Black Sheep Coffee is pressing ahead with its ambitious expansion plans with a new opening in Battersea Power Station.

The coffee shop launches this week in the Circus West Village, alongside Wright Brothers, Megan’s, D&D’s Fiume, and Darwin & Wallace’s No 29.

Co-founder and CEO Gabriel Shohet told MCA the new site was positive for company morale, and promised a “a ton of new openings” to come.

Despite its heavily central London-based estate, with 29 in the capital, Black Sheep Coffee has kept most of its stores open during the pandemic, offering customers takeaway, click and collect and delivery at many of its sites.

Currently it has seven sites closed, but plans to reopen all when lookdown is eased.

Shohet said: “We expect all of them to reopen once restrictions are lifted which is great because we want to do everything in our power to keep our baristas working at Black Sheep.”

The company raised £13m in new investment last year, adding eight cafes to its London estate in 2019 with the purchase of Taylor St Baristas.

Investors include Tellef Thorleifsson, an early investor in Spotify and founder of venture capital fund Northzone Ventures, and senior Coca-Cola executive Bill Schultz.

At the time, Shohet discussed plans to reach 70 sites, through a mix of organic opening and group acquisitions.

On more recent trading, he told MCA delivery and click-and-collect accounts for up to 45% of sales in some sites.

Shohet added: “At the beginning we had serious doubts that people would actually order coffee for delivery but we were glad to be proven wrong. For Black Sheep customers working from home, instant coffee simply doesn’t cut it and with all that’s going on with this awful pandemic, it’s nice to know that you don’t have to compromise when it comes to coffee at least.”

Black Sheep has also been doing well with its smoothies and waffles, which are delivered in a “make-your-own” format.

The new café will serve a range of speciality coffee, iced lattes, organic smoothies, shakes, and espresso martinis and craft beers in the evening.

Food includes pastries, cakes, muffins, cookies, brownies, toasted bagels, toasties and Norwegian waffles with a signature brown cheese and jam filling.

Black Sheep has 29 London sites, as well as one in Oxford, four in Manchester and two in the Philippines.