‘A bad day with coffee is better than a good day without it.’ ‘May your coffee kick in before reality does.’ There are plenty of quotes we could have chosen to convey our love of coffee.
As the weather turns cooler and the leaves begin to fall, hot drinks take centre-stage again. Many of us can’t function in the mornings without our caffeine fix. Luckily, Birmingham is bursting with great places to fulfil these needs.
We’ve brewed up this blog about the best coffee spots in town, so no matter where you are in Birmingham, you’ll always know your closest caffeination-station!
Featured in ‘The New York Times: 36 Hours in Europe,’ Urban believes it creates ‘the best coffee this side of the moon.’ Situated on Church Street, Urban is a long-time partner of Origin, a small batch roaster based in Cornwall. Origin buys directly from farmers, supporting farm and mill partners directly. This gives Urban’s customers full traceability of the coffee in their cup.
In terms of décor, the upstairs area is an emporium of couches and bean-bags while downstairs represents a more traditional café with hardwood flooring and intimate seating.
Found on Bull Street, Wayland’s Yard are in the business of ‘putting smiles on faces.’ Wayland’s Yard have been Birmingham’s neighbourhood coffee shop since 2016, and take great pride in being a place for the whole community to gather and do their thing.
Flares of orange and black tie together the funky interior and plants trail from shelves, giving Wayland’s Yard a New York-cross-Scandinavian feel.
Woodwork and exposed brick take centre-stage in Faculty, a small, quality-focussed coffee and tea shop located in the historic Piccadilly Arcade. The multi-award-winning Square Mile Coffee Roasters ensure Faculty’s coffee is always top notch. Based in London, Square Mile Coffee Roasters was founded in 2008 by speciality coffee pioneers, Anette Moldovear and James Hoffmann.
Saint Kitchen is an independent café in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, specialising in coffee, brunch, lunch, doughnuts and cakes which is bright and welcoming, with its counter laden with fresh pastries and fresh fruit.
Located on Corporation Street, Boston Tea Party is a small, independently-owned café chain serving well-prepared food and drinks, made with great ingredients, skill and love. Everything is made from scratch on site every day, and all produce is ethically sourced.
200 Degrees is at the heart of the commercial and shopping district on Colmore Row. There is plenty of seating space on the ground floor, and a barista school and meeting rooms for 16 in the basement.
The shop is below the famous Grand Hotel, a beautiful Victorian edifice that faces the cathedral and backs onto the city’s creative hub.
This independent coffee shop in Sutton Coldfield strives to serve some of the best coffee in the country. Despite its relatively small size, Under Pressure Espresso certainly packs a punch when it comes to its drinks.
Coffee is usually sourced from London’s Workshop, who work closely with coffee farmers, producers, exporters and co-operatives to ensure that they showcase the best coffee year on year.
Damascena sits in the heart of Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter. Boasting an open-plan, welcoming atmosphere and Middle Eastern interiors, Damascena is one of Birmingham’s most popular independent coffee shops.
Its romantic atmosphere and courtyard scenery make Damascena the perfect place to grab a coffee this Autumn!
Yorks Café, on Stephenson Street, was opened in Birmingham back in 2012. It is built on a foundation of passionate people, defining itself as a new-generation coffee shop, all-day café and social space.
Yorks Café's use of stripped back woods, metals and concrete is a reflection of the soulful food they serve. It has been recognised in the Sunday Times and the Observer as one of the best brunch destinations in the country, and Yorks Café continues to push boundaries, experimenting with new menu concepts and roasting its own speciality coffee.
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