From the UK’s first Green Party MP, to the many cycle lanes and eco warriors based in Brighton, we’re a city dedicated to sustainability. However, that’s not always been the case in the coffee industry, as we throw away hundreds of thousands of disposable cups each year.
The BYO Coffee Cup scheme has helped curve attitudes but one shop that is trying to force the issue is the recently-opened Baker Street Coffee, situated on (you guessed it!) Baker Street, just off London Road. Their pledge to help end single-use coffee cups has seen them become the first shop in the city to ban takeaway cups altogether, subsiding their reusable cups to make it an affordable concept for many.
As you approach, the calming navy blue exterior is a welcoming presence, and once inside you’re surrounded by wood on all sides; from the floorboards to the seating and shelves to the wall decor. The drinks menu is minimal, with the regular milky offering (Flat White, Latte, Cappuccino and Mocha) alongside their espresso, black coffee and tea options.
Their beans come from Coffee at 33 and our espresso produced hazelnut and dark chocolate flavours on first taste before cooling to give off caramel and lemon zest notes. They also provide water with your drink which is always a nice touch.
Much like Coffee at 33, the aesthetic is very stripped back, with old beer barrels as seating, plain white walls, a minimalist plant selection as well as a limited offering of cakes and pastries. Unlike 33, though, music is audible. Yet, it tends to lean on the calmer, more ambient side, taking you away from the hustle and bustle of The Level and London Road directly outside.
Their milk options are simple: dairy or Oatly. With no alternative milk tax either, this new spot is already a leading light in Brighton when it comes to sustainability.
Flat White: £2.60
Mon – Fri: 8.00am – 4.00pm
Address: 23B Baker Street, Brighton, BN1 4JN
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco Linea
Roaster: Coffee at 33
Grinder: Mazzer Luigi