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Redroaster coffee house and roastery, Brighton

A little way up a narrow old street called St James’s, off the Old Steine (Brighton’s main thoroughfare) and opposite the Royal Pavilion, Redroaster, an original and independent coffee house, has been embedded in the heart of the city for many years. As Ian Boughton says in 'Coffee-house Capers', "Redroaster in Brighton, a very well-regarded coffee-house, was way ahead of the much vaunted vogue for 'roaster-retailers' or people who roast on their own premises." Coffee blogger Damn Fine Joe notes: "Redroaster is a legendary coffee house and roasterie in Brighton, that has been producing gourmet coffee for well over a decade". The coffee house is also recommended by The New York Times as a 'go-to destination' in their book, '36 Hours: 125 Weekends in Europe'. Simon Kirby, MP for Brighton Kemp Town and Peacehaven, said: "Redroaster is a very special place. It’s a Brighton institution”. He was introducing the cafe to Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, Paymaster General, and MP for Horsham.

New harvests of single estate arabica coffee beans from Indonesia, Africa, Central America and India are freshly roasted every week on the original red roaster behind the cafe counter, with roasting dates and prices chalked up on the blackboard. The House espresso blend, certified Organic blend and Decaffeinated coffee are selected, hand-roasted and blended by chief coffee roaster Paul Stephens. Paul is a Licensed Q Grader, accredited by the Quality Coffee Institute, which means he is qualified to grade samples of coffee submitted by coffee growers all over the world.

Redroaster make their own hot chocolate now. Senior supervisor Amandine has been fine-tuning her mother's original recipe, with its home-made, full-flavoured taste, over the last few months. (Amandine grew up in her parents hotel/restaurant near Bordeaux). “Our hot chocolate is freshly made and contains no preservatives or additives or dairy products,” she says.  (See 'Chocolate is good for you').

The atmosphere inside the cafe is airy and spacious with high vaulted skylights in the ceiling which light the changing exhibitions of artwork on the walls. There are national newspapers and journals freely available to read as well as free Wifi. Skilled volunteers are welcome to play on the piano, donated by a loyal customer. The cafe is wheelchair-friendly and has a convenient downstairs toilet especially for the disabled. There is even a vast collection of coffee pots and coffee grinders through the ages if you look up high.

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7.45/8pm Thursday 26 March
£5 (£4 concs.)
Pighog Poetry @ Redroaster
Vanessa Gebbie  "Through her portraits of her father, the series of war poems and through forgotten landscapes, she writes beautifully of absence, of loss, and of the things we can't let go" Andrew Forster
Robert Hamberger  Robert Hamberger's poetry has been broadcast on Radio 4 and published in The Spectator, The New S...Read More >
7.45/8pm Tuesday 7 April
Poets in conversation: Khalvati and Wills
Mimi Khalvati has published eight collections with Carcanet Press, including Child: New and Selected Poems, a Poetry Book Society Special Commemoration, and The Meanest Flower, which was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize.
Jackie Wills has published five collections of poetry, of which Powder Tower (Arc, 1995), was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize. She was...Read More >
8pm Thursday 7 May
Nick Sayers Brighton Solargraphs: The Sun Over the City
Brighton Fringe events at Redroaster (venue 173)
These photos reveal a dreamlike, four-dimensional view of the city and the Sun's tracks across the sky as it passes from winter to summer.
They were shot using handmade beer-can pinhole cameras, often secretly attached to buildings and street furniture.
The Exhibition runs f...Read More >
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Opening Times:
7.00 am to 7.00pm Monday to Saturday
8.00am to 6.30pm on Sunday
Always a fantastic cup of coffee