Reviews

The things people say of a man do not alter a man. He is what he is. Public opinion is of no value whatsoever – Oscar Wilde

If you’ve got the time to duck down an alleyway on the way to work, The Black Chapel, small and standing in the shadow of an old Huguenot chapel, does great coffee and a selection of pastries baked on the premises. The Londonist

.. a tremendous passion for world-class coffee, Anarchista also roasts his own using one of the smallest professional roasters on the market. Time Out

Anarchista Barista takes his beans and brewing technique very seriously. He uses beans from small local roastery Volcano Coffee (based down the road in Gipsy Hill), and any however this is what other interesting UK independents, such as Square Mile and Bristol-based Extract. He was a chef and a coffee machine servicer for 10 years, so he really knows his stuff.
Tales From The Tiny Kitchen

Whilst it’s positive that we’re seeing such an increase in independent coffee shop openings, the vast majority are identikit in style, merely ticking off trends in what has become slightly boring and uninspiring. It’s therefore refreshing to find a space that is doing it’s own thing, evolving along with the community, not simply changing the face of it’s home but working with it to improve things for all. Something I think many businesses would do well to learn from.

I ease myself into a window seat to gaze out onto the snowy tableau made for me but find myself drawn into the easy and convivial banter that is carried out amongst some local characters and light hearted heckling between barista Ant and his bunch of local and regular customers. The atmosphere is fun and enveloping, a comfortable fit amongst the quirky and eclectic backdrop of the shop. Faerietale Foodie

Have a browse, have a great coffee; a fun place to go drink joe. Damn Fine Joe

[The Black Chapel] is where you’ll find the last good coffee before you reach Brighton. Inside, Ant operates his La Pavoni lever machine, pulling shots Le Cool London

This is a great little place that breaks the mold of most cafes. Keeping it real in Crystal Palace. Qype

The coffee is amazing well worth a visit Crystal Palace Local

Retreat to this gem of a vintage shop (made famous for dressing Kate Moss) for what is arguably the best coffee in London. The amazing fairly-traded brews – carefully chosen by season and roasted at Extract Coffee Roasters – are ‘hand-pulled’ by Anto (…) on a restored Vintage 1964 Italcreme ‘spring lever’ Jellied Eel 

Lurking in the depths of Wandsworth is The Black Chapel, run by the Anarchista Barista, aka Anthony West. Another Leva devotee, Ant’s café is a scourge to the chains that surround him Eater London

London’s coolest baristas 2014 Coffee stop Awards

 

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