A trip to Brighton would not be complete without visiting the Small Batch Coffee Company. Since opening their roastery in 2007 they have opened 7 coffee shops and stalls in Brighton and Hove. Our recent trip to the south coast took us to two of these, their flagship branch on Jubilee Street and then to their much smaller shop on Wilbury Road in Hove.
Their flagship shop on Jubilee Street is located in the heart of the Brighton shopping district, serving a constant stream of shoppers, tourists and office workers. We recently visited on a Saturday during their lunch rush but were able to find a place to sit and enjoy our coffee. The shop interior was designed by Chalk Architecture using a mixture of reclaimed and new materials. You’ll find no boring straight lines here, with the curved wooden clad wall at the back, a curved frontage dominating the unit and industrial lighting fixtures throughout.
"The quality of their coffee shines through at the brew bar"
Our first coffee of the day was a flat white using their signature Goldstone Espresso blend of Mexican, Guatemalan and Ethiopian beans, an enjoyable cup of coffee with a nice acidity that worked well with the milk.
The real highlight was the brew bar, a must see for any filter coffee enthusiast as this is where the quality of their coffee shines through. We sat by the bar, ordering Brazil Fazenda Sao Silvestre brewed by cafetiere and Bolivia Nueva Llusta brewed by v60, which were served neatly on custom branded wooden trays. These were two very different coffees, the Bolivian being a light coffee whereas the Brazilian is more heavy bodied with a fruitier finish. These coffees catered to our differing tastes and were served by knowledgeable and chatty baristas.
Their cafe on Wilbury Road is a complete contrast to the store on Jubilee Street
Visited on the 21 February
After wandering The Lanes we then had a nice walk down the coast, walking away from the busy Brighton centre and finding ourselves in Hove at their shop on the corner of Wilbury Road. This shop is a complete contrast to their flagship store, the residential location means that it has a much calmer atmosphere attracting a number of regulars and locals rather than tourists and tired shoppers.
The shop interior was also designed by Chalk Architecture, with both new and reclaimed materials used including some salvaged from a yard in Kent. It has similar post-industrial features to their store on Jubilee Street, but it also has it’s own identity with the darker wooden cladding, different light fittings and quirky decorative touches such as the gnome stools. We both had our second flat white of the day with the house espresso blend, this was another enjoyable and well made cup of coffee served by their friendly baristas.
"A much calmer atmosphere that attracts locals to the shop"
The Small Batch Company have made an impression on the coffee scene both locally and nationally with their sale of both retail and wholesale beans. We met them briefly at Cup North in Manchester in 2014 where we bought a bag of their Grand Fromage beans which easily ranked as one of our top filter coffees of the year.
The Small Batch Coffee Company is one that should not be missed.
Their emphasis on quality is seen not only with their excellent coffee but also in the presentation of their cafes, high standard of customer service and also the brands that they source locally for their stores. The Small Batch Coffee Company is one that should not be missed.