Bradley started off with one of Hi Coffee's newest, innovative coffees, the Red Velvet Cake Coffee. Straight away, he described it as “lovely”. He said it “tastes like cake, which is unbelievable.” However, he also said that the coffee got sickly after a while. This coffee gets a 5/5.
For his second coffee, Bradley had the Caramel Shortcake Latte, topped with whipped cream and toffee sauce. And yes, it looked as nice as it sounds. With this coffee, Bradley said that it was “sex in a cup”, it was “delicious” and it tasted “just like caramel shortcake” adding that it was “awesome”. Sounds like a good overall cup of coffee. So good that he gave it a 5/5.
His overall ratings included, customer service with 5/5, atmosphere with 3/5 and coffee presentation with 5/5.
Over to Daniel now, who started off with the White Chocolate Mocha, which he said tasted just like a bar of white chocolate. However, he added that “it tastes more like coffee than chocolate. To get the blend right, they'd need to work on getting everything at the right amount.” Nonetheless, he gave this white, fluffy coffee 4/5.
For his second coffee, he had the Maple Spice Latte, which was topped with whipped cream, cinnamon and chocolate sprinkles. Again, I heard the words “sex in a cup”, but from Daniel this time. He said that he could really “taste the spice”. He also mentioned that he wasn't sure if chocolate and cinnamon would go together, but they tasted nice together in the Maple Spice Latte. He rated this one 4/5 too.
Daniel expressed his sympathy with how hard it must be for Hi Coffee to be seen by passers by because of it being located at the back section of the train station. Also, there are two other cafes nearby; one on a different platform and the other attached to the outside of the station.
His other ratings included, customer service 5/5, atmosphere 2.5/5 and coffee presentation 5/5.
Last but not least, over to me. I started off with the more boring choice of a black Americano, so that I could get a real taste of their coffee blend. I like that they use their own blend because it makes their coffee exclusive. However, I wasn't fan of it. It didn't seem smooth, and tasted quite bitter and dry. From me, the Americano gets 2/5.
Secondly, I chose to try out the Red Velvet Cake Latte because of how nice Bradley's looked. The first thing that hit me was the smell, it was like being in a cake factory at Christmas, trust me I've been there. As well as that, the taste was lovely and the presentation was very welcoming, with a nice touch of red, crunchy sugar crystals on top of the whipped cream. However, even with the lovely taste, I found that it didn't linger on the tongue, with nearly no after taste. And like Bradley, it tastes sickery after I got half way through it. From me, it gets 3/5. I'm a tough judge, it seems.
My other scores include, customer service with 5/5, atmosphere with 3/5 and coffee presentation with 5/5.
The reason for the low scores on its atmosphere is because of it being based in a busy, noisy train station, which isn't something that the cafe can help. Although, Hi Coffee do describe themselves as an on-the-go cafe for people who are in a rush.
Overall, I love this modest cafe that's unfortunately hidden away. The customer service is amazing, with some of the loveliest baristas I've ever met, and the coffee is rich, presentable and innovative. Also, it's great that they're so active and engaging on social media, which is great for gaining customers and fans. The reason I heard about them was from Twitter.
It's unfortunate that the Hi Coffee isn't easy to find, but when you do, you'll love it! Their overall rating is 4/5.