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The Independent

Brighton & Hove

Coffee Guide


THE OPEN MARKET BRIGHTON

MARSHALLS ROW BN1 4JU

SUNDAY

11 AUGUST 2019

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INTRODUCTION What a year it has been in the world of Brighton coffee. Not only have we seen an explosion of artisan coffee shops opening across Brighton and Hove but we’ve also seen many local shops pushing into roasting territory to great effect. In last year’s guide we featured what we considered to be the very best speciality coffee shops in the city, amounting to 27 in total. However, the eruption of coffee houses over the last 12 months now sees us feature an incredible 52 shops, with many also just missing out. While we’ve seen a fantastic number of additions coming into the city, we’re also sad to see the loss of some, as we say a sad farewell to Point One Coffee, amongst others. The coffee scene is still growing and each year we are finding more and

more impressive shops and roasteries basing themselves in Brighton. We’re also excited with news of the first ever Brighton Coffee Festival in 2019, and we couldn’t be more pleased to be the official media partners for the event. While we wait to see what developments arise in the trends, technology and quality to come in speciality coffee in 2019. We take a look at the future of water filtration in the home as well as storing coffee and the pourover vs batch brew debate. Whether you’re a Brighton-based coffee fanatic or a tourist visiting for the day, we hope this extensive guide into the very best artisan coffee in Brighton can help, inform and, of course, guide you in your pursuit.

Daniel White, David Sexton Editors


CONTENTS KEMPTOWN & LONDON ROAD

10. REDROASTER 12. TWIN PINES 13. GROUND COFFEE HOUSE 14. PORTLAND 16. THE LONGHOUSE CAFE 17. AFRICA HOUSE 18. PRESUMING ED COFFEE HOUSE 19. GLAZED 21. PHOENIX COFFEE HOUSE 22. THE PLANT ROOM (DELI) 23. THE FLOUR POT (FIVEWAYS) 25. TILT 26. BREWED 27. THE FLOUR POT (ELM GROVE)

NORTH BRIGHTON 30. BLEND & BREW 31. COFFEE AT 33 32. DOUGH LOVER 32. MOKSHA CAFE 34. THE FLOUR POT (SYDNEY ST) 35. PELICANO 36. BLACK MOCHA 38. SILO 39. JOLLIFFES 41. SMALL BATCH (JUBILEE ST) 42. BOND ST. COFFEE

SOUTH BRIGHTON 46. TRADING POST COFFEE 48. THE MARWOOD COFFEE HOUSE 49. THE LANES COFFEE HOUSE 49. LOST IN THE LANES

50. BLACKBIRD COFFEE 51. THE PLANT ROOM (BRIGHTON SQ) 53. THE FLOUR POT KITCHEN

WEST BRIGHTON & HOVE 56. GROUND COFFEE HOUSE (SEVEN DIALS) 57. SMALL BATCH (SEVEN DIALS) 57. THE FLOUR POT (SEVEN DIALS) 59. OKKA 60. BETWEEN TWO THORNS 61. STONEY POINT 62. SMALL BATCH (NORFOLK SQ) 63. DOWN TO EARTH COFFEE 64. THE FLOUR POT (FIRST AV) 66. SMALL BATCH (WILBURY RD) 69. PHARMACIE COFFEE ROASTERS 71. SMALL BATCH (GOLDSTONE) 73. HIXON GREEN 74. CAFE PORTEUR 75. TREACLE & GINGER 77. 44 POETS 78. THE PLANT ROOM (PORTSLADE) 80. BLEND COFFEE CO. 81. SMALL BATCH (PORTSLADE)

OTHER 82. COFFEE SHOP GLOSSARY 84. PELICANO INTERVIEW 88. THE FILTER COFFEE DEBATE 90. WATER FILTRATION SOLUTIONS 92. THE PLANT ROOM INTERVIEW 95. SCAA COFFEE TASTING WHEEL 95. STORING COFFEE AT HOME


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RED ROASTER 1D St James’s Street, Brighton BN2 1RE redroaster.co.uk

Mon - Fri: 7am - 5pm

01273 686 668

Sat: 7am - 5pm

info@redroaster.co.uk

Sun: 7am - 5pm

More and more coffee shops appear to be opening across Brighton & Hove every day, but Redroaster were one of the first, all the way back in 2000. Situated at the bottom of St James’s Street, Redroaster is Brighton’s original artisan coffee shop. The only organic roasters in the south have been roasting single origin speciality coffee in the city since they began. The location is visually stunning, the high ceilings and marble topped counters combining with the vibrant green foliage to create an incredibly tranquil space. An intelligent design, and a

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helping hand by World Interiors Designer of the Year Hana Hakim, allows this famous café to transform into the modern botanical restaurant Pike & Pine, with food prepared by Michelin Star chef Matt Gillan and his team. The cafe showcases their Sanctuary blend, which is the roastery’s most popular blend, and always feature a second seasonal espresso picked by head roaster Rob Ross. With an open plan layout inside, sun-facing seating outdoors and organic coffee on offer, Redroaster is certainly a Brighton institution.

Machine: Kees Van Der Western Spirit

Espresso: £2.50 Americano: £2.50 Flat White: £2.80

Grinder: Victoria Arduino Mythos 1

Latte: £2.80

Roaster: Redroaster

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REDROASTER COFFEE WHOLESALE

PLEASE GET IN TOUCH: DIANA | ROASTERY OPERATIONS WHOLESALE@REDROASTER.CO.UK 01273 605953

CELESTE, REDROASTER COFFEE FARMER KININI, RWANDA

WE’LL ROAST THE MOST INCREDIBLE COFFEE FOR YOU, FRESH TO ORDER, AND DELIVER IT TO YOUR CAFE OR OFFICE FOR FREE If you’re interested in serving meticulously roasted, delicious coffees from some of the best producers in the world we would love to work with you. We can help you serve the coffee perfectly and you can access free training from an introduction to coffee right through to roasting. Our roasters, competition level barista’s and trainers are available to you for free to help make the perfect cup for your customers and team.

Since 2016 we changed our business so we can directly support our Rwandan farmers and the people supporting them. The proceeds from the coffee have recently built a large school, and we are currently constructing a hospital to serve 900 people per month. These projects are part of a wider program which has included safe water, a community centre, farm equipment and training and we work towards helping the area reach full self-sufficiency.

ROASTING IN KEMPTOWN SINCE 2000 REDROASTER.CO.UK


TWIN PINES 11 St James’s Street, Brighton BN2 1RE twinpinescoffee.com

Mon - Fri: 8am – 6.30pm

0797 102 5373

Sat: 9am – 7pm

info@twinpinescoffee.com

Sun: 9am – 7pm

Situated in the heart of Kemptown’s St James’s Street, Twin Pines offers a recluse from the hustle and bustle of city life. Friendly, knowledgeable staff are welcoming from the moment you enter and are always willing to talk coffee. You can choose to situate yourself next to the sprawling shop front window and watch the action up and down one of Brighton’s busiest streets, or tuck yourself away downstairs where comfortable seating, perfect mood lighting and a tranquil environment make it the ideal spot to catch up on some emails, or simply enjoy a great coffee with a great

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book. Offering a guest espresso each month, as well as their excellent house blend, the coffee coming out of Twin Pines is always of the highest quality. While they may have one of the most impressive-looking espresso machines in the city, it is in the filter arena that the team really come into their element. With a selection of filter options, Twin Pines create one of the best pourovers in Brighton, hands down, so add it to your list and make a trip to Kemptown. Just don’t leave without checking out the stunningly swanky toilets.

Machine: Slayer

Espresso: £2.00 Americano: £2.50 Flat White: £2.80

Grinder: Mahlkonig Peak, Mahlkonig EK43

Latte: £3.00

Roaster: Guest Rotation

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GROUND COFFEE HOUSE 34-36 St George’s Road, Brighton BN2 1ED groundcoffeehouses.com

Mon - Fri: 7.30am - 4.30pm

01273 696 441

Sat: 8.30am - 4.30pm

info@groundcoffeehouses.com

Sun: 8.30am - 4.30pm

Refurbishing an establishment can be a risk, but Ground Coffee House in Kemptown have pulled one off with aplomb. It’s managed to retain a minimalist feel whilst becoming more open and inviting. Ground has a balance in all they seem to do, from their design to their coffee. When you see somewhere offering coffee by the excellent Pharmacie Coffee Roasters you are usually in for a treat. We’re pleased to say that Ground can get the best out of the beans. The long black we tried had bright and fresh citrus notes before slowly giving

There are also a range of sandwiches and pastries available, which are an always welcome accompaniment to a good cup of coffee. The walk up to Ground is definitely one worth taking if you find yourself with a free afternoon and want to taste some of the best coffee Brighton has to offer.

Machine: Simonelli Aurelia T3

Espresso: £2.00 Americano: £2.30 Flat White: £2.60

Grinder: Mahlkonig K30, Mahlkonig EK43

Latte: £2.60

Roaster: Pharmacie Coffee Roasters

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Founded: 2009

way to a deeper, rich berry flavour as it cooled. Kemptown, like London Road, is one of the areas of Brighton that is starting to carve itself out as a bit of a coffee destination.

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PORTLAND 90 St. George’s Road, Brighton BN2 1EE portlandbrighton.com

Mon - Fri: 8am – 5pm

01273 660893

Sat: 9am - 5pm

hello@portlandbrighton.com

Sun: Closed

Up in Kemptown sits Portland, a charming little coffee shop that can be easy to miss. We spoke to the owner, Philip, who said it had been recently refurbished and that he had a vision for it to be an informal space for people to meet, work, and relax in. It’s safe to say that he has achieved this, with the walls adorned by works from local artists and craftspeople for sale, and regular art classes taking place in the space.

nuts, with a great mouthfeel. They have a choice of single origin on filter, and a selection of teas and sandwiches on the giant blackboard that covers the entire right hand wall. It may be hidden away, and a bit of a walk from the centre of town, but if you find yourself in Kemptown you should do yourself a favour and seek Portland out.

Portland serve Small Batch Coffee on their espresso machine, a smooth and classic choice for Brighton. The coffee has notes of chocolate, caramel, and

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Founded: 2017 Machine: La Marzocco Linea EE

Espresso: £2.00 Americano: £2.40 Flat White: £2.50

Grinder: Fiorengato F64 Evo

Latte: £2.60

Roaster: Small Batch Coffee Roasters

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THE LONGHOUSE CAFE 16 York Place, Brighton BN1 4GU thelonghousecafe.com

Mon - Fri: 8am - 5pm

0753 858 3806

Sat: 9am - 6pm

chris@thelonghousecafe.com

Sun: 10am - 6pm

Upon entering The Longhouse Cafe you are instantly met by a clean, open layout decked with ceiling-hanging plants, lively artwork on the walls, wooden chairs and tables, and welcoming baristas. Although the owners have changed since the last edition, we’re happy to say that The Longhouse is still very much worth visiting. Serving single origin espresso from Horsham Coffee Roaster, this fresh-feeling coffee shop is well-known for its sweet coffee with chocolate and nut flavours, and a toffee mouth feel.

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Founded: 2017

The café’s slogan is ‘Born in Brighton. Created by the community. Powered by plants’. With a menu serving 100% vegan food, hanging plants from local specialists Spiderplant, as well as occasional “pop up’s” featuring other local food and drink, this community powered coffee shop is one that shouldn’t be taken for granted. It’s best to keep an eye on social media if you want to keep up to date with all of The Longhouse Cafe’s offerings, with plenty of evening events including their Longhouse Lates as well as pop-ups from the likes of Plant Fetish and more.

