Having lived in the UK a few times before, I had resigned to the fact that coffee I bought out would likely taste like mud that came out of the back of a cow. In fact in my previous visits I had so much of this cow bottom coffee that I was getting accustomed to it and was looking forward to the sense of familiarity of having it again. It turned out that the first place I went in London had amongst the best I've ever tasted, which was Speakeasy Espresso and Brew Bar in Canarby.
So it turns out that I am an expert in finding good coffee shops, in fact I may go as far as calling myself a coffee-hunting mage, or demigod. I know you're impressed, and the question at the forefront of your mind is "Richard, how can we learned to even be a tenth as good at finding great coffee shops than you?" Well you're in luck, because that's exactly what I'm going to do.
So here are my top three ways to figure out if a coffee shop is good:
I know what you're thinking, you're thinking it so loudly that I can hear it. You're thinking "Richard, this is way too much for a normal person to take on, stop showing off your expert skills, and take off that stupid propeller hat." Seriously though, take the time and effort to learn the above three tips. It would be ridiculous to try to master them all at once, so maybe try one a year for the next three years. And then maybe one day, you will enjoy the abundant life of a coffee hunting demigod mage aficionado. Maybe.
* There is no guarantee that any of this will extend your lifespan