Black Sheep Coffee has continued its UK expansion drive with the opening of its first UK airside airport location, at London Luton Airport (LLA).

The new, 200m2, state-of-the-art coffeehouse opened in LLA’s departure lounge this month and, alongside its 100% specialty grade Robusta coffee range, will offer passengers a wide choice of smoothies, pastries, bagels, toasties and Norwegian waffles.

Tryfen Kil of Black Sheep Coffee said: “We are delighted to open our first airside branch in a UK airport. The new Black Sheep Coffee branch at London Luton Airport will provide a tech-driven, card-only approach that will enable LLA passengers to place orders via electronic ordering terminals. Self-service gives our customers freedom of choice and at their pace, which we think is perfect for an airport environment.”

Jonathan Rayner, London Luton Airport chief commercial officer, added: “The arrival of Black Sheep Coffee is another fabulous moment for London Luton Airport and will offer passengers a hugely different coffeehouse experience. Black Sheep Coffee is everything we want our partners to aspire to be – bold, innovative, engaging. The design and aesthetics of the coffeehouse offers a genuinely different ‘wow’ moment for coffee connoisseurs travelling from LLA and the timing of the opening couldn’t be better, creating even more choice to our great range of dining options as part of the simple and friendly passenger experience that we offer.”

The design features of the new unit include the use of reclaimed timber, black metalwork, corrugated metal wall cladding with a rusted effect finish, as well as eye-catching neon feature lights and vibrant wall art.

Black Sheep Coffee is renowned for its ethical and sustainable approach to coffee making and was founded by former St Andrews University students Eirik Holth and Gabriel Shohet. The coffeehouse chain opened its first outlet in Camden in 2013 and is the first to use specialty grade Robusta coffee beans.

Image: London Luton Airport