Machine: La Marzocco Linea 1

Espresso: £2.00 Americano: £2.20 Flat White: £2.60

Grinder: Mazzer Lux, Mazzer Robur

Latte: £2.80

Roaster: Horsham Coffee Roaster

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AFRICA HOUSE 5a Brunswick Row, Brighton BN1 4JZ facebook.com/Africa-House-Brighton

Mon - Fri: 8am - 5pm

07741 910704

Sat: Closed

monique@africa-house.co

Sun: Closed

Newly opened in the London Road area is a celebration of all things African, the beautiful Africa House. The interior is bright and airy, with plenty of space to work, sit at the window watching the world go by, or read one of the many wonderful books on display. Visitors are encouraged to make use of the space how they wish, emphasised by the adage above the door which reads: “Connect. Conserve. Explore.” We tried a Huge Mt washed Rwandan as an espresso, roasted by the excellent Pharmacie Coffee Roasters,

and were even offered two separate recipes. The rich, punchy flavour made way for a fuller bodied feel as it cooled, but still retained a slight delicious tang. As well as learning that many of the staff went through the Pro Barista Course offered at One Church Brighton, we later found out that the coffee is a charitable collaboration between Pharmacie, Falcon Specialty, and Africa House. From the flavour, to their ethics, and approach to staffing, Africa House are doing coffee the right way, in every way.

Espresso: £2.20 Americano: £2.40

Machine: La Marzocco Linea

Flat White: £2.50

Grinder: Mazzer Luigi Spa

Latte: £2.70

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Founded: 2018 Roaster: Pharmacie Coffee Roasters

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PRESUMING ED COFFEE HOUSE 114 London Road, Brighton BN1 4LJ presuming-ed.com

Mon - Fri: 8am - 7pm

01273 911 991

Sat: 9am - 7pm

harry@themarwood.com

Sun: 10am - 7pm

Just like its sister shop The Marwood Coffee House, Presuming Ed boasts a distinct style in a wonderful location. It is also a fully licensed bar and venue with a number of drinks on offer, including cans of craft beer. The coffee is silky smooth and works perfectly when paired with a generous portion of carrot cake or a salted caramel brownie. It is clear that a lot of effort goes into milk preparation, with their lattes boasting a velvety texture at the right temperature to drink instantly. Presuming Ed balances both a relaxing atmosphere and the “buzz” that many

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Founded: 2014

search for in a coffee house; the venue is so spacious that you can find a spot amongst the action, or squirrel yourself away in a corner for a quiet drink. In fitting with The Marwood, the shop it wonderfully eclectic, featuring trainers, console controllers and action figures hanging from the ceiling, as well as odd mannequin limbs poking out from all kinds of angles. Presuming Ed also puts on more events than the average coffee shop, both during the daytime and the evening, so you’re sure to find something interesting happening soon if you visit.

Machine: La Marzocco GB5

Espresso: £2.00 Americano: £2.10 Flat White: £2.60

Grinder: La Marzocco Vulcano

Latte: £2.70

Roaster: Cast Iron Coffee Roasters, Guest Rotation

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GLAZED COFFEE 25 Ditchling Road, Brighton BN1 4SB glazedcoffee.co.uk

Mon - Fri: 8am - 7pm

0781 789 1945

Sat: 8am - 7pm

@glazed_coffee

Sun: 9am - 5pm

If you’re looking for a laid-back spot to enjoy great coffee, then look no further. Based next to The Level skatepark, this hidden gem is unlike any coffee shop in the city. Skateboards and prints deck the walls, while eclectic furniture is dotted around the room and, with Donald the dog relaxing on the rug, this feels more like your lounge than a coffee shop. Talking of lounge vibes, resting on a bench inside is a SNES Mini, perched next to speakers, skateboard trucks and a print of Rick and Morty, it offers the

opportunity to kick back and play your favourite old-school game while enjoying a great coffee. This all culminates to create an incredibly relaxed atmosphere, allowing you time to pick from their selection of single origin guest espressos, which always originate from Africa. As if that wasn’t enough, their variety of delicious vegan doughnuts is the perfect accompaniment to Glazed’s artisan coffee offering; but make sure you act fast, as these tasty treats have a habit of selling out quickly.

Espresso: £2.00 Americano: £2.00

Machine: La Marzocco Linea PB

Flat White: £2.50

Grinder: Sanremo SR50

Latte: £2.70

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Founded: 2016 Roaster: Guest Rotation

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VA358 White Eagle Mythos One Residence Hackney Rd

VA Machinery 36 Tanner St, London SE1 3LD +44 (0) 203 488 3478

Website: vamachinery.com Email: info@vamachinery.com Social: @vamachineryuk


PHOENIX COFFEE HOUSE 51 London Road, Brighton BN1 4JX facebook.com/pg/phoenixcoffeebtn

Mon - Fri: 8.30am - 5.30pm

01273 570202

Sat: 9am - 5pm

phoenixcoffeebtn@gmail.com

Sun: Closed

London Road has had a bit of a revival over the last year or so, with many quality coffee houses opening within the last 12 months. One of the hidden gems of the area is Phoenix Coffee House, serving locally roasted beans from Lazy Dog Coffee Roasters. We tried their Mellow Lazy Dog Blend, containing a mix of Mexican Finca La Laja and a Peruvian SHG, which was initially chocolatey making way for a nutty aftertaste, with a smooth, balanced mouthfeel. Phoenix Coffee House has a rustic,

retro feel, with old video game consoles sitting atop vintage wooden furniture. As we entered there was a couple playing Tony Hawk’s on the PS2 and the owner Martin was busy making homemade sausage rolls behind the counter. As well as the homemade cakes and snacks, freshly made sandwiches, wraps, and baguettes are also available. If you have a love for coffee, homemade food, and great games, Phoenix Coffee House is a must visit.

Espresso: £2.00 Americano: £2.20

Machine: Nera Visacrem

Flat White: £2.40

Grinder: Mazza Luigi

Latte: £2.60

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Founded: 2017 Roaster: Lazy Dog Coffee Roaster

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THE PLANT ROOM DELI 57a London Road, Brighton BN1 4JE theplantroomcoffee.com

Mon - Fri: 8.30am - 5.30pm

01273 977779

Sat: 8.30am - 5.30pm

deli@tpr.coffee

Sun: 9.30am - 5.30pm

The Plant Room Deli is one of London Road’s many new coffee houses and, of all the new additions, the food on offer is some of the best in town. The entire menu is either vegetarian or vegan friendly, and everything is freshly prepared on site. Their vegan brownies pair nicely with the smooth, chocolatey, flavours of their Allpress Espresso beans. If you’re feeling particularly healthy, you can opt for a mixed salad and delicious strawberry and apple tea.

that fit beautifully with it’s bright, minimalist feel. A lot of thought has gone into how the space has been designed. From the simple wooden decals, to the light and airy decoration, everything seems to have a purpose. Enjoying a coffee and a plant based snack, surrounded by plants, in The Plant Room Deli, is a treat that everyone should enjoy.

As the name suggests, The Plant Room Deli is adorned with a number of plants

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Founded: 2018 Machine: La Marzocco Linea

Espresso: £2.30 Americano: £2.30 Flat White: £2.60

Grinder: Victoria Arduino Mythos 1

Latte: £2.60

Roaster: Allpress Espresso

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THE FLOUR POT BAKERY 138 Preston Drive, Brighton BN1 6FJ flour-pot.co.uk

Mon - Fri: 8am - 6pm

01273 945525

Sat: 8am - 6pm

fiveways@theflourpot.co.uk

Sun: 9am - 5pm

Sitting just off the Fiveways crossroad is The Flour Pot’s Preston Drive store. Situated in a calming residential area, you’re greeted by a window filled with fresh artisan bread and, once inside, you see the familiar sight of The Flour Pot’s checkerboard tiles. Unlike most Flour Pot premises, however, this one is cosy and homely rather than airy and light.

Flour Pot’s pastries, cakes, or freshly made sandwiches.

The room stretches and uncurls like a slinky spring once you move past the worker’s station, as the back end of the room opens out into a comfortable spot to relax with a coffee and one of The

Away from the flurry of central Brighton, this coffee shop is a sanctum, perfect for the local residents and those looking to get out of town for a peaceful coffee break.

The double espresso we tried had a big mouthfeel with notes of nuts and berries. Made using their very own Flour Pot blend, roasted by the company themselves, the coffee is bold and works perfectly alongside their selection of sweet goods.

Espresso: £2.00 Americano: £2.30

Machine: La Marzocco Linea PB

Flat White: £2.60

Grinder: Mazzer Major

Latte: £2.80

FIVEWAYS

Founded: 2016 Roaster: The Flour Pot

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TILT 134 Preston Drove, Brighton BN1 6FJ tiltcoffeeshop.com

Mon - Fri: 8am - 5pm

@tiltcoffeeshop

Sat: 8.30am - 4pm

hellotiltcoffeeshop@gmail.com

Sun: 9am - 3pm

Nestled just off of Brighton’s Fiveways in the north of the city sits Tilt, a homely café brimming with personality. Here you’ll find the buzz of the neighbourhood’s young families filling the workbench-like tables, surrounded by cookery books and the vibrant local artworks which adorn the walls. Away from the tourist horde, this special little spot is quintessentially Brighton, and manages it all without the slightest bit of pretence. The coffee is deep and chocolatey, with rich praline notes and a hint of black tea

– perfect for the cooler months – while a wholesome, largely vegetarian menu accompanies the hot drinks. Curated in-house by chef Helen and her team in an open kitchen, the generous food offering includes both detailed brunch and lunch menus, with plenty of salads, soups, quiches, and snacks to make sure visitors won’t go hungry. Be sure to check them out on social media prior to a visit – you may be lucky enough to stumble across one of the neighbourhood’s artisan pop ups and events which regularly take place in the café.

Espresso: £1.90 Americano: £2.40

Machine: La Marzocco Linea

Flat White: £2.60

Grinder: Nuova Simonelli 1

Latte: £2.80

FIVEWAYS

Founded: 2018 Roaster: Caravan Coffee Roasters & Guest Rotation

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BREWED 136 Lewes Road, Brighton BN2 3LG brewedroasters.co.uk

Mon - Fri: 8am - 5pm

facebook.com/breweduk

Sat: 9am - 5pm

cafe@brewedroasters.co.uk

Sun: 10am - 4pm

Take a little stroll down Lewes Road and you will come across, arguably, the best filter coffee in Brighton. Since opening three years ago this small shop has made a big impression. With a focus on filter coffee, you have the option to choose from one of their constantly rotating guest coffees. However, in 2018, Brewed began roasting their own coffee and you are now able to taste the fruits of their labour, with a range of single origin coffees handpicked by the people serving you. Although their focus is on filter, espresso is also available on their two-group

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Linea PB, and whether you’re looking to chat extraction rates or grab a latte and run, the Brewed team are always helpful and easy to talk to. It is not only in the coffee department that Brewed excel, though, as they offer a wealth of tasty breakfast and lunch options on their menu; ranging from a full fry-up to cauliflower fritters, handmade by their head chef right in front of your eyes. With an open brew bar and kitchen, this coffee shop breaks down the barrier between baristas and customers, offering a truly third wave coffee experience.

