The first Department of Coffee and Social Affairs opened on London’s iconic Leather Lane Market in late 2010. It was the culmination of 18 months work spent searching for the perfect shop and perfecting our craft. As we grew, we quickly understood that whilst a good shop and quality coffee were crucial, the key ingredient to success was our people. The enthusiasm, knowledge and professionalism of each member of our staff, help define and differentiate us in a rapidly growing market as more people understand the pleasure derived from a ‘proper’ cup of coffee, rather than, well, that other stuff.
We are a growing business with cafes in both the United Kingdom and the United States. Our cafes in the United Kingdom are in London, Bristol, and Manchester and our cafes in the United States are in Chicago. Our ambition continues to be delivering quality speciality coffee to more people every day.
Each of our shops has its own personality. Our philosophy is that no two shops should ever look alike, but we believe that whenever you come to a Department of Coffee and Social Affairs shop, the ‘constants’ will be great coffee and great people.