[H]AND is a very special popup. The Japanese clothing giant approached Has Bean about opening up inside their flagship store on the third floor of 311 Oxford Street and the result is a delightful brewed coffee and tea bar highlighting the quality of the drinks and manual preparation. Given the number of options nearby for flat whites and espressos, Has Bean have gone for a different approach, reminiscent of an updated version of the heady days of Square Mile’s Penny University pop-up. There is a choice of filter coffees and teas by Lalani & Co and tasting flights of either.
The use of state of the art gear: Tsubame handmade Kalita brewers, the Marco Mix elegant instant water system, Baratza Sette 270 grinders, Lalani & Co’s own Staffordshire made Aurora brewer and handmade cups from the East End of London inspires, but this café is taken to the next level by the quality of the staff and the quality of the beans and tea. Pete Williams, formerly Irish Barista Champion and formerly of 3fE and G&B in LA, holds the fort and he’s one of coffee’s great characters with a thousand great stories to tell and the patience to listen to yours. Other Has Bean related luminaries will pop by – Dale Harris was there on our first visit.
Cuppings will be held weekly (Wednesdays at 7:30pm for now) for the public to taste the range of Has Bean’s beans – and they have many beans. Steve Leighton’s coffees and Jameel Lalani’s teas deserve a showcase like this. Come down and visit while it lasts. Populate the bar or relax in Uniqlo’s sumptuous armchairs. Follow the escalator to the third floor or find the hidden secret lift. Just don’t miss this. And don’t ask for milk or sugar.Tweet