Espresso: £2.00 Americano: £2.00 Flat White: £2.70 Latte: £2.70


THE FLOUR POT BAKERY 124 Elm Grove, Brighton BN2 3BD flour-pot.co.uk

Mon - Fri: 8am – 6pm

01273 625854

Sat: 8am – 6pm

elmgrove@theflourpot.co.uk

Sun: 9am – 5pm

Situated about halfway up Elm Grove is a cosy little retreat bearing The Flour Pot name. As you enter, the usual treats are on display: the shelves of bread in the window, the range of cakes on the counter, the food, the black and white flooring, and the little plants on the tables are all Flour Pot trademarks. The design is a winner as it seems to work in both the larger, more minimalist locations, like The Flour Pot Kitchen, as well as the more cosy, community cafes such as this one. The Flour Pot are relative newcomers to the roasting scene, but we’re pleased to say that they’ve

hit the ground running. There was a nice tartness to the long black we tried, rather than being overpowering, it was subtle, bringing a plum jam, or a black forest gateau to mind. If they grow into their roasting the same way they did their baking, Brighton may have another big hitter in the roasting scene. We’ve mentioned many times that more and more cafes are opening across Brighton and it’s encouraging that there are still many places that are focussing on local communities. It is unlikely that many day trippers will wander up Elm Grove, but to the local residents, somewhere like The Flour Pot is indispensable.

Espresso: £2.00 Americano: £2.40

Machine: La Marzocco AV Linea Classic Grinder: Mazzer Major

Flat White: £2.50 Latte: £2.70

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Founded: 2015 Roaster: The Flour Pot

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BLEND & BREW 45 Trafalgar St, Brighton BN1 4FT cafedelgolfo.com

Mon - Fri: 7am - 4pm

@blend_brew

Sat: Closed

thecafehub@hotmail.com

Sun: Closed

Blend & Brew shows that good things do indeed come in small packages. A stone’s throw away from Brighton train station, Blend & Brew is speciality coffee at a great value. The cosy kiosk-like setup allows them to serve you a quality coffee without having to charge over-the-odds for it. In a town dominated by lightly roasted offerings, Blend & Brew’s beans are roasted by the owner in his native Italy, bringing more of a traditional Italian style to the south coast.

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The coffee is rich and smooth, with a slightly smokey edge which works really well with the full body of the espresso. If you’re in a rush for the train, on your lunch break, or just wish to simply sit in the sun, Blend & Brew has you covered. It’s a great spot if you’re looking for a quick fix without losing any quality for the speed of service.

Machine: La Spaziale S2

Espresso: £1.85 Americano: £2.10 Flat White: £2.10

Grinder: Mazzer Super Jolly

Latte: £2.10

Roaster: Felio, Guest Rotation

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COFFEE AT 33 33 Trafalgar Street, Brighton BN1 4ED @coffeeat33

Mon - Fri: 7.30am - 6pm

01273 462460

Sat: 9am - 6pm

coffeeat33@hotmail.co.uk

Sun: 10am - 5pm

What makes a great coffee shop? Is it the ambience, the coffee offering, the barista, the craft or the shop layout? The perfect shop represents different ideals for different customers. Whatever the focus, there’s normally an area that loses out. However, one coffee house that doesn’t struggle with its balance is Coffee at 33. Situated near the top of Trafalgar Street, this stripped-back shop is music-free, meaning that whether you’re looking to sit in peace and read, or plan to catch up with friends, the atmosphere is always peaceful and never intrusive. From locals looking for the perfect pourover to day visitors wanting

a takeaway latte, the baristas at 33 are always willing to make time for each and every customer, ensuring they are informed and happy with their coffee. Roasting their own coffee also ensures an expert level of knowledge when it comes to helping you select your ideal brew. Looking for food? Like everything they do, 33 offer a minimal, carefully selected choice of cakes and sandwiches. With a rustic interior that’s typified by their coffee sack covered seating area, this may be your new favourite coffee shop. Take the time and enjoy a great coffee made by some of the city’s most knowledgeable baristas.

Espresso: £1.90 Americano: £2.50

Machine: Mavam Under Counter

Flat White: £2.80

Grinder: Mazzer Luigi SRL

Latte: £2.80

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Founded: 2014 Roaster: Coffee at 33

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MOKSHA

4-5 York Place, Brighton BN1 4GU Moksha is a true family run, independent cafe and, since first opening its doors in 2007, has had numerous transformations in becoming what it is today. The coffee offering is of a high standard, with a range of hand brewed options available as well as their espresso. The V60 we tried was everything a hand brew should be: light, delicate, and delicious. The filter coffees complement the usual espresso options, which are made with beans roasted in nearby Littlehampton.

Roaster: Coffee Compass

Mon - Fri: 7am – 6pm

mokshacaffe.co.uk

Machine: La Marzocco Linea PB

Sat: 8am – 6pm

01273 248890

Grinder: Fiorenzato F64 & F83

Sun: 8am – 6pm

info@mokshacaffe.co.uk

Espresso: £1.80 Flat White: £2.70

Americano: £2.10 Latte: £2.50

DOUGH LOVER

99 Trafalgar Street, BN1 6UJ Dough Lover is more than just a place you’re not allowed to bring your laptop. The food is expertly crafted, with a focus on the finer details. They have their own milk making machine, which they use to create their own organic nut milk. The coffee they serve is worth trying, with or without nut milk. Their house blend is from Taylor Street Baristas, and they often have a ‘Wild’ guest roast option. Ask what is currently available on offer, just don’t ask what the Wi-Fi code is.

Roaster: Taylor Street Baristas, Guest Rotation

Mon - Fri: 8am – 6pm

doughlover.com

Machine: White Eagle

Sat: 9am – 6.30pm

01273 711 912

Grinder: Nuova Simonelli Mythos 1, Mahlkonig EK43

Sun: 89am – 6.30pm

@dough_lover_

Espresso: £2.00 Flat White: £2.70

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Americano: £2.50 Latte: £2.70


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THE FLOUR POT BAKERY 40 Sydney Street, Brighton BN1 4EP flour-pot.co.uk

Mon - Fri: 8am - 6.30pm

01273 621942

Sat: 8am - 6.30pm

hello@theflourpot.co.uk

Sun: 9am - 6pm

Home to one of the best bakeries in Brighton, The Flour Pot are always looking to improve their artisanal offering, including their coffee selection. This culminated early on in 2018 when the bakery began roasting their own coffee at Small Batch’s Wellington House. Moving on from their previous coffee supplier, Caravan Roastery, The Flour Pot’s house blend now offers a sweet aroma with cherry flavours and a silky mouthfeel. Once cooled it comes to life, creating notes of nuts and especially caramel.

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It is a sweet espresso which perfectly matches their focus on pastries and their baked offering. As the company continues to expand, with the addition of a new seafront-based shop in 2018 and further plans for 2019, it is exciting to see the direction The Flour Pot are heading in. With an already large following across the city, it is very encouraging to see that speciality coffee is still at the forefront for players as big as The Flour Pot.

Machine: La Marzocco AV Linea Classic

Espresso: £2.00 Americano: £2.30 Flat White: £2.60

Grinder: LM Vulcano, VA Mythos 1, Mazzer Major

Latte: £2.80

Roaster: The Flour Pot

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PELICANO COFFEE ROASTERS 28 Sydney St, Brighton BN1 4EP pelicanohouse.com

Mon - Fri: 9am - 7pm

01273 567808

Sat: 9am - 7pm

management@pelicanohouse.com

Sun: 8am - 7pm

Pelicano’s attention to detail is incredible. The logo that slowly reveals itself in the cup as you drink, the beautifully displayed food, and the wooden boards drinks are served on. It all adds up to a wonderful experience. From the decor to the drinks, there is clearly a philosophy behind everything they do. The coffee is the real star, though, roasted in the basement during the early hours of the morning, it doesn’t get much more local than that. With their espresso blend boasting dark chocolate notes with a hint of vanilla;

whether paired with milk, or black, it is well rounded. Aside from the coffee, Pelicano also offer a wide selection of delicious looking cakes and pastries to accompany your drink of choice. In the summer months, they also offer expansive outside seating, with tables and chairs situated in the lively Sydney Street, or out back in their picturesque garden. Everything about Pelicano is warm and welcoming. There are only so many ways of saying visiting this cafe is a lovely experience, but it truly is.

Espresso: £2.20 Americano: £2.40

Machine: La Marzocco Linea PB

Flat White: £2.60

Grinder: Mahlkonig EK43

Latte: £2.80

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Founded: 2014 Roaster: Pelicano House Roastery

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BLACK MOCHA 103 Gloucester Rd, Brighton BN1 4AP blackmocha.co.uk

Mon - Fri: 8.30am - 5.30pm

01273 690515

Sat: 8.30am - 6pm

hello@blackmocha.co.uk

Sun: 10am - 5.30pm

Black Mocha, unsurprisingly, is the place to go if you have a love of chocolate. Their range of hot chocolate rivals the selection of coffee options at many specialty coffee houses. Almost everything on the menu, both for food and drink, is vegan friendly; the highlight being their vegan hot chocolate. If tea is more your thing, there is a choice of 17 loose leaf teas to choose from. There is, of course, coffee available, both as espresso or hand poured filter. Unsurprisingly, the coffee itself, from Cast Iron Coffee Roasters, has notes of dark chocolate, as well as

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a hazelnut and caramel quality. It’s hard not to think of chocolate when in Black Mocha, but their coffee is as rich and flavourful as their treats. The venue itself is light and airy, with white walls and skylights making the most of an intimate environment. There is a choice of outside seating in the summer months, inside seating for winter and upstairs seating if you’re looking for a bit of peace and quiet. Whether upstairs or downstairs, Black Mocha is a quiet haven from the often overwhelming North Laine.

Machine: La Marzocco Linea

Espresso: £2.40 Americano: £2.40 Flat White: £2.60

Grinder: Victoria Arduino Mythos 1

Latte: £2.60

Roaster: Cast Iron Coffee Roasters

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SILO 39 Upper Gardner Street, Brighton BN1 4AN silobrighton.com

Mon - Fri: 7am - 7pm

01273 674 259

Sat: 7am - 7pm

contact@silobrighton.com

Sun: 8am - 6pm

Home to Brighton’s famous Upper Street Market, this bustling city street has garnered a reputation for great coffee and groundbreaking food thanks to the arrival of Silo in 2014. The innovative zero-waste coffee shop and eatery offers organic, single origin coffee from local roasters Coffee at 33 and, if you’re looking for great food at the same time, then look no further, as Silo offers award-winning cuisine without waste, thanks to their pre-industrial food system. As such, it has earned a reputation as is one of Brighton’s most unique locations and, as Britain’s first

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zero-waste restaurant, it’s leading the way for innovation in environmental concerns locally. When it comes to your coffee, nothing is wasted. Mushrooms are grown from the grounds while steamed milk remnants are turned into cheese. So, not only are you able to enjoy great coffee in a rustic environment but, with their dedication to recycling, you can sit back and know that you’re not hurting the environment at the same time. With great staff, a minimal interior that reflects Silo’s core values, and a great concept all round, we urge you to try for yourself.

Machine: Slayer Steam

Espresso: £2.00 Americano: £2.00 Flat White: £2.50

Grinder: Nuova Simonelli Mythos

Latte: £2.50

Roaster: Coffee at 33

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JOLLIFFES 35 Kensington Gardens, Brighton BN1 4AL @jolliffescoffeeshop

Mon - Fri: 10am - 5pm

07966 189253

Sat: 10am - 5.30pm Sun: 10am - 5pm

Anyone who’s walked down the busy Kensington Gardens street in the North Laine will know that sometimes you just need a small respite from the crowds. Luckily, Jolliffes offers this. If you decide to duck inside, you’ll be greeted by a surprisingly spacious location. Set out over two floors, Jolliffes brings Scandinavian sensibilities to mind but not the sleek functionality of modern IKEA furniture, but a warmer feeling. Classic wooden furniture and boarding, chalet styled, with woollen decorations. The walls are also adorned with art for sale. It reminds

of Tove Jansson’s Moomins, or Bergen in Norway if you’re lucky enough to have been. Fortunately, Scandinavia and coffee go hand in hand. On their espresso machine Jolliffes serve coffee from local roasters Redroaster, which creates a smooth offering that works well as a black coffee. The cakes available are what will catch the eye, with a number of fantastic options on offer. A coffee and a cake from Jolliffes is the perfect cure when those weekend crowds prove too much.

