Another new coffee shop hits Brighton: Trading Post Coffee Roasters
Since I’ve taken the leap from employed to self-employed I’ve been working in a little office space downstairs in our house. Two weeks in, cabin fever set in and Simon and I began to get a little tetchy with each other. He works from home the majority of the time and although I love him to bits, we’re definitely the sort of couple that needs our own space occasionally. Cue my search for coffee shops with good working spaces and free WiFi.
Cassette Lord has been let loose in the building
On the former site of Rickshaw Oriental, right next to Steamer Trading Cook Shop, there’s a brand new coffee shop – Trading Post Coffee Roasters. My first thought when I spotted it was “not ANOTHER coffee shop” but noticing it was offering a breakfast and lunch menu as well, I decided it was worth a visit.
Trading Post Coffee Roasters is huge, with seating for around 60, set over two floors. The ground floor is smaller and taken over by a rather flashy looking coffee machine at the counter and what I assume is machinery for the in-house roasting. Cassette Lord has been let loose in the building too, making his mark with a large graffiti mural on one of the exposed-brick walls by the entrance and further up the stairs.
Upstairs feels like a converted attic, with natural light flooding through the white wooden sash windows and filament light bulbs hanging at various lengths above the gorgeous wooden staircase. Talking about the decor is all very well but what you really want to know is, is the coffee (and the food) any good? The short answer to that is yes.
The long answer involves a little more waffle about how the Master Roaster, Simone Curatolo, is an Italian from two generations of coffee roasters and the organic, Fairtrade beans are roasted on site using an artisan roasting method. Read more about that on the company’s website.
Not 1, not 2, but 3 choices of vegan coffee – only in Brighton
Just like Starbucks, you have to order and pay up at the counter. I’m not really a fan of this and I would have most likely bought another cup of coffee and possibly cake as well if there had been table service.
To drink I ordered a latte – £2.70, which came served in a Picardie style tumbler glass with a little latte art decorated in the foam top. Without adding any sugar it was bitter to taste, although once I had dropped a lump or two of brown sugar in, it became smoother and more enjoyable – it’s also pretty strong too. Just whilst I’m on the coffee, if you’re leading a dairy-free diet you’ll be pleased to know that there’s not one, not two but three vegan coffee options for you to try out. Soy, oat and almond milk – take your pick this place has them all.On the food front, I found myself more impressed having ordered the Bacon & Avocado Eggs Benedict – £8.50. It came served in the traditional American manner with two halves of an English muffin toasted and topped with bacon, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce but with the addition of diced avocado, raw spinach leaves and a balsamic glaze to dress. Everything about this was well-executed. The bacon was just the right level of crispy (i.e. firm to bite but didn’t burst into dust as you chomp), both poached eggs were runny and the hollandaise sauce was thick and creamy. Plus the portions were just right – filling me up right up ’til dinner.
RATING: Must Go | Worth A Try | Give It A Miss
Although I enjoyed the food and I’m pleased to see vegan options, design-wise it feels as if someone has gone through a “hipster checklist” and tried to tick everything off. Exposed brickwork – tick, filament light pendants – tick, reclaimed wood – tick, graffiti mural – tick. That said, I’m sure I’ll be back to try more of the menu and use the space to work. The free WiFi makes it an ideal study spot for students or the perfect escape from the office or distractions of home. If you’re looking for somewhere unique and a little more “underground” head to Twin Pines on St James’s Street. It features in my recent Independent Coffee Shop Guide and it’s one of the hottest new spots in Brighton right now.
Trading Post Coffee Roasters
36 Ship Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AB
What are your thoughts on Trading Post Coffee Roasters? Does Brighton need another coffee shop? Leave me a comment below or tweet me, @foodieeshe.