Coffee is no longer something of an afterthought at the end of a meal – it’s an art form that verges on an obsession.
It’s always a good time for a coffee, whether you’re hiding from bad weather and watching the world go by, or sitting out at a pavement cafe in the sunshine.
Here are some of the best to try year round in Birmingham.
Yorks Espresso Bar
— Yorks – Colmore Row (@YorksColmoreRow) February 10, 2015
This trendy and unique space in Birmingham’s business district is a coffee lover’s paradise. The staff here are welcoming and knowledgeable. There are stools in the window for people watching, or a mezzanine level upstairs for more of a relaxing lounge. They even have cold coffee on tap via a beer style keg – ideal for those rare blisteringly hot summer days.
16a Colmore Row, Great Western Arcade, B2 5HU – yorksbakerycafe.co.uk
Quarter Horse Coffee
G'morning! If that sun doesn't cheer you up, a Guatemala Flat White and one of these ridiculous brownies should! pic.twitter.com/rvbrau0faw
— Quarter Horse Coffee (@QtrHorseCoffee) September 18, 2015
This independent coffee shop in Birmingham’s Southside roasts their own beans in-house and guarantees the freshest coffee around. Savour the aroma of freshly ground coffeee while you sip away, and indulge in some of their delicious cakes. Even better – for that Quarter Horse hit at home you can by their beans to take away too. You won’t even have to get out of your pyjamas.
88-90 Bristol Street, B5 7AH – quarterhorsecoffee.com
Boo Boo Coffee
— booboocoffee (@booboocoffeeco) November 15, 2015
Boo Boo Coffee just outside the city centre in Harborne is a fabulous little coffee shop – perfect to spend a few hours reading a book or tapping away on your laptop. As well as top notch coffee, they do a light lunch menu and baked treats and even have a small deli area for you to browse and pick up some great produce to take home.
27 Lordswood Road, Harborne, B17 9RP – booboocoffee.com
— Saint Kitchen (@SaintKitchen) January 22, 2016
In leafy St Paul’s Square in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter is where you will find the appropriately named and truly heavenly Saint Kitchen. As well as a tremendous flat white and to die for hot chocolates, they do brunch, soups and sandwiches worthy of sampling all on their own.
Unit 2, 61a St Paul’s Square, B3 1QS – saintkitchen.com
Home Is Where
Our Barista Kerena is ready to take your coffee orders today pic.twitter.com/M3UWCsTJ2f
— Home Is Where Cafe (@HomeDeli_Bham) January 19, 2016
Home Is Where really is a home from home. This laid back cafe and deli has funky tunes in the background and the heady aroma of bread baking and coffee roasting lingers in the air. Their decor of miss matched tables and chairs and shabby chic all contribute to the relaxed vibe.
24-26 Church Street, B3 2NP – homecafedeli.com
Start your Friday right, with a smooth long black using Extract's Veracruz espresso… pic.twitter.com/VPQhlikf7i
— Faculty (@FacultyCoffee) May 15, 2015
Faculty is tucked away in Piccadilly arcade and is one of the go to independent coffee shops in the city. It’s small and intimate but you’re guaranteed a great cup of lovingly-prepared coffee. And as if that isn’t enough, more recently they have opened up their own bakery – Sixteen Bakery right next door.
14 Piccadilly Arcade, B2 4HD – facultycoffee.com
— Java Lounge (@JavaLoungeUK) February 2, 2016
Originally located in the suburb of Moseley back in 2004, Java Lounge has more recently opened up a second and much-anticipated site in the city centre. The location couldn’t be better than the grade one listed building in the business district and with a stylish interior this is a great place to linger on your lunch break.
115 Alcester Road, B13 8DD / 124 Colmore Row, B3 3SD – javaloungecoffee.com
Under Pressure Espresso
— Under Pressure 'spro (@UPespressobar) February 20, 2016
If you’re willing to venture a little outside the city centre, this independent in the suburb of Sutton Coldfield will really hit the spot. Under Pressure Espresso source their coffee from some of the most amazing farms and co-ops all around the world and it’s roasted to perfection.
23a Birmingham Road, Sutton Coldfield, B72 1QA – underpressureespresso.co.uk
Cafe Opus at IKON
— Café Opus at Ikon (@cafeopus) January 16, 2016
Located in bustling Brindley Place this smart cafe next to the Ikon Gallery is a cool, sophisticated place to grab a coffee. With seating opening out onto the square it’s just perfect in the summer time, and if you’re in the mood for some culture check out the exhibitions in the Ikon before you leave.
1 Oozells Street, Brindley Place, B1 2HS – cafeopus.co.uk
Jake’s Coffee Box
— JAKE'S COFFEE BOX (@jcbbirmingham) February 22, 2016
Finally, if you’re looking for something just a little bit different – pop along to Jake’s Coffee Box. In 2015 Jake started serving fresh coffee from a converted iconic red phone box. Coffee on the go has never been any more cool, convenient or unique.
125 Colmore Row, B3 3SD – facebook.com/jcbbirmingham
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