Meet the Traders: ‘Browns of Brockley’

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Jop Gotto, Browns of Brockley. Pic: Luize Lazdane

‘Browns of Brockley’ caters for everyone in need of a coffee to kick start their day, unwind after work, or just as a quick stop off. Situated opposite Brockley overground station, Browns is an ideal place to prepare for that dreaded early commute. The independent café has called Brockley its home since October 2009, reaching 4000 followers on Twitter and achieved a five-star review on Time Out.

The shop’s minimalist look places it subtly within the neighbourhood while the pastel colour scheme is attractive to the eye. I meet the manager, Jop Gotto who is eager to tell me more about the business itself. He is a coffee enthusiast himself and takes a lot of pride in the products they sell.

“Our speciality is that we are very focused on the quality of the coffee to deliver the best customer satisfaction,” he says.

Jop says the business sources its ingredients directly from producers to ensure they receive a fair price.

“All of our ingredients, including our food, are very high quality. This ensures consistency in the service that we offer,” the manager explains.

The food range is wide – the typical coffee shop classics; bagels, croissants and cakes neatly aligned in the window. The kitchen also offers salads with top quality produce, which the manager keeps emphasising, with ingredients like Taleggio (semi-soft, Italian cheese) and pumpkin seed pesto. The menu changes every week to keep the shop exciting and the customers eager.

The coffee menu however is quite the opposite. “This might sound a bit strange, but we don’t particularly adapt to peoples requests and modifications to our coffees. We even weigh the amount of coffee that goes into each cup,” Jop smiles. He argues that this strict attitude towards his coffee guarantees a certain service that is consistent and one which equals fantastic coffee every time.

If you would like more information about their menus of the week and daily updates from Browns of Brockley – use this link and follow them on twitter –

By Luize Lazdane

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