If you wander into Aunty Peg's looking for a latte, you won't find one. But rather than being turned away, you'll be sat down at the bar. You'll be talked through the coffee, perhaps given a taste or a smell (no obligation, of course). And before you know it, you'll probably be sipping a nitrogen-charged cold brew straight out of a beer glass.
That seems like standard practice at Aunty Peg's, which opened late last year to showcase and sell the best beans Proud Mary can find. The drop-in coffee bar is attached to the newly relocated Proud Mary roastery, which is conveniently just a hop, skip and a jump from their flagship cafe.
There is one bar, three coffees on rotation, two options. Filter or espresso. Everything's black. You might try the fragrant Costa Rica Bajo de Celia filter (it came third in 2014's Cup of Excellence comp), or perhaps go for a nitrogen cold brew. This one is special: the Panama Geisha beans (a relatively new varietal) are brewed for 52 hours at 4 degrees, and then poured straight from the keg, giving it a beer-like texture. It's easy drinking and perfect for summer. There are decadent doughnuts and cakes baked upstairs by Gad Assayag (who's just come from Green Park) too.
The guys here know their coffee and they want you to know about it too. Watch them make your pour over filter at the bar, or drop in during the week, and find out how to brew your beans just right. Always wanted to learn how to use your French Press? This is your chance.
It's a vast space and the bar is just a small part of the Proud Mary story. As well as the warehouse and roastery, there’s the retail corner, training area and upstairs bakery and event space. For a coffee nerd, this is the ultimate school. And if you're still after that latte, Proud Mary is just around the corner.