This week (April 16th - 22nd) thousands of coffee shops across the UK are joining together to raise funds for Project Waterfall for #UKCoffeeWeek 2018.

100% of donations received from UK Coffee Week will go to Project Waterfall, an initiative dedicated to bringing clean water facilities to coffee growing communities. Coffee is one of the largest and most powerful industries in the world. Over 500 billion cups of coffee are consumed globally each year, and every one of those cups is an opportunity to make a difference. 

If you want to support this fantastic cause these are the independent Brighton venues taking part. 

Ever wanted to know what taking tea in a junk shop would be like? Look no further. Every zany object from the Chewbacca head to the mannequin forearm for a door-knob has been carefully selected, as has the even zanier menu to match. Their “green eggs and ham” would make Dr Seuss proud - the green referring to the homemade pesto. Experimental cakes abound, from beetroot brownies to baked Oreo cheesecake. For the inner hippy, there’s always their fresh mint tea and hearty vegan selection. With a live music venue upstairs that appears to be furnished by somebody’s granny (but in a cool way) this is the place to be seen in Brighton. That is, if you can find it tucked away in its little nook on Ship Street.

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Mojo Coffee House are serious about their coffee! Owners Karl & Annette looked to create a venue where great coffee was aplenty, wholesome food was affordable and friends could meet with the community. They've certainly managed to do just that! With two venues, on Lewes Road and Queens Road, there's twice as much nice available. Enjoy their homemade cakes, muffins or fresh croissants to go, paninis, breakfasts and much more. Now serving alcohol at their Lewes Road cafe, there's really no reason to miss it!

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Apparently, one in every five startup ideas are conceived on holiday. This rang true for John, founder of Eten + Drinken. The eureka moment for a Dutch corner caf struck him when visiting family in the Netherlands. So you can't say it wasn't born out of authenticity. These guys are really into their coffee, serving premium dark bar Premium Dark Bar (dubbed PDB) and is a blend of central American arabica and robusta beans. Try one of the delicious Dutch sandwiches, brunch bites, cakes or Dutch specialties such as Kroketten and Bitterballen. Wholesome, authentic Dutch grub. There's a lot to be said for a friendly face in the morning, and service with a smile, and you won't be let down at The North Laine’s newest addition.

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With seven locations across Brighton & Hove, Small Batch is quickly becoming . . . well, not that small. But this coffee roastery/cafe business is doing things extremely well; they share a passion for good coffee without the snobbery, they’ve maintained a strong family ethos in a fast growing business, they travel out to meet their producers - looking to create sustainable long-term relationships as part of an impressively holistic approach to their work. But all you really need to know is that you can get an unparalleled cup-of-the-good-stuff in a stylish joint whilst getting well looked after - every time.

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Flour Pot have three branches dotted around Brighton; our favourite is Sydney Street. Amongst all the hustle and bustle of Brighton, the combination of the minimalistic interior, gorgeously smooth coffee and freshly baked breads and pastries creates an instantly calming atmosphere. Flour Pot Bakeries are an exception to the chaos of coffee shops; they take time and effort to create the perfect experience, whether that be a quick morning espresso or a relaxed late-morning brunch. With its charming outside seating, it's the perfect place to take a pew, enjoy a flat white and watch the world go by.

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To most food-loving Brightonians, Mange Tout needs no introduction. Established in 2009, Mange Tout has created consistently fabulous food, working hard to build itself a well-deserved and sterling reputation as one of the city's best loved and most highly respected independent bistros. The food itself centres around simple, elegant and seasonal cookery, with all dishes crafted from locally sourced produce and ingredients. There's a stunning brunch menu – be sure not to miss the heavenly 'full mange tout' cooked breakfast complete with free range Sussex bacon, Toulouse sausage, roasted mushrooms, spinach, tomato compote, organic eggs and organic tartine. What we're totally enamoured with, though, is the beautiful lunch menu. A chalk board details the small but perfectly formed list of daily changing starters, mains, sides, cheeses and desserts. Go with a group of loved ones and order one of everything - Mange Tout is french for 'eat everything', after all! There's also a fabulous selection of drinks – locally roasted coffee and sustainably sourced teas sit comfortably beside a pretty special list of natural wines.

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One of the original independent bakeries, Real Patisserie now have 5 sites across Brighton and Hove, all run completely self-sufficiently. Whilst there are common themes, each shop has their own onsite kitchen and highly trained team so this is not a chain but more of a collective group of baking superheroes. They create wonderful wedding creations and I can recommend the croque-en-bouche for a tasty alternative to a 3 tier cake or the ubiquitous cupcakes or if you want to hold a tea party without the effort, then their party food option will leave you sipping prosecco whilst someone else labours over a second prove. The Kemptown shop hold regular informal classes so you can practice your perfect focaccia and rye breads as well as enjoy a lunch. So it’s up to you, either grab your pinny and bake up a storm… or simply pick up a few freshly baked croissants, wander down to the seafront and have a gentle start to the day.

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This funky indecent coffee shop has come a long way since it first opened its doors back in 2007. From the humble coffee shop to a food-led place for breakfast and lunch. They love to challenge themselves on keeping on top of food trends and providing top quality produce from local and ethically sourced food. Run by Oliver de Trafford who has got a long background in hospitality where he originally trained and worked as a chef. With a dream of running his own restaurant, he eventually left his job as a manager for a high street coffee chain to set up Moksha with the help of his mum Kate and stepdad Karl. Did you know that Moksha means release and liberation? A fitting name for a café, hoping to provide you with just that and good food.

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Tucked away in the heart of Poet's Corner, Hove lies 44 Poets. Although these guys are fresh on the scene, they've already made a splash since landing a few short months ago, and have rapidly joined the ranks of Brighton and Hove's most hotly desired destinations for coffee lovers. Passionate about top quality coffee, 44 Poets' blend of choice is Red Brick, roasted by the award-winning Square Mile Coffee Roasters. In the skilful hands of the 44 Poets team, these beans take on a delectable flavour, and are utterly delicious. Equally respected by coffee aficionados and loved by those of us who just want something smooth and easy-drinking, this is the place to go in the Hove area for a delicious cup of Joe - where quality is the core consideration for everything 44 Poets does. The space itself, although small, is flooded with natural light thanks to its enormous windows, making 44 Poets a truly lovely place to sit and watch the world go by.

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Published -16th April 2018