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Shop Front: Black Sheep Coffee ‘Leaves The Herd Behind’

Published on: 5 Feb, 2023
Updated on: 6 Feb, 2023

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“Oh no. Yet another coffee shop in Guildford,” goes the cry. But Black Sheep Coffee is different. It says it’s the only retail coffee company in the world to serve 100% specialty grade Robusta coffee in a market dominated by Arabica.

And staff at the new Guildford coffee shop at the bottom of North Street are proud of the differences.

The new Black Sheep Coffee shop in North Street, Guildford.

Shop manager Rhett Abraham spoke about the Robusta bean as well as the other varieties available. They included the Ethiopian bean Love Berries, Colombian Blue Volcano, the Bosa Nova from Brazil and the Rebel Decaf from Vietnam. Wonderful names.

He said: “Our strapline is ‘Leave the herd behind’ and we like to do things differently.

“The quality of our coffees is a huge advantage. People say they love our coffee when they come in for the first time. And then they come again. We are also getting people who know our coffee from London where the Black Sheep Coffee chain started.”

Urban street art decor in the new Black Sheep Coffee shop in North Street, Guildford.

Rhett said he has has a whopping 10 staff working in the shop with five or six on at any time.

It was busy when I went in to chat with Rhett in a comfortable set-up with an urban street art-decor style.

Rhett said: “All staff are well trained in coffee knowledge and know the different types of beans available. We are mostly in London but we are expanding. The Guildford shop is the first in Surrey.”

Expect latte art when you order in Black Sheep Coffee in Guildford.

All the usual and expected food is available including bagels and toasties, Norwegian waffles and pastries and cakes.

Why Guildford? “There are lots coffee drinkers in Guildford,” Rhett replied.

Looking at the number of customers, I can believe it.

The shop can be found at 24 to 25 North Street, Guildford GU1 4TA.

Opening hours are Monday to Saturday 6.30am to 8pm and Sunday 7.30am to 6.30pm.

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Responses to Shop Front: Black Sheep Coffee ‘Leaves The Herd Behind’

  1. Frank Phillipson Reply

    February 8, 2023 at 6:45 am

    Surely a “flock”, not a herd.

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