We’re blessed in Brighton with a wealth of high-end artisan coffee shops. Turn a corner, take a random alleyway or simply head straight, and you’re likely to come into contact with speciality coffee, using speciality equipment, soon enough. For some, buying the best gadgets and appliances on the market can create a case of all the gear but no idea, whereas for others, the high-end nature of the store only helps to add to the quality on offer.
Yet, push outside the walls of central Brighton and Hove and the odds of stumbling across elite coffee shops start to reduce. It’s not that these shops don’t exist, they just take some searching. As is the case for Okka, found midway up Dyke Road as it meets with the Upper Drive.
The upscale aesthetic of the interior is striking as soon as you enter; exposed brick walls, vintage wooden counters, chic lighting hanging from the ceiling, and quirky ornaments, that include a table-top telescope, all combine elegantly to create a luxurious shop layout.
This, however, doesn’t take away from the coffee at all. Serving Square Mile’s Red Brick blend on their Sanremo espresso machine, the coffee offered a creamy mouthfeel with rich, fudge-like notes before giving way to flavours of orange and brown sugar as it cooled.
With an eye for detail and a focus on quality, Okka is a worth a trip outside of the city’s centre. Just make sure you know where you’re going.
Mon – Fri: 8.30am – 5.30pm
Sat: 8.30am – 5.30pm
Sun: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Flat White: £2.40
Espresso machine: Sanremo Roma
Roaster: Square Mile Coffee Roasters
Grinder: Mahlkonig EK43, Simonelli Mythos 1