Welcome To Utopia Coffee Lounge
Utopia is a quirky, cosy, independent, friendly coffee shop in Southend town centre & has been part of the community for over 18 years.
We aim to offer a relaxed, comfortable environment, welcoming to people from all walks of life & backgrounds. We have plenty of comfy chairs for you to choose from as well as board games and books to keep you entertained. We don’t have wi-fi so encourage you to switch off and relax while you’re with us.
We believe we serve the best coffee in Southend but if that’s not your bag, we have plenty of teas to choose from and over 30 flavours of milkshakes.
We have fresh sandwiches, paninis, toasties, salads and if you like a bargain, have a look at our meal deal. We have plenty of home made cakes and make sure you get a nice big slice to make the most of. You can even take the rest home if it’s too much for you in one go!
We have many vegan sweet and savoury options but we believe our vegan milkshakes are hard to beat. We even have vegan cream to add on top for you.
Stories have been told that coffee beans were possibly discovered in the ninth century by a goat herder who noticed how excited his goats would become after eating the berries from a coffee plant.
A coffee plant produces berries which turn red once ripened. They are then picked processed and dried. This gives us the green beans which can be roasted to varying degrees depending on the desired flavour.
Here in Utopia, we take our coffee very seriously and that’s why we roast all our own coffee right here in the shop. You have probably seen our Coffee Roaster near the counter with the large silver chimney coming from it. To our knowledge we are the only shop in Southend who roast and serve their own roasted coffee
Roasting our own coffee gives us complete control over the roasting process and we only use single origin Guatemalan beans, no blending here!!
We roast to a darker roast which creates a nice, full-bodied flavour espresso which we use for the base for all our coffees.
We also sell bags of our roasted coffee for you to enjoy at home. These are available as either whole beans or we can grind to your own coffee maker needs.
If you would like any further information about our coffee, please let us know.
We are Gerry & Teresa and have owned Utopia since 2017, having previously been customers for years. We’ve tried a lot of coffee shops, all over the place, but Utopia has always been our favourite. We feel very proud of it and lucky to have a great team to help make the shop what is.
We have a shared love of travel & enjoy being kept busy. Our dream to own a campervan has recently has come true. We use it to travel around finding new coffee shops to try.
We welcome well behaved dogs and love meeting them. They can sit inside, outside or upstairs. There’s even a jar of biscuits ready for them to enjoy when they join you.
We host regular events at Utopia, including live music, board games nights and poetry evenings.
Check out our social media for all upcoming events.
We are also available if you're looking for a relaxed, cosy space to hold your event. Just get in touch and we'll work with you to put on a great event.