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13th June 2017


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Image Courtesy: Farm Girl Cafe

The Subterraneans

Push your shoulders and hands under the surface of the water.


Who: Farm Girl Cafe
Where: London, United Kingdom
What: Independent coffee shop.

Cat No: DW-350

What varieties of coffee do you sell?

We do a whole range of specialty coffee as well as a full range of superfood lattes and matchas.


Any current favourite methods of preparation?

We love using dairy alternatives to create unique flavours when pairing them with coffee, superfoods or matchas. 

How did you get into coffee?

I started in my parents coffee shop in Australia and continued to learn and further my skills in specialty coffee when I moved to London to work at Farm Girl.

What typically soundtracks your cafe/roastery?

It would almost be easier to answer with what doesn't soundtrack the cafe! We love having a diverse range of music in the cafe. Some days it's hip hop some days its salsa and others its completely accoustic. 

Are you into creating the whole existential coffee shop bohemian vibe? If not, what kind of atmosphere do you aim to create?

We aim to create a relaxed Australian cafe culture in the heart of London. Being from Australia there is definitley a strong desire to bring a little piece of home with you wherever that may be and coffee seems to be the best way to do so.

Do you think the city where you're based has any influence on how you operate?

I think it definitely does. Your business is only sucessful if people buy your products.

Craft coffee is pretty cool these days. Do you think you have anything in common with the world of independent artistic culture, I suppose we’re thinking about how you seem to share an independent spirit with regard to presentation, innovation etc? Is coffee production an artform?

There is so much to learn and so many new techniques to be discovered from like minded baristas. Being an independant company there is no pressure to be like anyone else, you have the flexiblity to just do your thing. Latte art is purely that, it's art. Many customers have come to expect a picture on top of their hot drink. It's a bit like giving a slighlty different drawing to each person but instead of a pen/paint we use milk.

There’s a lot of terminology involved in specialist coffee production. Do you have to be a bit of a geek (in a good way) to be involved in it?

No, not at all! There is a lot more to understand when roasting the coffee beans but as for making/serving a drink there isn't anything a bit of training can't teach someone.

Do you involve yourself in many live-events? Working with artists from other mediums such as music, DJing, art, design, etc?

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