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Monday 2nd of November 2015
1. Urban Coffee Company
A home grown brand that now has three branches in Birmingham, the Urban Coffee Company has a rustic feel and offers up cup after cup of perfectly brewed coffee, particularly popular with business people popping out at lunch and before work. The most popular branch is on Church Street in the heart of the business district so is perfect for visitors on business as well as locals. They also hold book club meetings and film nights.
2. Six Eight Kafe
One of the smallest sites on our list, Six Eight Kafe is a tiny, homely little café hidden by the Great Western Arcade where many of the city’s priciest independent boutiques are based. 6/8 has a strong reputation for specialising in only the finest coffees and the owner has dedicated considerable time to perfecting everything from the brewing process to selecting the right blend for a perfect cup.
3. Java Lounge
Java Lounge first opened up out in Moseley but there is now a second site in the centre of the city, in the grade I listed building that used to be Hudsons. It’s a stylish, traditionally decked out café bar which offers the practicality of plug sockets for working as you enjoy a fresh cup of coffee as well as a warm, inviting atmosphere. Tea cakes, milkshakes and toasted sandwiches are also available alongside the great quality coffee.
4. Centenary Lounge
Nestled into the eye-catching art deco surrounds of Moor Street Station, the Centenary Lounge is exactly what you need before or after a long commute. The coffee has a modern, classic flavour whilst the atmosphere in the station in traditional and takes you back in time.
5. Jake’s Coffee Box
The quirkiest coffee shop in the whole of Birmingham and one that just has to be seen, Jake’s is the smallest shop in the city and it runs out of a former red telephone box. It’s hard to believe Jack Holier has only had a single day’s barista training as his coffee is that good and his has widened his range with pastries and muffins too. If you’re visiting Birmingham for business or pleasure it is certainly worth making the drive in your hire car into the city centre and seeking out Jake’s in Eden Place.
TripAdvisor ranks Faculty as number one for coffee in Birmingham so it must be good. It’s a tiny, minimalist shop with a local feel, sourcing their bread from a bakery in the Jewellery Quarter and brewing fresh coffees to relax and enjoy. The wife of the owner of Foundry owns the bakery next door and both are based in Piccadilly Arcade which has a great atmosphere itself, home to many long term residents and traditional businesses including tailors and cobblers.
7. Home is Where…
Back on Church Street Home is Where… is a contemporary deli which has shabby chic décor and is popular with a trendy crowd, looking for artisan coffee and the perfect atmosphere to relax and unwind. The lattes stand out as they are finished with a flourish of latte art.