Espresso: £2.00 Americano: £2.30

Machine: La Marzocco Linea

Flat White: £2.60

Grinder: Mazzer Super Jolly

Latte: £2.60

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Founded: 2015 Roaster: Redroaster

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SMALL BATCH COFFEE 17 Jubilee Street, Brighton BN1 1GE smallbatchcoffee.co.uk

Mon - Fri: 7am - 7pm

01273 697597

Sat: 7am - 7pm

info@smallbatchcoffee.co.uk

Sun: 8am - 6pm

On Jubilee Street, located on the ground floor of MyHotel, is Small Batch’s flagship store. With a fully glass front, it is bright and busy with an obvious buzz within. Looking in, the four-seater brew bar is what is most eye catching, with four Hario syphon filters often bubbling away. V60 pourovers are also available, offering single origin coffee, and the baristas will do their very best to answer any questions you may have about the current bean or brewing method.

As with all the Small Batch stores, on their espresso machine they offer their house blend, the Goldstone Espresso which, like the single origins on offer, changes with the seasons. On their batch brew is the Blue Note filter blend, a great option to take-away as there’s no waiting around for it, just pay, fill up, and go. Cool in summer and warm in winter, with wide-stretching windows covering the entire front of the café, it is the perfect spot to sit down and watch the world go by.

Espresso: £2.20 Americano: £2.50

Machine: La Marzocco Linea

Flat White: £2.80

Grinder: Mahlkonig EK43, Simonelli Mythos 1

Latte: £2.95

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Founded: 2006 Roaster: Small Batch Coffee Roasters

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BOND ST. COFFEE 15 Bond Street, Brighton BN1 1RD bondstcoffee.co.uk

Mon - Fri: 8am - 6pm

078 0722 0121

Sat: 9am - 6pm

chris@bondstcoffee.co.uk

Sun: 10am - 6pm

A coffee shop for coffee lovers, Bond St. Coffee should be high up on the list of any coffee aficionado in Brighton. These baristas know what they’re doing and they do it well. More often than not you’ll be greeted by steamy windows and, once you step inside, you’ll be welcomed by one of the friendly and knowledgeable members of staff, with an option to choose from two single origin coffees. These coffees are roasted by the shop’s sister company and highly regarded roastery, Horsham Coffee Roaster. As

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such, the baristas at Bond St. have one main focus: to make your coffee taste as good as it possibly can. In this area they certainly excel, placing themselves in the upper echelons of coffee shops in Brighton. They also offer a single origin filter alternative and have recently begun cooking their own food in-store, with a choice of muffins, warm sandwiches and some of the best banana bread in town. While seating can be precious inside, it is the high quality coffee on offer that makes Bond St. a true gem in the Brighton coffee scene.

Machine: Strada 2EP

Espresso: £2.50 Americano: £2.50 Flat White: £3.00

Grinder: Mahlkonig EK43, Victoria Arduino Mythos 1

Latte: £3.00

Roaster: Horsham Coffee Roaster

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TRADING POST COFFEE ROASTERS 36 Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AB tradingpostcoffee.co.uk

Mon - Fri: 7am - 7pm

01273 911811

Sat: 7am - 7pm

brighton@tradingpostcoffee.co.uk

Sun: 7am - 7pm

One of Brighton’s most recognisable cafes, Trading Post is the perfect spot for the city’s workforce. With extensive seating upstairs, downstairs, and outside, as well as a plentiful supply of plug sockets inside and free Wi-Fi, you have nearly everything you need to work for days. The only thing missing so far: coffee. In this department Trading Post offers an extensive selection as well. They have a choice of two espresso blends on their machine, with house blends that are 100% organic as well as focussing on on sustainable, fair trade coffee. There are a choice of five blends

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available, all roasted in-house, either on site in Brighton or nearby Lewes. If you’re not here to work then no need to fear, as there’s plenty of comfy seating available. With a full kitchen, they also offer a full menu of hearty breakfast and brunch options as well as a range of light bites, and a menu especially for children. With plug sockets dotted around the cafe, free Wi-Fi, street art by local artist Cassette Lord atop exposed brick work, and their roaster based in the heart of the shop, this hipster’s paradise has only helped the booming Brighton coffee scene.

Machine: Faema E71

Espresso: £2.20 Americano: £2.20 Flat White: £2.50

Grinder: Mazzer Super Jolly

Latte: £2.50

Roaster: Trading Post Coffee Roasters

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THE MARWOOD COFFEE HOUSE 52 Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF themarwood.com

Tue - Fri: 8am - 11pm

01273 382063

Sat: 9am - 11pm

harry@themarwood.com

Sun: 10am - 7pm

Voted “Most Brighton Venue” in 2017, The Marwood Coffee House is one of the truly unique locations that Brighton has to offer. Quite simply, it couldn’t exist anywhere else. It represents Brighton’s atmosphere and way of life. That award may be a couple of years old at this point, but we still think it still holds true. The Marwood is a place you can bring your friends, your mum, visitors to the city, and basically anyone from any walk of life. When you enter you’re greeted by the lovely, if somewhat quirky, staff giving you a warm welcome.

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The quirky nature of the staff is personified by the extremely eclectic and dynamic DNA that pulses through the heart of The Marwood. From the signs, toys and models hanging from the walls to the funky mannequins and ornaments used for a different purpose, The Marwood is a place that must be experienced first-hand, and is well worth seeking out. Whether you’re after an afternoon coffee, or a caffeinated cocktail, The Marwood is a uniquely Brighton establishment, and one that shouldn’t be missed. There are many ways to describe it: quirky, eccentric, idiosyncratic, but none of them do it justice.

Machine: La Marzocco Linea PB ABR

Espresso: £2.00 Americano: £2.30 Flat White: £2.60

Grinder: Mythos 1

Latte: £2.70

Roaster: Cast Iron Coffee Roasters, Guest Rotation

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LOST IN THE LANES

3 Nile Street, Brighton BN1 1HW

If the name wasn’t indication enough, Lost in the Lanes can be found tucked away in Brighton’s beautiful South Lanes. The venue itself is stunning; the combination of a glass front with an effective use of metal features gives Lost in the Lanes an open, modern feel. For those who wish to sit outside, there are comfortable seats, and blankets for those chilly days. As well as serving fresh, nutritious food, Lost in the Lanes updates and rotates their guest espresso on a regular basis.

Roaster: Has Bean Coffee

Mon - Fri: 8am – 5pm

lostinthelanes.com

Machine: Slayer

Sat: 9am – 5pm

01273 525444

Grinder: Nuovo Simonelli

Sun: 9am – 5pm

isabela@lostinthelanes.com

Espresso: £1.80 Flat White: £2.80

Americano: £2.50 Latte: £2.80

THE LANES COFFEE HOUSE

59D Ship St, Brighton BN1 1AE

Tucked away on Ship Street is The Lanes Coffee House, and when we say tucked away we really mean it. This delightful coffee house is much larger than it appears from its two entrances on the outside. With two separate gardens, one as you approach the back entrance, and one hidden away at the back of the shop, this is the Mary Poppins bag of coffee shops. Offering both great coffee and friendly staff, this hidden gem is well worth seeking out.

Roaster: Roasted Coffee, Messican Coffee

Mon - Fri: 10am – 6pm

@thelanescoffeehousebrighton

Machine: Sanremo

Sat: 10am – 6pm

01273 773411

Grinder: Sanremo

Sun: 11am – 5pm

thelanescoffeehouse@outlook.com

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BLACKBIRD COFFEE 19 Market Street, BN1 1HH Brighton facebook.com/pg/blackbirdcoffeeandmore

Mon - Fri: 8.30am - 6pm

07383 023082

Sat: 9am - 6pm

zeynep@blackbirdcoffee.co

Sun: 10am - 5pm

It’s always intriguing when a new coffee shop opens up out of the blue. Some are great additions to the scene, others not so much. Luckily, Blackbird isn’t just a great addition to the scene but one of the best in all of Brighton. Located in the South Lanes, directly opposite a Costa, the small shop makes a large statement. As we entered, we were greeted by the friendly Zeynep, who was happy to talk about all things coffee related. On recommendation, we tried a Honduran Geisha on Aeropress and an espresso. The Geisha was smooth and delicious,

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with a delicate blueberry flavour and savoury quality that instantly brought blueberry muffins to mind. The espresso was well rounded and balanced, as all good espresso should be, with chocolate and caramel notes. We were even served a small dish of Turkish Delight to complement our drinks. It is encouraging to see establishments like Blackbird opening in the redeveloped South Lanes, and this particular coffee house is a welcome inclusion to Brighton’s coffee community. Especially in an area full of high street chains, vape shops, and jewellers.

Machine: Victoria Arduino Black Eagle Gravitech

Espresso: £2.30 Americano: £2.30 Flat White: £2.60

Grinder: Victoria Arduino Mythos 1 Clima

Latte: £2.60

Roaster: Guest Rotation

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THE PLANT ROOM 17-19 Brighton Square, Brighton BN1 1HD theplantroomcoffee.com

Mon - Thurs: 9.30am – 6.30pm

01273 044145

Fri – Sat: 9.30am - 7pm

brightonsquare@tpr.coffee

Sun: 9.30am - 5.30pm

The introduction and expansion of The Plant Room across Brighton (and Portslade) over the last couple of years has been a welcome one. As new locations pop up, it is important to recognise the Brighton Square location as the starting point, and the transformation it has taken. A breathtaking location and great coffee has always been a winning combination, and The Plant Room at Brighton Square has both. Within, the shop is adorned with plants, pots, and pictures. There are stools, plug sockets, and free Wi-Fi for those who wish to work, and

sofas for those that don’t. Outside, the extensive seating stretches over Brighton Square and is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon. In terms of coffee, The Plant Room serves Allpress on both espresso and filter. We’d recommend asking what is on the batch brew, as there’s usually something interesting and surprising. The food offering is stunning, with almost everything on offer vegan, and the wide range of teas also worth trying. In short, The Plant Room seem to be doing everything the right way, and Brighton Square is where it all began.

Espresso: £2.10 Americano: £2.40

Machine: La Marzocco Linea PB

Flat White: £2.60

Grinder: Nuova Simonelli Mythos, Mahlkonig EK43

Latte: £2.70

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Founded: 2016 Roaster: Allpress Espresso

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WHY HAVE WE NOW CREATED OUR OWN FLOUR POT BLEND?

OUR STORES IN BRIGHTON & HOVE

We wanted a blend that felt classic, balanced and approachable. It had to pair beautifully with milk and still offer that complexity that would make it stand out just as an espresso. We chose Colombian for that strength in the base, Brazilian to bring in some chocolate and hazelnut notes, and the acidity and fruit we were looking for came from Rwanda. A crowd pleaser for all, and interesting enough for the connoisseurs to talk about too.

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Elm Grove 124 Elm Grove, Brighton, BN2 3DB

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We now have six stores across Brighton & Hove where you can enjoy our Flour Pot Coffee in-store, to take away or to have at home.

