We are an independent coffee shop between Deptford and New Cross who care a great deal about food, coffee and community. We try to run the cafe in a sustainable way and support other local, independent and eco friendly businesses. We use a range of locally and responsibly sourced produce and run our business on green renewable energy. From day one we have only used compostable packaging to help the planet a little and are always thinking up new ways to make things even better!
We're located at 481 New Cross Rd. London SE14 6TA, right on the corner!
We get our coffee from Alchemy. We chose Alchemy because they're a small independent business based in London, like ourselves. Their coffee is delicious and the vast majority of their beans is sourced directly from the farmers, ensuring the best possible price for the growers, much higher than the so-called fair trade prices. Our espresso is a medium roast blend, changing seasonally and always carries the warmth and sweet notes of chocolate. And their decaf is naturally processed and tastes as good as the real thing!
We make fresh, simple, nutritious food. We believe that good, clean food is key to good life and we designed our menu to provide all day options for a wide range of dietary needs and preferences.
We care a lot about where our food comes from and how the produce is made. We only use free range, heritage breed meat from Stockings Farm in Chiltern Hills - a small family farm run by Keith and his wife Elizabeth. Our salmon is smoked in Sussex by Springs Smokery - a traditional smokehouse, using no preservatives, just salt, smoke and time in their production. The salmon is hand filleted, never using machines, so that every side can be inspected for quality. All our eggs are organic and free range and come from British farms. The bread we use is a long-fermented sourdough that is easier on the digestion track thanks to the long fermentation process. The milk in our coffees is non-homogenised, which means it's easier to digest and tastes creamer than standard supermarket brands. We have local oat milk from Mama - a Deptford based company as well as organic soy and coconut alternatives. We also only use organic or grass fed butter, extra virgin olive oil and sea salt.
A lot of thought goes into our non caffeinated drinks, too! We use locally made, pesticides free juices from Bardsley Farms, natural fizzy drinks from Dalstons, organic ceremonial grade matcha, organic moringa, excellent quality chai without any additives, and still and sparkling water from Belu, who donate their profits to WaterAid.
art and community
We've dedicated our walls to art to give local artist a platform to show their work in their community. Joshua Drewe's mural, imagining the history of Deptford, permanently occupies one of the walls, while the work on the other wall changes regularly to coincide with the annual Deptford X Festival. The current mural is by artist Iva Decheva and is inspired by the significance and history of the river Themes in Deptford. The previous wall was created by Katie Whitford and was the artist's response to the interior of the Greenhouse. The previous artist in residence was Marketa Senkyrik whose work represented a visual journey inspired by her travels in India and Nepal. The mural before that was 'The Magical Fox' by artist Devora O'Neill and was painted with waste coffee from our cafe. Our shutters are a painting by Margaux Carpentier, inspired by the diversity of the local community and the history of Deptford.
We have worked with several not for profit organisations, supporting independent local galleries, fundraising to help the Syrian refugees, and helping people with learning difficulties find real work experience. We're also a pick up point for a local veg bag scheme, Lee Greens, bringing organic, seasonal vegetables directly from local farmers to Deptford!