Great coffee, great food.
Actually, really great coffee. In Taylor St, the baristas are properly trained and enthusiastic about serving it properly. I can get really geeky about coffee (I'm a fully-fledged trained-up barista myself) and here I can revel in correctly served Flat Whites, beautifully proportioned cappuccinos and balanced, creamy espressos.
But, most importantly, however much you know or care about coffee, here you will definitely get a tasty one. They also have a large selection of teas, although as an espresso purist, I've never gotten as far as trying one.
Food-wise they have a menu of sandwiches, specials and brunches, as well as pastries and cakes. I've had sandwiches here before, although the dull word 'sandwich' doesn't do it justice. The artisan bread is fresh and delicious, and the fillings generous. Last time I had chorizo, rocket and mozarella on some variety of sun-dried tomato bread. It was lovely.
BUT the one thing you simply must visit Taylor St for, if not for anything else, it's the Eggs Benedict.
Wow. The best I HAVE EVER HAD. Ever.
This dish is perfect every time I have eaten it here. The eggs soft with runny yolks, quality bread, just-the-right-type-of-tangy hollandaise and tasty ham. Finished off with a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds, which adds a nice crunch.
The place itself is unfussy. Lots of untreated wood and lived-in furniture, which looks great and feels nice to sit in. It's quite small, so can get busy at times, but the service is pretty fast, so personally I've never had to wait around long for a seat. The staff are friendly, and the prices are average for a cafe around here. Although for the quality of the food and coffee, I would say it's great value.
After a big night out in Brighton we had an 11am train to catch. Thanks to a few slow pokes having a hard time dragging themselves out of their hostel bunks, we were cutting it pretty fine for time, so decided to stop at a cafe on the way to the station for efficiency. It was actually not that easy to find somewhere selling a proper cooked breakfast on a Sunday morning. So when we stopped outside Taylor St Baristas to check out their menu we were thrilled - even more so to see that their biggest table was right by the glass windows and unoccupied.
The tea and coffee was hot and foamy, and soy milk requests were met easily. We were treated to free gluten-free brownie samples while we waited for our breakfast to arrive too - they were delicious!
The food was fresh and tasty, the mushroom on my plate was probably the best mushroom I have ever eaten! And the sausages were a big hit around the table too.
The only problem came when it was time to pay, as paying separately was a real trial for their point of sale software. It took 15 minutes to settle the bill, which in itself was a bit frustrating (for us and the poor woman manning the till) but also resulted in a mad dash up the street to catch our train back to London.
Really love the coffee here. The decor is nice and the price is good. Only reservation would be that the baristas aren't the friendliest, but at least they know what they're doing!
Disappointing coffee's, I like my coffee served hot, not warm or luke warm but hot.
I would have asked them to make another but this one took 10 minutes and I didn't have time even though there wasn't people waiting.
I'm lucky to have found a table as 4 of the tables inc a 4 seater were occupied by single laptop hobo's all with empty cups.
Maybe the cups were empty due to the fact you can drink the coffee in one go as it's barely warm, even so, these laptop hobo's are taking the seats in an independant coffee shop where people may prefer warm coffee.
Excellent service and coffee. They know their beans and brews. Will be going back next time I'm leading the good life either as a Mod or Rocker.
First and for most, I just
want to say thank you to all the yelpers that recommend me this place. I really
had a good time on my first visit in this great café. All the foods are really fresh and in good
Super hot day & looking for a refreshing Iced Latte when I pass by Taylor St Baristas
One word to describe this iced coffee? Spectacular!
When asked how much sugar I wanted, I immediately said umm, none. I wanted the cold bite of the coffee to hit me & not a sweet drink.
They then proceeded to tell me that just a bit of sugar would lessen the bitterness of the coffee that occurs when dousing it in ice, w/out losing its bite so if I would trust them to make it delish, they would use only as little as possible. If I didn't like it, they'd make me another. So w/ nothing to lose, I reluctantly I gave in & boy was I glad I did
Refreshing coffee flavor, no hint of sweetness..... only smooth, rich coffee
These people know what they're doing - trust in their creativity & expert latte-making skills. You'll be glad you did!!
