Sharps

A coffee shop and barber combo may seem to be a bit odd at first...

Visited on the 22 November



Sharps Coffee Bar can be found at the front of Sharps Barbers on Windmill Street in Fitzrovia, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Tottenham Court Road. A coffee shop and barber combo may seem to be a bit odd at first, as you wouldn’t usually associate hair with coffee. However the combination works, as neither operation gets in the way of the other and the pride that they show in their crafts helps to bring them together in this space.

The coffee bar takes up the front of their shared unit, with a sleek counter moulded from concrete, white tiles and wooden cladding, but it is their Kees Van der Westen Spirit that takes centre stage alongside their EK 43. This is no mere ‘reception’ area for the barbers, this is a coffee bar that means business.

Flat Whites

Initially this venture was curated by DunneFrankowski, a coffee consultancy headed by Vic Frankowski and Rob Dunne. They are well known for their coffee bar that was found at Protein on Hewett Street in Shoreditch and their reputation helped to bring Sharps to the forefront of the coffee scene in London. They are known for their exceptional coffee and their tenure at Sharps was no different.

Kees Van der Westen Spirit

Currently Sharps Coffee Bar is being led by Jacek Malinowski, previously of The Black Lab in Clapham Common. During our most recent visit we chose first to have a flat white made with Workshop’s Cult of Done v19. We then moved onto an AeroPress coffee each, I chose to have Square Mile’s Wottona Sidamo and Ben opted for their Wonago Yirgacheffe which were served neatly and expertly brewed catering to both of our differing filter coffee preferences. We chatted with Jacek in between him serving customers and learned more about his enthusiasm for the coffee scene, especially in his native Poland. He also spoke excitedly about getting coffee from The Barn in Berlin which we will definitely be returning for.

"the pride that they show in their crafts helps to bring them together in this space"

Sharps has a friendly atmosphere and since opening last year they have grown into their space, rearranging the seating and experimenting with their food offerings. We enjoy Sharps Coffee Bar as you are guaranteed a good coffee and their regular rotation of roasters means that you can often try something new. The coffee bar is in good hands with Jacek and we look forward to seeing what he has planned in the upcoming months.

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