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THE FLOUR POT KITCHEN 85-90 Kings Road Arches, Brighton Beach BN1 2FN flour-pot.co.uk

Mon - Fri: 8am - 7pm

01273 625854

Sat: 8am - 7pm

flourpotbrightonbeach@junipercatering.com

Sun: 9am - 6pm

The Flour Pot Kitchen is a slightly different take on a traditional Flour Pot; as well as the usual breads, pastries, and cakes is a full menu offering artisanal pizza and seasonal dishes.

year we tried a double espresso there, and drinking it while looking out at the sea was a wonderful experience. The new Flour Pot roast is full of dark fruit flavours, with a slight sourness, and hint of dark chocolate.

This new offering straddles the line between a traditional cafe and a fully fledged restaurant, slowly transforming from one to the other as it gets later in the day.

At this point, The Flour Pot are a Brighton institution and one that seem to be able to turn their hand to anything.

Sitting right on the beachfront, there are few better places to spend a summer’s afternoon. This was, luckily, the time of

From baking, to a new hot kitchen establishment, as well as coffee roasting, they seem to be getting everything right so far. Long may it continue.

Espresso: £2.00 Americano: £2.30

Machine: La Marzocco AV Linea Classic

Flat White: £2.60

Grinder: Mazzer Major, Fetco 2121

Latte: £2.80

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GROUND COFFEE HOUSE 19 Chatham Place, Brighton BN1 3WD groundcoffeehouses.com

Mon - Fri: 8am - 4pm

@ground_coffee

Sat: 9am - 3pm

info@groundcoffeehouses.com

Sun: 9am - 3pm

Since launching Ground Coffee House in 2009, the Kemptown coffee shop has become a community staple, serving high-quality coffee to locals ever since. Their Seven Dials store, opened in 2017, certainly continues this tradition. Set just off from the bustling traffic, Ground is a peaceful spot to sit and relax or grab a quick coffee on the go. With homely seating upstairs and down, there is more than enough space to while away the hours with friends, or just spend some time alone catching up on work, or reading a good book. There’s also a rustic room out the back,

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with a textured stone wall on show, wooden crates for tables and exposed concrete flooring, offering the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat from their wholesome breakfast menu. On the coffee-front, they offer single origin beans from Pharmacie Coffee Roasters, giving you the option to choose from an espresso-based drinks menu or a hand-brewed filter coffee, which includes a V60, drip decanter, and Aeropress. With a dedicated and friendly team of baristas, this cosy spot continues to add to Brighton’s thriving coffee scene.

Machine: Simonelli Aurelia T3

Espresso: £2.00 Americano: £2.30 Flat White: £2.60

Grinder: Mahlkonig EK43, Mahlkonig K30

Latte: £2.60

Roaster: Pharmacie Coffee Roasters

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SMALL BATCH COFFEE

108a Dyke Road, Seven Dials BN1 3TE

As a former bank, the Seven Dials Small Batch has an atmosphere that’s always relaxed, while the location seems to catch the sun at any time of day, and at any time of year. Due to its narrow dimensions, it also manages to pull a neat trick of being both large and spacious as well as being small and cosy, so it’s perfect for any occasion. Like all SB stores, Seven Dials offers their Goldstone blend on espresso, Blue Note blend on filter, and a choice of a single origin on hand brew.

Roaster: Small Batch Coffee Roasters

Mon - Fri: 7am – 6pm

smallbatchcoffee.co.uk

Machine: La Marzocco GB5

Sat: 7am – 6pm

01273 711 912

Grinder: Mazzer Luigi, Nuova Simonelli Mythos

Sun: 8am – 6pm

info@smallbatchcoffee.co.uk

Espresso: £2.20 Flat White: £2.80

Americano: £2.50 Latte: £2.95

THE FLOUR POT BAKERY

141 Dyke Road, Seven Dials BN3 1TJ

Situated on the Brighton & Hove border, as you enter the Seven Dials Flour Pot you’re greeted with a bright and clean layout, with a wall of pastries and bread on one wall, and seating spreading across the shop-front windows on the other. Their espresso is made with The Flour Pot-roasted beans, which creates notes of nuts and plums, and with outside seating, warm blankets and great coffee, this is a great spot to watch the buzz of businesses and the local schools go by.

Roaster: The Flour Pot

Mon - Fri: 7.30am – 6pm

flour-pot.co.uk

Machine: La Marzocco AV Linea Classic

Sat: 7.30am – 6pm

01273 911200

Grinder: Mazzer Major, Fetco 2121

Sun: 8.30am – 5pm

sevendialsflourpot@ junipercatering.com

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Americano: £2.30

Flat White: £2.60

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OKKA 206 Dyke Rd, Brighton BN1 5AA facebook.com/pg/Okka-Coffee

Mon - Fri: 8.30am – 5.30pm

01273 241537

Sat: 8.30am – 5.30pm

okkacoffee@gmail.com

Sun: 9am - 5pm

The upscale aesthetic of the interior is striking as soon as you enter; exposed brick walls, vintage wooden counters, chic lighting hanging from the ceiling, and quirky ornaments, that include a

table-top telescope, all combine elegantly to create a luxurious shop layout. This, however, doesn’t take away from the coffee at all. Serving Square Mile’s Red Brick blend on their Sanremo espresso machine, the coffee offered a creamy mouthfeel with rich, fudge-like notes before giving way to flavours of orange and brown sugar as it cooled. With an eye for detail and a focus on quality, Okka is a worth a trip outside of the city’s centre. Just make sure you know where you’re going.

Founded: 2016 Roaster: Square Mile Coffee Roasters

Espresso: £2.00 Americano: £2.00

Machine: Sanremo Roma

Flat White: £2.40

Grinder: Mahlkonig EK43, Simonelli Mythos 1

Latte: £2.40

HOVE

We’re blessed in Brighton with a wealth of high-end artisan coffee shops. Yet, if you take the time to push outside the walls of central Brighton and Hove it can become tougher to find these elite coffee houses. It’s not that these shops don’t exist, they just take some searching. As is the case for Okka, found midway up Dyke Road as it meets with the Upper Drive.

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BETWEEN TWO THORNS 67 Upper North Street, Brighton BN1 3FL betweentwothorns.com

Mon - Fri: 10am - 6pm

07739 903177

Sat: 10am - 5pm

enquiries@betweentwothorns.com

Sun: 10am - 3.30pm

Like Alice tumbling into her Wonderland, stepping into Between Two Thorns opens up a magical world of wondrous plants, adorable dogs and great coffee. Situated on Upper North Street, this plant workshop is home to Fred, the resident border terrier, as well as a coffee shop serving Pharmacie Coffee Roasters’ Remedy blend, made up of beans from Ethiopia and El Salvador. Filled with fruity flavours, our double espresso produced notes of cherry and mango with a big body and perfectly complemented the tropical vibe in this

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wonderland setting. Downstairs, Between Two Thorns hold plant workshops for groups of four or more, offering the option to hand craft anything, from their impressive terrariums to floral crowns for that big Pride party. As one of the smallest plant shops around, this is an extremely quaint environment to spend time in and, whatever your reason for stopping by, make sure you keep time for some great coffee.

Machine: La Marzocco Linea PB

Espresso: £2.00 Americano: £2.00 Flat White: £2.50

Grinder: Nuova Simonelli Mythos 1

Latte: £2.50

Roaster: Pharmacie Coffee Roasters

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STONEY POINT 15 Montpelier Place, Brighton BN1 3BF stoneypoint.co

Mon - Fri: 8am - 4.30pm

@stoneypointcoffeeshop

Sat: 8am - 4.30pm

stoneypointcoffee@gmail.com

Sun: 10am - 4.30pm

A short stroll away from Seven Dials sits Stoney Point, formerly known as Mr. Wolfe. Upon entering, it’s immediately striking that the high ceilings, calming music and airy space make it the perfect place to catch up with friends, or sit alone and enjoy a book and a coffee. The handwritten prices on the chalkboard behind the machine coupled with a minimalist, wooden aesthetic, give Stoney Point a homemade feel. As a standard, they try to keep an Ethiopian coffee in stock all year round when possible, and we tried their double espresso made using the Organic

With plug sockets, comfy seating and some delicious coffee, as well as the occasional guest roast, Stoney Point is one Brighton coffee shop that is too often overlooked.

Machine: La Marzocco Linea

Espresso: £2.00 Americano: £2.20 Flat White: £2.50

Grinder: Mazzer Luigi

Latte: £2.50

Roaster: Monmouth, Guest Rotation

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Espresso from Monmouth Coffee; made up of beans from Suke Quto (Ethiopia), Froilan Mamani (Bolivia) and El Pastoral (Nicaragua). Offering a lemon zest aroma from the off with a silky mouthfeel, it produced a sweetly tart flavour initially before really coming to life as it cooled, with notes of pear and orange leaping on to the palette, reminiscent of a fruit tea.

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SMALL BATCH COFFEE 111 Western Road, Brighton BN1 2AA smallbatchcoffee.co.uk

Mon - Fri: 7am - 6pm

01273 731 077

Sat: 7am - 6pm

info@smallbatchcoffee.co.uk

Sun: 8am - 6pm

Anyone who’s seen the 1980s sitcom Cheers will be instantly familiar with the Small Batch at Norfolk Square’s layout. The ‘bar’ sits in the centre of the room, with seating dotted around the surrounding area. The former bank is bright and airy, with a high ceiling, and good outside space. Sitting on the border between Brighton and Hove, the Norfolk Square Small Batch offers a haven from the often overwhelming Western Road. Going in from either entrance, you’ll be greeted by the sights, sounds, and

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smells of a bustling coffee shop. As well as the Goldstone Espresso, served in all Small Batch’s locations, a rotating brew bar is also available. The method and bean changes often with the seasons, as does their menu. In the colder months you can enjoy an espresso, or hot chocolate, at the bar. In the summer it’s worth taking the short wander to the beach, with a take away Iced Flat White or Iced Bounty, and enjoy the sun. Whatever the weather, Norfolk Square is worth visiting when that craving for caffeine kicks in.

Machine: La Marzocco GB5

Espresso: £2.20 Americano: £2.50 Flat White: £2.80

Grinder: Nuova Simonelli Mythos, Mahlkonig EK43

Latte: £2.95

Roaster: Small Batch Coffee Roasters

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DOWN TO EARTH COFFEE 75-76 Western Road, Hove, BN3 2JQ @downtoearth_coffee

Mon - Fri: 7am - 5pm

01273 731356

Sat: 8am - 5pm

facebook.com/downtoearthcoffeecaravan

Sun: 9am - 4pm to offer detailed analysis of the coffee’s taste and mouthfeel but also allows them to help you match it with the milk or food they have on offer. During our visit we tried an espresso from Strangers Coffee using their Fine City blend, which produced a super sweet aroma before creating notes of pear and citrus, cooling down to reveal berry flavours and a creamy mouthfeel that coasts the mouth to reveal a very balanced coffee. With picturesque views, great coffee and a relaxed atmosphere, this is just what the area needed. Pay a visit and find out for yourself.