This place is amazing! I'm just passing through town and needed a late breakfast and coffee and loved it. I'm from Los Angeles and is be here all the time if they had it at home. Great coffee great food. I had the veggie breakfast.
After a delicious and filling Sunday roast at a local pub, I decided I need a bit of a caffeine hit to keep me going. I saw Taylor St Baristas while I was walking toward the beach with some fellow Yelpers, so I asked if I could stop in and grab a cup.
The place looked really friendly and welcoming with a few hip and trendy undertones. (Maybe I'm just getting too old!) I ordered a cappuccino. I also noticed that they do guest espresso, so I opted for that to try something different with my cup of coffee. As I was waiting around for it, I was checking out the goods on display, and many of the coffees they had on the shelves smelled absolutely amazing. Every once in awhile I would get a whiff from the kitchen as well, and the food smelled amazing as well!
I got my cappuccino. While tasty, it was unfortunately not a cappuccino. It was a latte. I do have a small pet peeve which has become exacerbated living in the UK about my coffee. Many places do not seem to make a distinction between a cappuccino and a latte. I'm not sure what it is. I have been making (and drinking) espresso drinks for over half my lifetime, and cappuccinos need a good amount of foam and froth on top, of which there was barely any. When you pick up the paper cup, it should be light. This wasn't.
That being said, it was a damn good latte. I really can't fault it. It was the right temperature and the espresso was great!
If you don't know the name, then it's probably because you know Taylor St as that great little coffee place inside Travelbag on Queen's Road. At least, that's how I always referred to them until they (very recently) opened their very own cafe opposite Community Base further up Queen's Road.
Taylor St Baristas is a family-owned Australian coffee company, who take their coffee SERIOUSLY. On their website, they say: In our view, the barista is the most important thing standing between you and a good coffee. Like a chef, the barista's knowledge, skills and techniques critically affect the quality of the product he's preparing. For this reason, our baristas are exhaustively and relentlessly trained and bring, on average, 2-3 years experience to their craft. That's why, without a doubt, this is probably the best place to go for coffee in all of Brighton, especially now that they have their own place in this prime people-watching location (highly important for a coffee shop).
Yesterday, I had the BEST cup of Rooibos tea ever in here loose leaf tea served in these brilliant teabag-style pouches (I cannot find them anywhere but I need some!) I even drank it without milk (which is a first for me) but when they didn't serve me milk, I was afraid to ask for it for fear of tainting this wonderful tea (they know their stuff, after all). You know what? It was blimmin' delicious.
My second visit today, both brilliant.
The first time I had an Aeropress single Estate coffee and today a stonking Nettle & Mistletoe tea whilst the other half had a latte.
They do lunch and snacks.
Nicely placed on the way down into town from Brighton Station.
Good coffee, made the smart way with the right stuff. Significantly better, smaller and nicer than the local competition (Costa closest and a bit further on, everyone else in the coffee game).
Totally bizarre location as a small concession inside a travel agents but hey, I guess they get to sell holidays to the whiff of hot milk and the squeee of coffee machines.
This is the best coffee I have had in the UK, PERIOD. I used to think Flat White in London was the only place I'd get the type of coffee I used to enjoy in Australia. WRONG. Taylor St. Baristas use a smoother espresso coffee whereas Flat White use Monmouth Coffee (Who's speciality is filter coffee, not espresso) and the result is incredible.
I love the coffee here. They've got branches in London now and I think could be the best coffee chain in the UK very quickly!
Came on a trip down to Brighton today to visit the Sister and her family and beforehand I already new where I was going to grab a good coffee first...Only to discover that TSB now have their own place on Queen Street, just down from the station - Awesome!
TSB have a Richmond outlet (my local) and a couple in the City. They are all great so I knew to expect good coffee here.
Forget the chain places -They can be ok, but why only go if you can find a better Indy coffee bar.
The quest for good indy coffee bars can be a minefield of disappointment though and here is somewhere you can guarantee great coffee and friendly staff!
Great Flat White had today - the marker for any gourmet coffee bar in my opinion - creamy and beautifully presented. I have had stronger cups but then I went for the medium rather than the usual short flat (a bit surprised they do a large here. I nearly went for it but decided against knowing I would have the coffee jitters later when I got another coffee somewhere else...) The small array of food offerings looked good to although I did not eat here today.
