Black Mocha | Revisit

Black Mocha | Revisit

You might remember that I visited Black Mocha back in June and left a little undecided on my overall verdict. Here’s a little recap of my final thoughts when I visited and blogged a review previously:

So far for me, the jury is still kind of out. I’m keen to go back and try more of their food options, as well as indulging in the single origin chocolate on offer, but I was disappointed by the coffee I had here. Everyone’s idea of a Third Place is different, but I’m so often disappointed by independents that look like they should produce a great flat white and don’t (problems of over saturation of coffee in Brighton!), so it’s become an important factor for me when finding my place. So watch this space, and I will get back to you!

Black Mocha previously caught my attention with their incredible raw vegan cake, but their coffee left me a little disappointed with the overall experience. I was determined that a place choosing to serve Monmouth espresso could do better, so I promised myself to come back again and give it another go, as well as the single origin chocolates and veggie lunch options.

A view of the North Laine
A view of the North Laine

Food and Coffee

So that is exactly what I did. I chose a day that I had planned to work remotely, so I could hole myself up in Black Mocha and really get a feel for the place. I started my day with a flat white and pain au chocolat, and was over the moon when I sipped my coffee to find my tastebuds flooded with the fruity notes of their Monmouth espresso. There it was! The perfect temperature and milk quality too, this flat white was everything it should be and maybe even one of the best I’ve had in a while.

Flat white
Flat white

I worked away a couple of hours before deciding to check out the lunch options. Black Mocha offer a range of vegetarian sandwiches, which you can have toasted, as well as savoury muffins and soup. There’s even a pretty sweet deal on involving a toasted sandwich and soup for £6.50, a great value and filling lunch offer! I chose a toasted brie, spiced apple chutney and spinach sourdough sandwich, and opted for the white hot chocolate, the thing that I was most anxious to try.

The sourdough bread was perfectly soft and the right amount of chewy, without being tough as many can be, whilst the melted brie was absolutely delicious. This was complemented perfectly with the gingery apple chutney and overall made a surprisingly indulgent sandwich!

Brie, spiced apple chutney and spinach sourdough
Brie, spiced apple chutney and spinach sourdough

And now, the single origin white hot chocolate. What a delight! Dusted with nutmeg and cinnamon, this made the perfect cosy treat for a chilly, autumnal afternoon and I really didn’t want it to end. Served at the perfect drinking temperature, I wasted no time in basically necking this like a recovering chocolate addict. Although there were no feelings of shame after, I’m pleased to say.

Final Verdict?

Black Mocha has completely won me over since visit number one and I’ve since been back for more, as well as recommended the white hot chocolate for a great autumnal alternative to a PSL!

As I said in my previous review, a real warmth comes through in the atmosphere at Black Mocha and it makes a great place to spend some time, whether working or lunching with friends. When looking for a place to stop for a tasty working lunch or indulgent wintery treat, Black Mocha has now become one of my go-to third place spots!

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