There are many coffee shops in Brighton, from international chains to smaller chains such as the excellent Taylor St Baristas, to independent shops. If you are a coffee connoisseur, then a trip to Bond St. Coffee is a must: these folks take their coffee very seriously. Bond St. Coffee is an independent shop and is located (as the name suggests) in Bond Street in the North Laine. Their coffee is roasted by Horsham Coffee Roaster and they serve speciality coffees from around the world – the menu changes regularly. You will find expresso based drinks such as the Americano and wonderful long black and milk based espresso drinks such as latte and cappuccino on the menu. You can also have tea and hot chocolate too. They also serve a selection of cakes and pastries from local suppliers.
I do not profess to being a coffee aficionado and I admit openly to drinking and enjoying instant coffee (!!). However, i do appreciate a decent coffee and I like to support independent shops. So what makes this Bond St. Coffee a coffee drinker’s dream? Well, their coffee is single-origin rather than blended and and there is a choice of two single-origin coffees for all of their espresso based drinks and also a choice of two for their filter coffee. They have particular ways of serving their coffee, such as serving their milk based espresso at a certain temperature (not too hot) to ensure that the flavour of the coffee comes through. This reminds me of the coffee I drank in Italy – it was never too hot.
The decor is simple and ‘stripped back’ – leather sofas, wooden floors and wooden crates. There is also a tribute to Nicholas Cage on the wall 🙂 The ambience is relaxed and cosy.
On a recent visit, I ordered a long black and a very delectable chocolate and raspberry brownie. The coffee (from Tanzania) was perfect – as you can see from my picture below, a nice crema on top – and served at a good drinking temperature. I also got a small jug of water. The brownie, which I believe was from the local Twit Twoo Bakery , was rich and gooey – just as a brownie should be! The raspberries cut through the sweetness and richness nicely.
If you are in need of a caffeine fix, know and love your coffee and are bewildered by the many choices of coffee shops in Brighton, then do pay Bond St. Coffee a visit. The cakes aren’t bad too!
Bond St. Coffee
15, Bond Street
East Sussex. BN1 1RD
Tel: +44 (0)7807 220121
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 08.00 – 18.00
Saturday 09.00 – 18.00
Sunday 10.00 – 18.00
Typical cost per person for coffee and cake: Around £5