Coffee and cycling. Two pursuits that define the typical Brightonian and two pursuits that rely heavily upon one another. Visit any major city throughout Europe and you’re likely to find at least one speciality coffee shop which is not only dedicated to artisanal coffee but to the maintenance and upgrading of bicycles as well. The unity of the duo is obvious: whether it is a quick pick-me-up prior to a cycle ride, a sweet boost halfway through, or a rejuvenating brew at the end of a long journey, there is a certain dependency upon one another.
However, in Brighton and Hove we have lacked a shop which caters for both to a high level. Well, that is, until we made our way to Cafe Porteur in West Hove, right at the end of Church Road. As we approach, there are two bikes locked up outside the shop, with another hanging in the window. Upon entering Porteur, you can’t help but enjoy the aesthetically-pleasing layout: wooden slats line the counter, rustic scaffold board dining tables extend out from the walls, which themselves are bedecked with cycling hats, socks, water bottles and cycling-centric posters.
Meanwhile, downstairs in the basement is the bicycle workshop, where you can book in your bike for maintenance or repair and, in this spacious basement area, there is also a cinema room for visitors to sit back and watch live races while enjoying their brew.
On the coffee front, Porteur serve Pharmacie Coffee beans on their Sanremo espresso machine, which offers a smooth and fruity espresso and upholds the high standards set by Pharmacie at their own shop. There’s a selection of home-made food on offer too and, with seating inside and out and all the coffee and live cycling you could want, this is perfect for any riding fanatic and a great visit for fans of good coffee.
Flat White: £2.80
Tue – Fri: 8.00am – 5.00pm
Sat – Sun: 8.00am – 4.00pm
Espresso Machine: Sanremo Verona
Roaster: Pharmacie Coffee Roasters
Grinder: Mahlkonig K30, Anfim Caimano on Demand