I was really pleased to walk past this morning and see that it has re-opened.
Never really seen what all the fuss is about - some people do certainly seem to have it in for this place! Perhaps people need to lighten up a bit - personally I find the majority of the gags written on their board pretty benign, certainly not offensive. The occasional one makes me smile and at least they put in an effort (I appreciate that isn't always the case with their service...) and are doing something different.
For what it's worth (and most importantly for a coffee shop), I think they do a better than average coffee - nowhere near as good as Monmouth or Tinderbox but considerably better than Costa or Starbucks .
It's a convenient thing to have on the street (much, much better than another estate agent or empty building) so I will keep using it. The fact that it is (semi) independent is all the better.
Phraze - It is in Angel, at the south end of Upper Street (pretty much opposite Angel Tube). A great coffee(in my humble opinion) and I think they have only two outlets, one here and one in Glasgow so not exactly a household name.
I heard rumours of an auction of all their internal fit out (bar the coffee machine!) about a month ago and haven't been along since so not sure if they were either moving or refurbishing. Would be interested to hear if they have!
A footnote to the previous discussion: I related the sign incident to an Australian friend, who told me she had seen a sign saying "Americans welcome with adult supervision" outside the [email protected] by Tower Bridge, before it closed. As she said, "It must be a theme for that chain."