Press Bros. Coffee, Lark Lane

An espresso served in a classic black cup with the words "Press Bros. Coffee" on the front.Press Bros. Coffee was recommended by my old friends at Neighbourhood Coffee when I visited Liverpool two weeks ago. Founded by three brothers who, in 2018, bought a converted Piaggio coffee van, Press Bros. began life in the Baltic Market (where the Piaggio is still going strong). Three years later, in October 2021, Press Bros. opened its first bricks and mortar store on Lark Lane in Aigburgh, south of the city centre and a stone’s throw from Sefton Park.

Press Bros. has come a long way from the Piaggio van, with Lark Lane, the subject of today’s Coffee Spot, offering a lot more than coffee. There’s an all-day brunch menu, sandwiches and cakes, along with tea and a range of draught and canned beer, plus wine and cocktails. When it comes to coffee, Neighbourhood provides a bespoke house blend on espresso, where it’s joined by a guest espresso, which changes every month. There are also a couple of filter options, which are matched to a specific preparation method. For June, this was Neighbourhood’s Born Sipping, a naturally-processed coffee from smallholders in the Konga region of Ethiopia (AeroPress) and the Las Guerreras, a Mexican single-origin from Girls Who Grind (V60).

You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.

  • On the corner of Lark Lane & Sefton Grove, a narrow turret rises above Press Bros. Coffee.
  • The view from the other direction on Lark Lane (heading away from Sefton Park).
  • Press Bros. goes a bit further back on Sefton Grove, all the way to the orange bins in fact.
  • There's a little bit of outdoor seating on the pavement on Sefton Grove.
  • The door is on the corner at 45°, showing no favouritism to Lark Lane or Sefton Grove.
  • There's limited seating on the Lark Lane side, with this six-person  window-bar to the left...
  • ... of the door and these four chairs opposite it at the end of the counter.
  • The counter runs along the wall parallel to Sefton Grove, starting opposite the door.
  • The bulk of the seating is along the windows looking out onto Sefton Grove.
  • There are three of these two-person tables opposite the counter...
  • ... while there are more tables along a padded sofa-bench in the second part of Press Bros.
  • There are three more tables against another sofa-bench on the opposite wall.
  • Press Bros. is a green space, with lots of hanging plants in the windows.
  • There are more of these down the Sefton Grove side.
  • The counter, as seen from the tables opposite.
  • There's a drinks menu on the wall behind the counter...
  • ... with a more detailed printed menu, which includes brunch and sandwiches on one side...
  • ... and alcohol on the other.
  • Cakes are displayed on the top of the counter...
  • ... while there is a small retail selection at the left-hand end of the counter...
  • ... which includes some very special coffee from guest roaster, Girls Who Grind.
  • There's more retail available on a small set of shelves to the right of the counter.
  • Talking of which, the right-hand end of the counter is where you'll find the KB90 espresso...
  • ... machine and its twin grinders, one for the house blend and one for the guest.
  • I decided to have a shot of the guest espresso from Girls Who Grind.
  • It's the Karin Hernandez, a washed coffee from Guatemala, served in a classic black cup.
  • However, I'll leave you with my lunch, the avo toast, from the all-day brunch menu.
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Press Bros. Coffee is in the leafy suburb of Aigburgh, which is well connected by both train and bus to the city centre. At the northern end of Lark Lane, on the corner with Sefton Grove, it occupies part of the ground floor of a lovely building with a distinctive corner tower, which stands directly above Press Bros. door. This is on the corner at 45° to both Lark Lane and Sefton Grove and leads you into the front half of Press Bros., where you’ll find the counter.

This runs down the back wall, starting opposite the door. To your left, there’s a gap between the counter and the windows looking out onto Lark Lane, allowing room for a six-person window-bar, plus a further four bar chairs along the short side of the counter. There’s more seating to the right of the door, where three two-person tables occupy the windows opposite the counter. There’s also limited outdoor seating, with a pair of narrow, tall wooden tables on the pavement on Sefton Grove, one with a backless bench, the other with a pair of benches.

From the outside, you’d be forgiven for thinking that’s all there is to Press Bros, particularly as there’s appears to be a door to the right of the windows. However, appearances can be deceptive, with the door no more than a decorative feature. Inside, Press Bros. extends further along Sefton Grove, occupying that was clearly once a separate room to the right, the party wall having been knocked through, leaving a small stub on either side.

A padded sofa-bench now stands where the door would have been, home to a four-person table, which ends against the stub of the old party wall. The sofa-bench continues under a large window on the other side of the stub, continuing all the way to the back wall. In all, it house five two-person tables, which can be pushed together to form sets of four or six. Finally, against the opposite wall, another padded sofa-bench runs from the door through to the toilets and kitchen to the back wall, home to a further three two-person tables. If you need either an AC or USB outlet, you’ll find these underneath all the sofa-benches.

You order at the counter, where you’ll find the drinks menu on the wall behind, along with full printed menus (with food, beer and wine) on the counter top. I can’t really speak to the beer, wine or cocktails, since I came for lunch and some coffee, ordering the avo toast from the all-day brunch menu. This was excellent, a single slice of very crunchy toast, topped with a generous helping of smashed avocado and cherry tomatoes.

When it came to the coffee, I was spoilt for choice, passing on the filter options to try the espresso, my head turned by the La Marzocco KB90 espresso machine and its twin Anfim grinders at the far end of the counter. The barista described the house blend as “balanced” and the guest espresso as “more complex” which settled it for me. The guest, the Karin Hernandez, is a washed coffee from Guatemala, roasted by Girls Who Grind (sometimes, as is the case for June, the guest filter and espresso are the same roaster). This was served in a classic black cup and was indeed complex, with some lovely, fruity notes.

Press Bros. also sells a selection of retail beans from Neighbourhood Coffee and the guest roaster, where my eye was drawn to a small, purple bottle, the Yenni Esperanza from Colombia, which promised tasting notes of cinnamon. Intrigued, I bought a bottle (just 100 grams) which I’ve been enjoying at home through my coffee sock all this week. As yes, it does taste of cinnamon!

82 LARK LANE • LIVERPOOL • L17 8UU
https://pressbros.co.uk
Monday 09:00 – 17:00 Roaster Neighbourhood + Guests (espresso + filter)
Tuesday 09:00 – 17:00 Seating Tables, Window-Bar, Tables (outside)
Wednesday 09:00 – 17:00 Food Breakfast, Lunch, Cake
Thursday 09:00 – 17:00 Service Order at Counter
Friday 09:00 – 17:00 Payment Cards + Cash
Saturday 09:00 – 17:00 Wifi Free (with code)
Sunday 09:00 – 17:00 Power Yes
Chain Local Visits 9th June 2022

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