Founded: 2018 Roaster: Down To Earth Coffee, Guest Rotations

Espresso: £2.00 Americano: £2.40

Machine: La Marzocco Linea PB

Flat White: £2.60

Grinder: Mahlkonig EK43, Anfim Scody, Mahlkonig K30

Latte: £2.60

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Overlooking the beautiful Palmeira Square as you enter Hove, Down To Earth Coffee is the first coffee shop to take advantage of this idyllic setting, and this new coffee hot spot is just as peaceful inside. With wooden slats lining the counter, seats, shelves and more, this shop offers an extremely laid-back vibe with welcoming staff and chilled tunes. While they offer a range of rotating guest espressos and filter options, they also roast their own coffee in cooperation with Pharmacie Coffee Roasters in Hove, which allows them to finely roast their coffee to suit their flavour palette. This not only allows them

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THE FLOUR POT BAKERY 41 First Avenue, Hove BN3 2FH flour-pot.co.uk

Mon - Fri: 8am - 6pm

01273 958410

Sat: 8am - 6pm

firstavenue@theflourpot.co.uk

Sun: 9am - 5pm

The largest of The Flour Pot Bakery shops, upon entering their First Avenue store, the light, open space is immediately apparent, with white walls, copper piping and beautiful checkerboard tiles covering the floor. The centerpiece of the room is, unsurprisingly, their baked goods, with a range of bread and pastries available from the central table, as well as a grab and go fridge with fresh salads, sandwiches and more. There’s ample seating inside and out and, with the location of this store in the

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heart of residential Hove, this is a lovely spot to unwind. In 2018, The Flour Pot began roasting their own coffee beans and now offer a blend on their espresso machine made up of beans from Colombia, Brazil and Rwanda. Immediately producing a cherry-like sweetness and a heavy body, notes of raisin and plum then appear as the espresso cools. A great addition to the city’s great roasters and a welcome development to The Flour Pot’s coffee offering.

Espresso: £2.00 Americano: £2.30 Flat White: £2.60 Latte: £2.80


SMALL BATCH COFFEE 67C Church Road, Hove BN3 2BD smallbatchcoffee.co.uk

Mon - Fri: 6.30am - 6pm

01273 710627

Sat: 7am - 6pm

info@smallbatchcoffee.co.uk

Sun: 8am - 6pm

Of all the Small Batch locations, their Wilbury Road shop is easily the cosiest. Just off from Church Road, it’s like a home away from home. The first thing you’re greeted with is the beautiful outside decking which is a perfect sun-trap in the summer. When the weather is a little less agreeable, the comfy indoor seating makes the Wilbury Road Small Batch the ideal spot to catch up over coffee or get all the caffeine you need whilst working.

bowls readily available. On offer are a number of espresso-based drinks, using their Goldstone Blend, as well as a rotating origin of the month coffee that’s available on a range of hand brewed methods. There is also a changing seasonal menu and their Blue Note batch brew filter. If you’re looking for coffee without stress, and a quiet relaxed atmosphere, Wilbury Road Small Batch is the place for you.

It is also especially pet friendly, with plenty of free dog treats and water

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Machine: La Marzocco Linea

Espresso: £2.20 Americano: £2.50 Flat White: £2.80

Grinder: Mahlkonig Grind on Demand

Latte: £2.95

Roaster: Small Batch Coffee Roasters

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PHARMACIE COFFEE ROASTERS 18 Cambridge Grove, Hove BN3 3ED pharmacie.coffee

Mon - Fri: Closed

01273 207 674

Sat: 9am - 4pm

info@pharmacie.coffee

Sun: Closed their single origin beans, which are roasted in-house specifically to create the bright and incredibly refreshing notes that Pharmacie’s coffee has become renowned for. It may only be open one day a week but, when the weekend rolls around, Cambridge Grove turns into a giant community of coffee lovers who all gather to enjoy fine coffee and fine conversation.

A beautifully rustic feel inside and out, they offer a selection of pourovers including a V60, drip decanter, kalita wave, aeropress as well as cold brew. On the espresso machine they have

Keep a Saturday free and head on down to the cobbled streets for some of the best coffee in the city, we can’t recommend this hidden gem of a shop enough.

Founded: 2015 Roaster: Pharmacie Coffee Roasters

Espresso: £2.40 Americano: £2.40

Machine: Sanremo Zoe

Flat White: £2.60

Grinder: Mahlkonig K30 Air, Mahlkonig EK43

Latte: £2.60

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Turning off The Drive down onto Cambridge Grove, you find yourself in one of the most idyllic settings in Hove. Exposed brick houses sit atop beautiful cobbled streets and amongst this delightfully old-fashioned street is Pharmacie Coffee Roasters. A micro-roaster and training facility first and foremost, the coffee shop is exclusively open on Saturdays.

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SMALL BATCH COFFEE 70 Goldstone Villas, Hove BN3 3RU smallbatchcoffee.co.uk

Mon - Fri: 6am - 5pm

01273 734 590

Sat: 7am - 4pm

info@smallbatchcoffee.co.uk

Sun: 8am - 3pm

Being only a stone’s throw away from Hove train station makes it a great place to stop off if you have time to kill before travelling, and with a quick filter option on offer it’s also a great place to

grab a coffee before catching the train. If you have more time on your hands then they also have a brew bar, offering a range of pourover options, with a rotating selection of single origin coffees, roasted by the company themselves. If you are able to kick back and relax with your coffee, then the shop’s decking area out the front is the perfect spot, soaking up the sun throughout the day like few others in the area. Goldstone Villas also has a wide variety of coffee equipment for sale, as well as a range of single origin coffee beans.

Founded: 2006 Roaster: Small Batch Coffee Roasters

Espresso: £2.20 Americano: £2.50

Machine: La Marzocco GB5

Flat White: £2.80

Grinder: Nuova Simonelli Mythos 1

Latte: £2.95

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The Small Batch at Goldstone Villas has undergone a drastic transformation over the last couple of years. With the roasting operation moving from one half of the shop in Hove to Wellington House, in Portslade, half of the cafe has been turned into a workspace. The area is perfect for students and freelancers, with ample space, plug sockets, and its own dedicated Wi-Fi.

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AT HIXON GREEN WE ONLY USE THE FINEST BLEND OF ROASTED COFFEE BEANS, THE FRESHEST INGREDIENTS FOR OUR INFORMAL FOOD MENU, AND CAREFULLY SELECTED WINES FOR OUR EXTENSIVE WINE LIST, TO ENSURE YOU HAVE AN EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHER.

@hixongreen

124 CHURCH ROAD

@hixongreen

BN3 2EA

HIXONGREEN.CO.UK

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hello@hixongreen.co.uk


HIXON GREEN 124 Church Road, Hove BN3 2EA hixongreen.co.uk

Mon - Wed: 6.30am - 10.30pm

01273 770011

Thurs - Sat: 6.30am - 11pm

hello@hixongreen.co.uk

Sun: 6.30am - 10.30pm their cakes to their coffee machine, it all revolves around this centrepiece. Your eyes are then drawn to the ceiling’s features, with metal decor highlighting the impressive chandelier hanging at its centre. Behind the central counter sits their high-end wall of wines, while a wireframe deer head sits on the wall adjacent, hanging over the feature fireplace. When it comes to the coffee they are only about quality too. Serving Grind’s House Blend, their double espresso offers notes of cacao and marzipan with a big body, before cooling to reveal a cookie-like flavour. A great addition to the Hove coffee scene.

Founded: 2018 Roaster: Grind Coffee

Espresso: £2.00 Americano: £3.00

Machine: La Marzocco Linea PB

Flat White: £3.00

Grinder: Victoria Arduino Mythos 1

Latte: £3.00

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In the last 12 months we’ve seen an explosion of artisan coffee shops opening in Hove. This has only improved the quality on offer in this area, and one such new addition in 2018 was Hixon Green Coffee & Wine Bar. As you approach you’re struck by the vivid charcoal blue of the building’s exterior, with bold white lettering standing out from this facade. Outside, wooden slats line the benches, tables, walls and ceilings, while tiles line the floor. Once inside, the first thing that takes your attention is the beating heart of the coffee shop, the marble counter right at the epicentre of all the cafe’s working; from their bar to

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CAFE PORTEUR 210 Church Road, Hove BN3 2DJ Facebook.com/cafeporteur

Mon: Closed

01273 773595

Tue - Fri: 8am - 5pm

info@porteur.co.uk

Sat - Sun: 8am - 4pm

Coffee and cycling. Two pursuits that define the typical Brightonian. However, in Brighton and Hove we’ve lacked a shop which is dedicated to both speciality coffee and the maintenance and upgrading of bicycles to a high level. Well, that is, until we made our way to Cafe Porteur in West Hove. Upon entering Porteur, you can’t help but enjoy the aesthetically-pleasing layout: wooden slats line the counter, rustic scaffold board dining tables extend out from the walls, which themselves are bedecked with cycling hats, water bottles and cycling-centric posters. Mean-

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while, downstairs in the basement is the bicycle workshop, where you can book in your bike for maintenance or repair and, in this basement area, there is also a cinema room for visitors to sit back and watch live races while enjoying their brew. On the coffee front, Porteur serve Pharmacie beans on their machine, which offers a smooth and fruity espresso and upholds the high standards set by Pharmacie at their own shop. There’s a selection of home-made food on offer too and, with seating inside and out and all the coffee and live cycling you could want, this is perfect for fans of great coffee, cycling, or both.

Machine: Sanremo Verona

Espresso: £2.00 Americano: £2.50 Flat White: £2.80

Grinder: Mahlkonig K30, Anfim Caimano on Demand

Latte: £2.80

Roaster: Pharmacie Coffee Roasters

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TREACLE & GINGER 75-76 Western Road, Hove BN3 2JQ treacleandginger.com

Mon - Fri: 8.30am - 5.30pm

01273 933695

Sat: 9am - 5pm

info@treacleandginger.com

Sun: 10am - 4pm

The coffee on offer is, unsurprisingly, from the closest possible roaster, the always excellent Pharmacie Coffee. The espresso is rich and fruity, with the baristas clearly able to get the best out of the bean. It’s always nice when you’re brought water with an

espresso, and Treacle & Ginger prove their attention to detail is top notch with their service. This homely shop is a relaxing place to spend some time while looking out at the busy Church Road, and the contrast between the hustle and bustle of the outside and the peaceful nature of the cafe is pleasant to experience. If you find yourself wandering into Hove, or live nearby, do yourself a favour and take some time out of a day to experience it for yourself.

Founded: 2018 Roaster: Pharmacie Coffee Roasters

Espresso: £2.20 Americano: £2.50

Machine: Nuova Simonelli Aurelia

Flat White: £2.75

Grinder: Anfim Milano

Latte: £2.85

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Upon entering Treacle & Ginger, you’re welcomed by warm and friendly staff, an assortment of homemade cakes on the counter, and a wide variety of work by local artists and creators. From the locally sourced ingredients, to the decoration, Treacle & Ginger is a celebration of local creativity.

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Espresso | Brew Bar Quality focused coffee shop serving Square Mile espresso and rotating guests in Poet’s Corner, Hove / 44poets 44poets.co.uk

44 Rutland Road, Hove, BN3 5FF Just off Portland Road

@44poets @44poets


44 POETS 44 Rutland Road, Hove, BN3 5FF 44poets.co.uk

Mon - Fri: 8am - 4pm

@44poets

Sat: 9am - 4pm

hello@44poets.co.uk

Sun: 9am - 3pm

However, that’s all changed since the introduction of 44 Poets at the end of January 2018. Set in the heart of Poet’s Corner, this new shop is serving the Red Brick blend by the multi awardwinning Square Mile Coffee Roasters

through a top-of-the-range Black Eagle espresso machine from Victoria Arduino. Offering notes of cranberries and raisins initially, this coffee then cools to produce flavours of pear, cocoa and butterscotch with a silky mouthfeel. Although not large in size, 44 Poets never feels cramped and, with expansive windows stretching across the front of the shop, this is a great place to enjoy fine coffee and watch the world. Whether or not you’re based in Hove, this is a definite must for coffee fans near or far.

Founded: 2018 Roaster: Square Mile Coffee Roasters

Espresso: £2.20 Americano: £2.20

Machine: Black Eagle, Victoria Arduino

Flat White: £2.60

Grinder: Mahlkonig EK43, Simonelli Mythos 1

Latte: £2.60

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There’s an area of Hove starved of truly great coffee. From Hove train station to Brighton there’s plenty of choice in the world of artisan coffee. In Portslade there is an expanding coffee scene flourishing out of sight. However, in between those two areas, there’s been a genuine lack of speciality coffee for a number of years now.

