For 134 years, a Soho coffee shop has adhered to tradition – and it is not about to stop now.
Algerian Coffee Stores has stood proudly on Old Compton Street since the 1880s and has developed a reputation as a popular hangout spot for Londoners.
It carries over 200 different beverages, including 80 different varieties of coffee and approximately 120 loose leaf teas. Despite inflation, the coffee shop maintains low prices, charging £1 for an Americano and £1.50 for a latte or cappuccino.
Before leaving, customers can expect to learn the distinctions between blends from Indonesia, Africa, and India. Since the doors opened 134 years ago, the name and location have remained constant.
For those interested in learning more about their beverage, its devoted staff can also explain the difference between their ‘high roast’ and ‘medium roast’ blends.
“We are a family-run business, and we strive to maintain a family atmosphere in the shop,” owner Marisa Crocetta explained.
“One thing that many people are unaware of is that we are a single shop; our thriving mail order business is processed and shipped from the shop.” Our small team takes care of everything. There is no warehouse or manufacturing facility – only us.”