Coffee Circus – London N8


Coffee Circus:  Coffee ***  Food N/A (didn’t stay long enough to eat) Vibe ***
Best for Clutter and eavesdropping.

I’ve wanted to come into this nice little indy Cafe in Crouch End central, just opposite the Haringay Arms,  for a while. I came in once before with my kids, but had to leave when my olfactorally hyper-sensitive son, shouted “this place smells bad”, as soon as we were through the door.

It’s one of those quirky, let’s-fill-the-place-with-old-crap-that-people-might-find-endearing, joints. The coffee is a little lemony for my taste.  There are also some slightly odd goings-on with a bearded guy, that I can’t help noticing. He is kind of chatting up the young girl sitting next to me, using her dog (yes, dog in a cafe – this on its own is enough to deter me from returning to Coffee Circus, before we get to the aforementioned ‘goings-on’), as a point of mutal interest. From what I can work out, joining the conversation mid-flow, she has borrowed the dog(!) and he is tentatively offering to help her walk him, you know, in case that turns out to be a bit tricky. The bearded guy seems to be somehow connected to the cafe without obviously working there or appearing like her owns the place; he seems not to have his own drink anywhere, comes off as very much ‘at home’ and keeps disappearing into the staff only area to masturbate furiously*. He’s creeping me out a little, and the girl starts to sense  it too, because she and the borrowed dog soon head off. I’ve been distracted from writing by this little scene and to be honest I’m starting to feel a little wired from the coffee now.

N.B.I don’t know quite how much my opinion of this place was coloured by the fact that they day I went there I was trying to beat Sandyshoes 14 espressos in day record, and I was up to number 8 at this stage; read the full account here. I may have hallucinated the whole thing.

*authorial postulate.

  1. Dash says:

    I wondered what you meant by ‘goings on’ – but this does not sound like the kind of thing I want to accompany my macchiato!

  2. alex says:

    Disappointing review for one of the best coffee houses in Crouch End! Maybe you should try it again!

    • allthemacchs says:

      I can only tell you about my own experiences, and we all like different things, right? Nothing unites and divides as the taste for good joe, that’s what I’ve found. Also, my views may well have been coloured be the weird dude who was hanging around when I was there, and the fact that I was doing my ‘how many espressos (espressi?) can I drink in one day’ experiment that day, so you know, cut me some slack. I will go try it again though for sure. I’ll let you know how a second visit shakes out.

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