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THE PLANT ROOM 53 Boundary Road, Hove BN3 4EF theplantroomcoffee.com

Mon - Fri: 8.30am - 5.30pm

01273 977779

Sat: 8.30am - 5.30pm

boundaryroad@tpr.coffee

Sun: 9.30am - 5.30pm

One of the first coffee houses to open in Portslade, The Plant Room can be considered something of a trend setter for the area. Located on the bustling Boundary Road, The Plant Room has become something of a hotspot for locals. Like all their locations, they serve Allpress Espresso, as well as their vegetarian and vegan treats from The Plant Room Deli. The cool and inviting minimalist style has become something of a trademark for The Plant Room stores, and

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Boundary Road is no different. Opposite the bar, on one side is a bench that runs the full length of the cafe, which creates an open and inclusive atmosphere. There is also a sofa around the back if you want to hide away in a nook. Outside, the sun hits The Plant Room in the afternoon, making the outside benches a great place to spend a day off if you find yourself in Portslade with a hunger and thirst for some good coffee.

Machine: La Marzocco Linea PB

Espresso: £2.10 Americano: £2.40 Flat White: £2.60

Grinder: Victoria Arduino Mythos 1

Latte: £2.70

Roaster: Allpress Espresso

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BLEND COFFEE CO 32 Station Road, Portslade BN41 1GB facebook.com/BlendBrighton

Mon - Fri: 9am - 4.30pm

@BlendBrighton

Sat: 9am - 4.30pm

hello@blendcoffeeco.com

Sun: Closed

The newest addition to the Boundary Road area, and its emerging coffee scene, is Blend Coffee Co. Although technically in Portslade, it is always exciting when new faces enter the Brighton coffee community, and Blend have really hit the ground running. The decor is beautiful and minimalist, without being cold, and the colour scheme of blue works perfectly with the wooden highlights of the surfaces and shelves. Outside, they’ve turned their seating into a real feature. The space is subtly

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walled in by wooden planters, and the greenery makes you feel like you’re in a private garden rather than the busy Boundary Road. Blend Coffee Co. serve the always amazing Pharmacie Coffee. Their coffee is light and fruity, with a nice acidity and delicate notes that come through when served as espresso. There are also a range of loose leaf teas available, as well as a number of delicious cakes and pastries. Blend are an exciting prospect, and we hope to see more from them in the future.

Machine: Sanremo Zoe 2

Espresso: £2.00 Americano: £2.20 Flat White: £2.50

Grinder: Mahlkonig K30 Air

Latte: £2.60

Roaster: Pharmacie Coffee Roasters

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SMALL BATCH COFFEE Wellington House, Portslade BN41 1DU smallbatchcoffee.co.uk

Mon - Fri: 7am - 4pm

01273 411311

Sat: 7am - 3pm

info@smallbatchcoffee.co.uk

Sun: 8am - 3pm

Although a number of coffee houses have opened up, Small Batch is the only roaster in the area, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see others follow suit. To say that Wellington House is spacious is a bit of an understatement, there is a full sized shipping container

in the middle of the warehouse. Most of the real estate is taken up by equipment, but there is ample seating. The first thing you’ll notice is the smell of coffee roasting, which is obviously a bonus to any coffee lover, and watching the roasting operation in action while enjoying the same beans is something worth savouring. On a sunny day, the outside seating is lovely, with a nice view of the river Adur. The smell of the coffee roasting mixing with the fresh air is a treat to all the locals and visitors alike.

Founded: 2018 Roaster: Small Batch Coffee Roasters

Espresso: £2.20 Americano: £2.50

Machine: La Marzocco Linea

Flat White: £2.80

Grinder: Mahlkonig EK43, Simonelli Mythos

Latte: £2.95

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In terms of coffee, Portslade has grown dramatically over the last couple of years. It is probably no coincidence that has coincided with Small Batch moving their roastery from Goldstone Villas to Wellington House around the same time.

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COFFEE SHOP INDEX 44 Poets 4 Rutland Rd, Hove BN3 5FF 44poets.co.uk Africa House 136-137 London Rd, Brighton BN1 4JH africa-house-brighton.business.site Artisan 117 St Georges Road, Brighton BN2 1EA artisancoffeehouse.co.uk Between Two Thorns 67 Upper N St, Brighton BN1 3FL betweentwothorns.com

97 Trafalgar St, Brighton BN1 4ER 01273 628881 Dexters 19 Kensington Gardens, BN1 4AL dexters-brighton.co.uk Dialling In Kiosk 30 New Road, Brighton BN1 1BN Dough Lover 99 Trafalgar St, Brighton BN1 4ER doughlover.com Down to Earth Coffee 75 Western Rd, Hove BN3 2JQ

Blackbird Coffee 19 Market St, Brighton BN1 1HH blackbirdcoffeeandmore.business.site

The Flour Pot Bakery 40 Sydney Street Brighton BN1 4EP flour-pot.co.uk

Black Mocha 103 Gloucester Rd, Brighton BN1 4AP 01273 690515

The Flour Pot Bakery 41 First Avenue, Hove BN3 2FH flour-pot.co.uk

Blend & Brew 45 Trafalgar St, Brighton, BN1 4FT

The Flour Pot Bakery 138 Preston Drove, Brighton BN1 6FJ flour-pot.co.uk

Blend Coffee Co. 32 Station Rd, Portslade BN41 1GB blendcoffeeco.com Bond St. Coffee 15 Bond St, Brighton BN1 1RD bondstcoffee.co.uk Bread & Milk 82 Trafalgar St, Brighton BN1 4EB breadandmilk.co.uk Brewed 136 Lewes Rd, Brighton BN2 3LG brewedroasters.co.uk BrewShack 38-42 Brunswick St, Hove BN3 1EL Chard 50 Preston Rd, Brighton BN1 4QF chardbrighton.co.uk Coffee at 33 33 Trafalgar St, Brighton BN1 4ED 01273 004117 The Coffee Counter 25 Church St, Brighton BN1 1RB 07981 420149 Coffee Tree 47 Gardner St, Brighton BN1 1UN 01273 675555 Coffee Tzar

The Flour Pot Bakery 124 Elm Grove, Brighton BN2 3DB flour-pot.co.uk The Flour Pot Bakery 141 Dyke Road, Hove BN3 1TJ flour-pot.co.uk The Flour Pot Kitchen 85-90 Kings Road Arches, BN1 2FN flour-pot.co.uk Frankies Grinder 181A Edward St, Brighton BN2 0JB frankievaughans.com Glazed 25 Ditchling Rd, Brighton BN1 4SB 07817 891945 Ground Coffee House 36 St George’s Rd, Brighton BN2 1ED groundcoffeehouses.com Ground Coffee House 19 Chatham Place, Brighton BN1 3WD groundcoffeehouses.com Helmston 1B B2119, Pelham St, Brighton BN1 4ER Hixon Green 124 Church Road, Hove BN3 2EA hixongreen.co.uk


Joliffees 35 Kensington Gardens, BN1 4AL 07779 233924 The Lanes Coffee House 59D Ship St, Brighton BN1 1AE 01273 773411 The Longhouse Cafe 16 York Place, Brighton BN1 4GU 07939 616480 Lost In The Lanes 16 York Pl, Brighton BN1 4GU 07939 616480 The Marwood Coffee House 52 Ship St, Brighton BN1 1AF themarwood.com Okka 206 Dyke Rd, Brighton BN1 5AA 01273 241537 Pelicano 28 Sydney St, Brighton BN1 4EP pelicanocoffee.com Pharmacie Coffee Roasters 18 Cambridge Grove, Hove BN3 3ED pharmacie.coffee Phoenix Coffee House 51 London Rd, Brighton BN1 4JD phoenixcoffee.com The Plant Room 53 Boundary Road, Hove BN3 4EF theplantroomcoffee.com The Plant Room 17-18 Brighton Square, BN1 1HD theplantroomcoffee.com The Plant Room Deli 57a London Road, Brighton BN1 4JE theplantroomcoffee.com Porteur 210 Church Rd, Hove, BN3 2DJ 01273 773595 Portland 90 St George’s Rd, Brighton BN2 1DN portlandbrighton.com Presuming Ed Coffee House 114 London Rd, Brighton BN1 4LJ presuming-ed.com Redroaster 1D St James’s St, Brighton BN2 1RE redroaster.co.uk Silo 39 Upper Gardner St, Brighton BN1 4AN silobrighton.com

Small Batch Coffee 17 Jubilee Street, Brighton BN1 1GE smallbatchcoffee.co.uk Small Batch Coffee 111 Western Road, Brighton BN1 2AA smallbatchcoffee.co.uk Small Batch Coffee 67C Church Road, Hove BN3 2BD smallbatchcoffee.co.uk Small Batch Coffee 70 Goldstone Villas, Hove BN3 3RU smallbatchcoffee.co.uk Small Batch Coffee 108a Dyke Road, Seven Dials BN1 3TE smallbatchcoffee.co.uk Small Batch Coffee Wellington House, Portslade BN41 1DU smallbatchcoffee.co.uk Starfish and Coffee 32 Egremont Place, Brighton BN2 0GA starfishandcoffee.cafe Stoney Point 15 Montpelier Place, Brighton BN1 3B stoneypoint.co Tilt 134 Preston Drove, Brighton BN1 6FJ Trading Post Coffee Roasters 36 Ship St, Brighton BN1 1AB tradingpostcoffee.co.uk Treacle & Ginger 164 Church Rd, Hove BN3 2DL treacleandginger.com Twin Pines Coffee 11 St James’s St, Brighton BN2 1RE twinpinescoffee.com WOLFØX 105 Western Road, BN3 1FA wolfox.coffee


Pelicano has been a mainstay of Sydney Street for a number of years now, but have only recently moved their roasting operation to the site. We spoke to the owner, Zephir, about how he and his wife, Sol, ended up back in Brighton and why they decided to open a coffee house and roastery.

One of the reasons The Independent Brighton & Hove Coffee Guide exists is that we believe in the values of the Brighton coffee community, those values of local businesses supporting each other, creating an inclusive and friendly atmosphere for staff and customer alike. We were lucky enough to spend some time being shown around Pelicano’s operation by manager Sam, and we can safely say that these values hold true.


