The Journal

Frith Street

You won’t find many coffee houses with opening hours like our Frith Street store – serving coffee from 7 AM until 4 AM in the morning. This isn’t just because it’s London and we know that people want coffee at most hours of the day, but because Frith Street in itself is wholly unique. Lined with European cafes and restaurants, it’s as if a small part of Italy has come to life in the capital. Our coffee house invites you inside for some of the best people-watching you’ll find in the centre of the city, as well as a great…

Rose Blake
Caffè Nero Christmas with Rose Blake

Rose Blake is the illustrator and artist behind our 2017 festive cup design. Rose constantly challenges the notion that illustrations cannot maintain meaning without words – and she’s done just that with this year’s Caffè Nero festive cup design.

Cortado milk
Cortado: What makes it good

There’s something different about our Cortado. It’s all in the detail of how we’ve recreated a classic and introduced it to our collection.

Ristretto or espresso: the science behind a good cup of coffee

  This change in approach makes an important difference to the taste profile of the drink. A ristretto, meaning restricted, has a sweeter, richer flavour. An espresso’s more bitter. The ristretto maintains a sweeter taste thanks to a complex collection of over a thousand compounds that are responsible for the aroma of coffee. These compounds influences mouthfeel (bitterness, sweetness, sourness) which is perceived by the tongue. The ristretto’s extracted with roughly half the amount of water, meaning the shots are more concentrated with fewer total extracts. This gives a fuller shot with more body and fewer caffeine compounds, which typically account for the bitterness within an…