Cafe Amicus, which is in the same building as the new cafe-restaurant Black Walnut, is the latest development to take aim at the “frivolous” coffee culture in the city.
In addition to being one of the few cafes in the capital that offer espresso, the cafe-bars offer coffee and tea, as well as a full range of vegan and gluten-free options.
“We’ve created a cafe that is focused on serving the healthiest, most compassionate coffee possible, and we want to empower people to make healthier choices,” the founders of Cafe Amicis, Lola Toulouse, and Olivier Garey, told The Hill.
Toulouse is an award-winning French coffee and art historian who has been involved in the development of the French coffee culture for decades.
The pair are both passionate about coffee culture, and their goal is to make coffee “the healthiest food in the world”.
They launched the cafe in the summer of 2016, and quickly received attention from local and national media, with many people describing it as the first cafe in London to be dedicated to health and environmental sustainability.
“Coffee is a social act,” Toulousse told The Daily Beast.
“It’s a great way to connect with other people and it’s a way of bringing people together, so we wanted to create something that would be a social, not just a commercial, space.”
Coffeeshop Amici was launched in September, and serves about 25 customers per day.
Its menu is made up of local and imported ingredients, as opposed to the American-style menu of fast food chains, and its vegan and vegetarian options include soups and salads, aswell as a wide range of coffees.
Toupés include a vegan chocolate cake with almond buttercream and walnut and chocolate crème brulee, and vegan and plant-based macarons.
“The focus on vegan food and sustainability is really important for us,” Toure told The Associated Press, adding that the café’s mission “is to empower all the people of London to create better coffee and the environment that supports it.”
The café-bar’s concept has been evolving since its inception in August, and is now being expanded by the two founders and the team behind it.
They’re planning to open their first café-restaures in 2019.
“Our goal is that we’re opening as many coffeeseries as we can and it has been a real challenge to find the right places,” Toutou said.
“There are many cafes that are open all the time, but this is a new trend.”
Toutou and Gareys have been working with local and international cafes to bring coffee to the public in a “non-commercial, non-competitive way” to give it the “right kind of taste.”
“We’re doing everything to make it as accessible as possible, not only for people to come and enjoy the coffee, but for people from the coffee-world to come to see it and be inspired by the coffee that we are creating,” Gareyd said.
“It’s the way that people want to drink coffee, it’s the taste, and it brings people together and it is the way we want coffee to be made.”
In addition, the duo are expanding the concept of the cafe to include a “sustainable cafe” and “vegan café,” where customers can purchase vegan and vegan-friendly products and coffee.
Toutous also shared a list of potential locations that they hope to open by 2021.
“I think it will be a lot of fun,” Gerey told The Telegraph.
“If we have a good time, we’ll try to make the best coffee that the cafe can offer.
If we don’t have that great time, then it’ll be a little bit of a loss.”
The founders hope to serve coffee in London’s coffee-lounge and café culture, in addition to other restaurants in the area, and have been in talks with the City of London’s planning department about opening coffee shops in other areas of London.
The cafe-bar is part of a much larger plan for the development and growth of the coffee industry in the UK.
Last year, the government announced plans to invest more than £2 billion ($2.3 billion) in the coffee sector, with plans to create 200,000 jobs and create over £5 billion of economic activity over the next decade.
The new coffee shop is the culmination of an investment of £2.2 million ($3.4 million) from the British Coffee Association, and £500,000 ($726,000) from The Food and Drink Research Foundation.