Hello all! I'm working on a fic which takes place in an independent coffee shop in London. Other than a few Starbucks and Costas I haven't been to many coffee shops in the UK. I'm wondering how common filter coffee is. It seems like more people drink espresso and espresso drinks rather than drip/filter coffee, but some google sources claim it's becoming more common. (This is a good coffee shop so there's no instant coffee here!)
Would a coffee shop have a large pot (like these
) of brewed filter/drip coffee ready to go so that they just had to pour it for each customer (a la Starbucks) or would it still be rare enough that they would make individual pour over/French Press/etc. cups as they're ordered. When ordering coffee, would you call it "drip" or "filter" coffee or just coffee? If someone says they're going to grab a coffee can that be a broad term for any coffee or espresso drink?
As far as coffee drinks go, are there any versions you would consider far more common/popular? (i.e. lattes vs. americanos vs. mochas vs. chai tea lattes, etc.) Are there any coffee drinks that you may have heard of or seen in the US that are basically unheard of in the UK that I should watch out for? Similarly are there any coffee type beverages that you would consider rather British?
And I should probably make sure! Is coffee shop the correct term?
Thank you so much, coffee drinkers! I appreciate any feedback you can give me to any or all of those questions or if there are other pertinent things you think I might be forgetting.