I'm fortunate enough that, more often than not, there's a really good café somewhere close by.
There's Café Vintage near where I live (a quaint place in N4 that combines cakes and second hand clothes), Vagabond N4 next to my brother's, and its bigger sister Vagabond N7 just about near enough to where I work.
In winter months I have desisted in straying so far, thus opening a gap that needed soothing with coffee and a sense of sweet, sweet habit.
I almost missed Ez and Moss as I pounded down Holloway Road after an impromptu lunch with Jayne from Jayne's Kitschen on Upper Street.
Turning sharply on my heel and peering through a foggy window I could confirm that yes, it was most certainly a new café and yes, I would most certainly be skating back at first given chance.
And so skate back I did and have done so many times since. And oh, what a lovely little gaff it is with warming colours, surprisingly delicious soy milk and vegan/vegetarian dishes (and I'm neither).
Ez and Moss makes the perfect bolt-hole for those who work in the area and a fine example of a community hub, proudly displaying Rowan Arts' fantastically interesting books 'Born and Bred' (documenting the lives of people born, bred and raised in the area) and 'Making Inroads' (documenting the lives of 40 people who have migrated to Holloway Road).
The connection between the two really highlights an area that is striving to regenerate and reposition itself as a pawn playing on the London board.
While Holloway Road is hardly a top the 'most desirable' location list, Ez and Moss is cleverly placed at the tip of Highbury and Islington's affluent yawn.
North of the station, it would seem that the 'Islington charm' stops dead, but with caffeine-players like Vagabond N7 and Ez and Moss, we may very well see a transformation of the area- hopefully one that manages its gentrification appropriately and strikes evenly with the existing culture of Holloway Road, already so rich in character.
With coffee playing a starring role as the social lubricant that transforms an area's culture, the establishment of a micro community in a city where it often feels difficult to associate yourself wholly, is more of what Holloway Road needs to get people talking.