Curio Cabal is a warm, bustling café and coffee shop situated just a couple of minutes’ walk from Haggerston station on the Kingsland road. The café itself represents the natural expansion of the large communal workspace that occupies the rest of the building. As a result it acts as an informal focal point for the community of small businesses that has sprung up in the area over the course of the last few years. This is made immediately made obvious by the fantastic familiarity between the baristas and customers.
When Curio Cabal joined the Trezoro family we took the opportunity to catch up with head barista of two years, Adam, to learn a bit more about what makes the shop so special. Adam’s passion for quality coffee and tea is striking from the first moments of our conversation. Although a relative latecomer to the coffee revolution that has gripped London for the past decade, it is clear that he has caught the coffee bug in a big way. Trained extensively over the last three years, most recently at “Squaremile”, he enthusiastically highlights his plans to bring in single origin filter coffee and espresso offerings, as well as Chinese origin speciality teas over the next six months.
Adam’s plans to broaden the range at the coffee bar are not the only exciting schemes in the works at Curio Cabal. In addition to the thirty seats spread between the cosy indoor and outdoor areas, there are plans to double the size of the indoor café to sixty total, as well as revamp the coffee bar itself. The team have similarly ambitious plans to carry their long-standing association with specialist food pop-ups into 2016. Last year’s highlights included wine bar evenings laid on by Red Squirrel Wines as well as supper clubs put on by fantastic Caribbean outfit Pop’s Kitchen. You can find up to date listings for these events at their website but you’ll have to be quick to book before they fill up!
Curio Cabal are no slouches in the brunch department either. While they offer a great range of the usual suspects, with avocado and eggs featuring prominently throughout, Adam is keen to highlight a few slightly more unusual offerings such as kedgeree and fantastic chunky frittata. Most items on the menu run from £5-8 so you’ll be fed and caffeinated for under £10.
We’re delighted to have partnered with Curio Cabal, a great community hub working with small businesses to provide excellent coffee, food, and service. Make sure you remember to check in with the Trezoro app (iOS and Android) when you visit as they’re now offering a free coffee in every seven! You can check them out on their website at , or on their active social media pages – Twitter and Facebook.
Picture from their Twitter page