Thank you to Al and Dan from Small Batch Coffee Roasters
for hosting Coffee Forums UK on Saturday 12th September 2015.
During the London Coffee Festival (back in Feb 2015) we briefly discussed the idea of a forum day in Brighton and Hove, to visit the Small Batch Coffee Roastery and a number of coffeeshops in the surrounding area.
After a few emails to set provisional dates the Small Batch Coffee team put together a great itinerary which started us off at the roastery in Hove, and the day finally rolled around.
First stop - 68 Goldstone Villas - Hove - Small Batch Coffee Roastery and coffeeshop
Jay roasting on the Diedrich at Small Batch Coffee Roasters in Hove.
Your coffee is roasted on a 12kg Diedrich Roaster, skilfully operated by Jay and Al.
We cupped 10 roasts - 4 Small Batch Coffee current crop offerings and 6 pre-season Rwandan sample roasts (2 of which are on the water - headed for the roastery later this year).
During the morning the roaster was always on and the members got to see the process first hand - listening for first crack, viewing the Cropster software tracking the time and temperature and plotting the roast progress against the recipes - and got to taste the results of yesterdays roasts on the cupping table.
Following lunch (which was superb! - thanks Al and Dan) we all bought some coffee and then headed into Brighton.
First stop was Coffee @ 33 - hosted by Coffee Forums UK
They were roasting themselves and the aroma filled their shop and the street outside - enticing more people in.
This was the first 'espresso' stop.
Delightful coffee and yummy pastries too.
After a few minutes we headed to Taylor Street Baristas for more piccolo's flat whites and espresso, then headed on to Bond Street Coffee to try their espresso, brewed coffee and iced lattes, before ending up at Small Batch Coffee on Jubilee Street where we drank pints of iced flat whites and ate cake.
The Small Batch Coffee coffeeshop fitout on Jubilee Street was brilliant - with a very long bar, a great selection of drinks and plenty of opportunity to people watch too. The coffee was showcased really well, and all coffeeshops we visited today were places I would happily recommend (and visit again).
The hospitality of Al and Dan was outstanding and I encourage all members to support them by visiting their coffeeshops when in the area, and visiting their web store to purchase their lovely beans.
The standout from their offering on the cupping table for me was the Ethiopia Wenago - a natural processed coffee which screamed blueberries.
I'm also genuinely excited about their new-crop Rwandan's - keep an eye out for those as they are sure to be very popular.
To view photos from today's visit please visit my Flickr