Founded in 2014, by husband and wife Zephir and Sol, Pelicano is a modern family-run business. Zephir runs the day to day operations, and Sol is in charge of all the art and design for the business. Zephir is a “Brighton boy through and through” in his own words, and returned to the town to open up Pelicano after meeting Sol. “I met my wife Sol (from S. Korea) on a pear farm a couple of hours from Melbourne, we both had a pretty rough time on the farms, we learnt two things we hated working for big companies and we both missed working with coffee. We always wanted to build a culture around Peli where we actually enjoy coming to work day in day out. “I see so many people working in hospitality and not having a good time that’s just not what it’s about! Our staff

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really are our family. At our wedding there was more Peli fam than blood family!” Everything at Pelicano is done on site. In early 2018, they moved their roasting operation into the basement of their cafe, upgrading the roaster in the process. They roast their house Smokey Bird Blend, as well as a number of directly sourced single origins, in the early hours of the morning on Monday. Each bag is individually hand stamped with one of Sol’s unique designs, then either sent upstairs for retail within the cafe, or hand delivered by head roaster Adnan the very next day. Pelicano use a refurbished Royal Mail post bike to deliver all their coffee to various establishments around Brighton, continuing that personal, hand crafted touch from the beginning of the roast, to holding fresh coffee in your hand the


next day. Pelicano supplies many local businesses and, as well as the coffee, each place they supply gets their own hand crafted, and hand stamped, design on the bag. Most of the coffee roasted on site, though, is used on site, and you don’t get much more local that your own basement. Pelicano has evolved from serving various guest roasts, to their own roast from a small site in Southover, to the cafe location itself. This ensures that the coffee is at an optimal freshness when served. In our review, we wrote that Pelicano’s attention to detail was incredible, it was interesting to find out the origin of the decor, “In many ways it was planned to a T and in other ways it was organised chaos,” explains Zephir. “When we got the keys to the shop we told ourselves six weeks and we’d be open. It took six

months! Without a large budget we did all the hard graft ourselves - from stripping walls of 22-year-old grease for 20 hours straight to laying floor boards found off a skip till 4am, it was crazy but with help from a lot of friends we finally opened!” With a new roaster in operation, it’ll be interesting to see what the future holds for Pelicano, but we can safely say that with a community focus, they’re doing things the right way. We asked Zephir where he hopes Pelicano will be a few years down the line. “To be honest, I get asked this a lot and the answers always the same: I’m still not sure how we got this far!” 28 Sydney Street, Brighton Pelicanocoffee.com @pelicano_house

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THE FILTER DEBATE What makes the perfect filter cofffee? The taste? The ceremony? The speed? The smell? Or does it simply come down to your trust in a machine or a barista? We put the argument to two of Brighton’s best baristas to see what they had to say on the matter...

THE POUROVER

Steve Hutton, Owner, 44 Poets Pourover coffee is about the art, and skill, of hand brewing coffee without machinery. Hand brewing is ritualistic and soothing, yet precise and simple - and this is reflected in the taste of the final cup. Hand brewed coffee gives the barista total control over grind coarseness, water temperature, pour rate and nothing can beat the human eye and experience for precision. The final cup is an unparalleled reflection of the coffee’s origin and processing and tastes clean, light, vibrant and fresh. Let’s compare hand brewed coffee to a skilled chef working with only the freshest seasonal ingredients and a gas stove - no trickery or gadgets here! The visual bravado of pourover coffee also im-

presses and inspires customers to learn more about the coffee they are drinking, engage with the barista, and sneak tips for home brewing. Hand brewed coffee changes people’s perceptions on coffee and this is something at the core of speciality coffee - great hospitality and a personal touch, and nothing is more relevant to this in coffee than a conversation between a barista and customer during the brew. We have to hold onto traditional brewing methods that differentiate independent coffee shops or we let the automated systems and equipment take over the fine art of brewing someone the perfect cup of coffee. It’s a slow process, but the result justifies the means, and like all good things in life, sometimes you just have to wait a little longer.


THE BATCH BREW

Jacob Rubio, Assistant Manager, Bond St. Coffee Batch brew is becoming increasingly popular in cafes, and with the increase in popularity comes a great step up in the quality of coffee. No longer is batch brew an afterthought; brewed and left in the pot for hours on end, getting old and losing flavour. It is now an exciting and delicious way of enjoying coffee, an alternative to a quick flat white, or a long black. Baristas can find superior consistency in their brewing, thanks to programmable machines that can store numerous profiles for different coffees. This means they can serve stunning filter coffee day to day, week to week. You no longer need to wait for ten minutes for an average, disappointing pourover (we’ve all had them). Batch brew is now at the flip of a tap, ready to be enjoyed right away. Many shops operate a high turn around routine for filter so there is always fresh coffee available. Cafes are incredibly busy environments, and baristas constantly have 1,000 things to do. Having someone stop everything to make me a pourover amidst the madness feels like a recipe for disappointment before they have even begun. Next time you are at a cafe that is in the middle of a rush, order yourself a batch brew and watch it arrive to your table in moments. Relax and enjoy a beautifully extracted coffee that is just as tasty, if not better than a pourover.


WATER FILTRATION Words By Lawrence Goozee

In my mind, the most neglected aspect regarding the taste of coffee is water. It is, behind the origin, the most significant influencer on taste, rivalled only by the roast. When home brewing, this explains why all too often your home filter may taste flat and dull, compared to when it was vibrant, acidic and exciting at your favourite coffee shop.

THE PROBLEM In short, the two main components of water which influence how your coffee extracts, and therefore tastes, are calcium and magnesium. Generally speaking, “hard water� is predominantly composed of these two elements. The more calcium and magnesium in the water, the harder it is. This is the total hardness. Hardness for coffee extraction is good, as these minerals extract flavour from the coffee. However, this is true only up to a point. Too much hardness extracts too much

from the coffee, resulting in that dreaded flat, dry cup. At this point, you may be inclined to use home filtration systems, such as the jug styled filters offered. Though, the bottom line is that they treat all water the same, failing to take into account how hard your water is. In short, hard water needs more treatment than soft water. Secondly, they also tend to drop the PH of the water. For the Brighton and Hove coffee drinker, this is not good news.


THE SOLUTION All is not lost. There are solutions!

1.

Use bottled waters which have a total hardness and are optimised for brewing. Whilst I generally discourage buying bottled water, the convenience of using them is appealing. Of the major brands, our favourites are Waitrose Essentials, followed by Tesco Ashbeck.

2.

Speak to your favourite roastery. Whether they realise it or not, the process of roasting is really one of making coffee taste good with a given water. It is very likely that this will differ from yours. Ask them about their water, or, better still, bottle some of their water and take it home with you! In my experience, they are always happy to help you get the most from your coffee.

3.

Make your own water - bare with me! The process is really simple and cost effective. You can buy distilled water and add the components yourself. These recipes can then be tailored to fit guidelines such as those proposed by the SCA (Specialty Coffee Association), or by Water for Coffee (Colonna-Dashwood, Hendon). For more on this, visit baristahustle.com

4.

Support Peak Water; a kickstarter from Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood. These are home style filtration jugs with the sensibilities of far more expensive filtration systems, like that of the reverse osmosis system. This will, by far, be the most cost efficient and most practical way of achieving optimal parameters for brewing. As co-author of Water for Coffee; he really is the leading voice on the matter.


THE PLANT ROOM

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The link between a cafe and its food is clear, with the menu on offer often reflecting the tastes of the surrounding area. With Brighton being home to a much higher number of vegetarians and vegans than the national average, many establishments offer meat and dairy free alternatives. The Plant Room, though, is head and shoulders above the competition with its plant-based offerings. Nearly every single item on the menu is vegan, with the few that aren’t being vegetarian. The relationship between the name, the food they serve, and the plants adorning the walls is an obvious one, but it shows a clear philosophy behind the decision making process. The design of the stores is both cooly minimalist and inviting. As owner Alexx explains. “Design has always been key to what we do at TPR, and when approaching the decor we were keen to avoid the ‘indus-

trial, shabby chic’ stereotype of so many speciality shops. I’m strongly influenced by the clean yet organic forms found in Danish design.” Established in 2016, The Plant Room now has multiple stores across Brighton and Hove, with a new focus on food coinciding with the opening of The Plant Room Deli on London Road. The food has gone from strength to strength over the last year, and has really become the star of the show. From the new additions of a warming homemade soup of the day and deliciously comforting celeriac mac and cheese, to the range of cakes and brownies, everything tastes great. The food isn’t just great for vegan food, it’s just great food. “The Plant Room opened as a vegetarian coffee shop which is something we’ve always stuck to...but if we can make something vegan without affecting the taste we will do.”

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The original store, at Brighton Square, has undergone radical transformations since its initial opening in 2016. “The first Plant Room grew out of, and eventually took over from, our homeware shop. After becoming the star of the show at Brighton Square we decided to pivot further into the coffee world and within a year we’d grown popular enough to open a second location on Boundary Road, with the Deli following soon after that.” The most recent change is the introduction of a fully working kitchen to coincide with a fresh new seasonal menu. Their Head Chef said, “We like to move with the seasons and whatever veg is in the limelight at that time. As for coming up with a menu it’s really all about what we love eating and passion for new dishes.” This new menu will be available in each location, with the specific stores having their own specials. The Plant Room have

also branched outside of their own venues, offering a private catering service to events and parties, as well as supplying their food to other establishments. We’re excited to see what the future holds for The Plant Room and their new direction. “With kitchens at the Deli and Brighton square, and soon at Boundary Road Hove too, we believe we offer something unique and special that showcases the best of Brighton food and drink in a calming and cool environment,” Alexx explains. “Because of this we see our future filled with even more fantastic espresso, tasty and ethical food and who knows, maybe another location or two?” Whatever the future holds, it’s clear that the combination of great food and coffee at The Plant Room is here to stay. theplantroomcoffee.com @tprcoffee 01273 977779


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I GOT TO BAG IT UP If you work in coffee, some of the of the most common questions you’ll be asked are about how to store coffee. How long does it last? Should I put it in the fridge? Can I freeze it? How should I store it? As with most subjects related to coffee, there are many different schools of thought around the issue, so we thought we’d try and explain what affects coffee when it’s stored, and hopefully answer any questions in the process.


“IF YOUR GROUND COFFEE IS IN A COMPLETELY AIRTIGHT CONTAINER, THERE IS NO REASON WHY YOU CAN’T STORE YOUR COFFEE IN THE FRIDGE OR FREEZER” How long will my coffee last? This is probably the most common question and the answer has many variables. The most obvious one being if the coffee has been ground or not. There is no convenient “best before” date on a bag of coffee, and it doesn’t really go off like other perishables. It is much preferable to keep your coffee as beans, ideally in an airtight container in a cool dark cupboard, and then grind enough for a single cup when you need it. As beans, the optimal time to be drinking is about 4-7 days after the roast date, then after about two weeks the taste will flatten a little, but will by no means be bad or go off. We’ve drunk coffee that has tasted fine over a month after roasting. If the coffee has been ground, that is a different question altogether, and leads nicely on to the next question. Should I put my coffee in the fridge? Can I freeze it? You’ll have probably been told to never put your ground coffee in the fridge, and that is correct to a certain extent. The reason you shouldn’t keep your coffee in the fridge is because ground coffee is hygroscopic, which is just a fancy way to say that coffee absorbs moisture from the air. It’s what means coffee can dissolve into water and become a drink, and also means that almost as soon as you grind your coffee it begins to lose its flavour. If left out in the open, ground coffee will oxidise and go stale. If you put it in the fridge, the coffee will absorb all the moisture it can and start to go bad. Hygroscopic substances absorb odors and, when it comes to coffee, that affects the taste. If you have a bag of coffee in

your fridge as well as an onion, for example, your coffee would taste more and more like onion the longer it is in there. On the other hand, if your fridge smells bad, you can put some coffee in there to neutralise the odor! If your ground coffee is in a completely airtight container, there is no reason why you can’t store your coffee in the fridge or freezer. If you choose to do this, I’d recommend splitting up the coffee into smaller portions, as each time you take it out and open it up, you’ll expose the coffee to a large amount of moisture. How should I store it? So we’ve mentioned two of the things that majorly affect coffee - moisture and oxygen. There are two more factors that are equally important - sunlight and heat. Heat is an obvious one, if you leave food or drink out at room temperature, it goes off quicker that if it’s cold. Molecules move faster the hotter they are, therefore deteriorate quicker. Sunlight, or light in general, causes something called photodegradation. It is the same process that causes the colour of something to fade when left in sunlight. In coffee, the light causes compounds within the coffee to degrade, which affects the taste. Put simply, it makes the coffee go stale. Science aside, how should I store my coffee? Store your coffee as whole beans if you can, in an airtight, opaque container, and put it in a cool dark place. If it’s ground, you can follow the same rules. Freezing it will keep it fresher for longer, but portion it into small amounts to avoid contamination.

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