The Best Independent Coffee Shops in Brighton

Red Roaster Coffee Shop

Café culture is big business, and relaxing with the world’s favourite caffeinated drink in one of Brighton and Hove’s top coffee houses is a popular activity. All around town you can see all

sorts of places for people to pick up a latte or espresso, whether it’s a quick cup of Americano from Starbucks to take to work or a bespoke beverage to enjoy with a friend from one of the many independent coffee houses in the city.

Brighton is a great place to visit, and many people to choose to spend their time there unwinding in coffee houses and cafes, watching the world go by. As students, artisans, business people and commuters hurry past a coffee shop, inside smug individuals sip hot beverages and contemplate the meaning of it all. Whether it’s going bohemian in one of the funky coffee houses which can be found in the North Laine or South Lanes, or just warming up at a café down on the seafront with a steaming hot cup of coffee. Enjoy the coffee, the cake, the ambience or the free wi-fi in one of these independent coffee houses in Brighton and Hove.

Red Roaster

Up St. James Street, as you walk towards Kemp Town, you can find Red Roaster. An original, independent coffee house, and one of Brighton’s oldest. Here you can find single origin beans from Indonesia, Africa, America and India, which are roasted in small batches behind the counter. The dates of the batches along with prices are chalked up on the blackboard, while bigger batches of the Brighton’s café’s own house blend, organic blend and decaffeinated blend are freshly roasted on site.

Red Roaster Coffee Shop

And it’s not just passing trade – Redroaster deliver their beans wholesale to over forty local businesses, including Komedia, Infinity Foods, vegan restaurant Terre a Terre, the Real Patisserie in Kemp Town. Local hairdressers, language schools and breweries are also said to enjoy Redroaster coffee. In the evening the café can transform into a licensed venue, holding tango-dancing, poetry and spoken word nights, as well as plays, book launches and music nights.

Café Coho
In a relatively short period of time, Café Coho has got a name as one of the best coffee houses in Brighton. Situated between Ship Street and Middle Street, it is an attractive and intimate interior, and a more relaxed lounge upstairs. As well as having some of the friendliest staff in town, they really do make a mean cup of coffee.

Cafe Coho Coffee Shop in Brighton

Small Batch Coffee
Roasting all their coffee in Hove, Small Batch Coffee now sell their coffee all over Brighton & Hove. Their coffee is of a high quality, and is reasonably priced. Their coffee houses also offer a welcoming atmosphere. As well as two cafes in Hove, they also sell their coffee below MyHotel on Jubilee Street, as well as both Brighton and Hove railway stations.

Small Batch Coffee Shop in Brighton

As well as great coffee, there’s good karma on offer too. Whether selling as wholesale, to retail customers or home enthusiasts, Small Batch are committed to sourcing, roasting and brewing the finest fair trade coffee.

Which are your favourite coffee house or café in Brighton and Hove? Tell us in the comments…

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alistair feest January 20, 2012 at 2:48 pm

I would ask you to look at the Moksha Cafe on London Road. Oli and his team have awesome coffee and all food is made on the premise. Free wifi too.


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