to see.
"A beautiful purple La Marzocco Strada EP sits on the dark wooden counter"
We visited early afternoon on a Saturday, the shop was busy but not hectic and we were able to find a table easily. First we had a flat white with their house espresso ‘Exhibition’ by Nude which is a single origin Brazilian coffee, this was a nicely poured enjoyable flat white with a hint of sweetness and caramel. Then we had a second flat white, unable to resist their guest espresso from Coffee Officina which was a single origin Guatemalan coffee. We were excited to see a smaller unfamiliar roastery being used as the guest and this coffee stood out with a particularly smooth finish. While we didn’t try the filter options, they also have an impressive brew bar with shiny copper pour over kettles and chemex neatly lined up, something that we’ll have to try next time.
During our visit Emma was behind the bar ensuring that everything was running smoothly, alongside Lucas and Chris who were helping with coffee and food prep. They seemed to be a good team who were enthusiastic and happy to talk about the coffee that they were serving. We enjoyed the coffee, the space and the conversation - it’s hard to find any fault with Curators Coffee Gallery. I am excited to see what they have in store for us over the next few months, Curators are one to watch.