Where is the best coffee in Brighton?
The hunt for Britain’s best coffee continues. Today, I want to talk about Small Batch Coffee in Brighton. Brighton is one of my favourite places in the world and unsurprisingly, there’s no shortage of places to go for a good cup of Joe.
Small Batch has become a favourite over the last couple of years. There’s a few branches spread around Brighton and Hove as well as one in Worthing; I usually visit Jubilee Street or Brighton Station. Jubilee Street gets busy so get there outside peak caffeine hours or get in early if you don’t want to wait. It will be well worth the wait though.
For my money, it’s the best coffee in town, smooth and tasty with a few complex flavours thrown for good measure. I usually go for a cappuccino and Small Batch never disappoints; just the right temperature with that intense, milky froth of delight. The selection of snacks and pastries always looks good too though I’ve always been behaving myself when visiting. I’ll have to do something about that next time.
Small Batch are self-confessed coffee nerds and the company began life as a small family business. I love their ethos of working closely with producers to build long-standing, mutually beneficial ethical relationships. For example, they pay their producers significantly higher than the Fair Trade minimum rate. They select only the best beans and roast the coffee themselves in (you guessed it) small batches in their state of the art roastery in Brighton. Ultimately, this all shines through in the quality of the coffee you get to drink in their shops.
There are a few other neat little innovations I like. Coffee masterclasses are a great idea, especially for those of us with coffee machines and no idea how to get the best out of them. You can also buy coffee to use at home by subscription which always sounds sensible to me. Their website is great too and usually has a featured coffee; currently a little number from Burundi which promises “winegums, blackcurrant, red grape and dark chocolatey notes.” Might have to get me some of that.
If you’re down in Brighton and looking for a good coffee, I’d suggest looking no further than Small Batch. Bottoms up!
Love coffee? Check out my recent review of Bicicletta in Saffron Walden.