With really nice staff and a nice ambiance, I am sure they will do well. My bro in law who lives in Brighton goes everyday from work...
I urge you to go.
Visited here on a Sunday afternoon. A nice shop, has good vibes. I tried a latte with biscotti; both were quite good, the latte having a nice tree design etched into the foam. Prices seemed somewhere between average and slightly upscale. I would come back here.
We had the pleasure of a late summer mini break in Brighton this weekend and on a lovely sunny Saturday morning a decent coffee and a spot of brunch seemed like just the thing to set us up for a walk along the beach to Hove.
Taylor St Baristas is situated no more than 5 minutes from the train station, on the main drag which takes you down to the beach. When we arrived at about 11am it looked full to bursting, we were about to turn tail and look elsewhere when one of the very friendly young lady baristas caught our eye and motioned us out back where we found a small terrace with a free table and our name on it.
A menu was soon provided which contained some very tasty looking brunch selections. I kicked off with a flat white which was an excellent example of the baristas art; just the right temperature, lovely consistency and a good strength. B had the filter coffee, which as warned was a little while in the making but was well worth the wait.
On the food front B eggs royal which looked pretty good and came with plenty of smoked salmon. However, the real winner had to be my choice of rarebit which came with a generous portion of ham and was topped off with a perfectly fried egg looked divine and tasted even better.
I finished off my brunch with a double piccolo which was as pretty as a picture in its little glass and packed a nice caffeine punch. By this time all was good with the world and we had been set up beautifully for a stroll along the prom.
On our way out we stopped to admire the collection of coffee porn at the front of the shop. All manner of equipment is available to purchase, at very decent prices, to enhance your coffee drinking pleasure including my own personal favourite the aeropress. I narrowly avoided leaving with a very attractive individual coffee grinder but I like to think that this gives me yet another good reason to return to the most excellent Taylor St Barista.
A wonderful coffeehouse just below the train station on Queen's Road. The well-established Taylor Street have a selection of coffees that can be served in a variety of ways: as espresso, pour over (filter), or as an Aeropress (better than a cafetiere). The staff are highly skilled baristi who are capable of doing anything with roasted coffee (don't read into that too much). Since moving to this new location from the untenable Travel Bag offices, they have expanded their range of edibles to include breakfast and lunch items made fresh from their kitchen.
One of only three or four places I will actively seek out for coffee in Brighton.
Good job guys.
Good, reliable coffee
Taylor St Baristas is a posh coffee shop on the way from the station to North Laine or the Clock Tower. It's seriously good cofeef, which is just as well because the staff can be right up themselves. It can sometimes be hard to get somewhere to sit because there's always a load of people on their computers in there. But it is amazing coffee. So stop by. I love it.
This café used to be inside the Travelbag shop a bit further down the road, but they have now moved to their own separate location. Taylor Street Baristas positions itself as a place for coffee geeks. The tone of the website is almost snobby, which could put some people off, on the other hand it is quite funny (the text suggests that people who don't understand good coffee should 'go back to where they came from' which turns out to be a link to the Starbucks website - naughty!). Also, the coffee is admittedly very very good. I had a flat white, which I looked upon slightly nervously as it was handed to me because the dark dream looked like it was going to be totally killer strong, but it turned out to be beautifully smooth with no bitterness at all. I also had a piece of crème brioche which was very tasty; a nice variation on the standard pain au chocolat/croissant offering of most cafés near the station. They sell salads and sandwiches too which sounded good, so if I'm ever looking to get lunch near the station I may well head to Taylor St. The interior is pleasant, with dark wood tables, and there is a courtyard out the back.
The team at Taylor St Baristas not only make the best coffee ever in Brighton but they'll remember your order, your name and make you feel really welcome too. They sell fantastic food sourced from around Brighton - which is what its also all about
Nice coffee though I noticed a lot of fruit flies, particularly around the cakes which was off-putting. Most were behind glass (though still surrounded by flies) but some cakes and pastries were just sitting on plates uncovered by the counter. For the premium price of the place I would expect better.
If your looking for a great cup of Coffee then this is the place , the Flat White is the best ,great Teas too
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