Super #Jelly comes to Coffee Birmingham, Friday 10th August 2012

When Jelly and Coffee come together

In assocation with the official Birmingham #Jelly, we will be doing something a bit different next month.

What: Jelly is a regular monthly event for solo workers, freelancers and people who want to work out of the office for a day to come together to work and chat. Just bring your laptop, grab a coffee (and maybe a cake) and get to work in a lovely friendly atmosphere with like-minded people.

Why: Because the Coffee Shop is a great place work, especially when other people are co-working in the same place. Instead of the usual Jelly which takes place in one location …

… we will hold the Jelly at locations across the city.
… and because this is a SUPER #JELLY, we might throw in a few extra surprises too!

Who: freelancers, home workers, solopreneurs, small business owners, field workers, people escaping the office for the day – in fact, everyone is welcome to drop in co-work, collaborate and chat. Other than a laptop you can bring your notebook, craft or just yourself, it’s a great time to clear your diary and think of new ideas.

So on Friday 10th August 2012 from 9am, we will be at the following locations:

Urban Coffee Company, Jewellery Quarter
Café Ezra, Hotel LaTour
Six Eight Kafe, Temple Row

Feel free to come and put your laptop down then go grab a drink. Remember, you can come and go as you please! This is one of the benefits of Jelly.

Exclusive Offers for Jellyheads:
Cafe Ezra at Hotel LaTour: free first drink for Jellyheads.
Six Eight Kafe, Temple Row: coffee and cake for £4 for Jellyheads
Urban Coffee Company, Jewellery Quarter: details to come.

How: RSVP to Tim Wilson at tim@coffeebirmingham.co.uk (twitter: @coffeebrum) or Rickie Josen at write@rickiejosen.co.uk (twitter: @rickiewrites) to let us know you are coming (or you can show up on the day).

With thanks to official Birmingham Jelly organiser Rickie Josen for making this happen.

Hashtags: #jelly #indielove #superjelly #coffeebrum.




#Independentsday: What do Independents mean to you?

As part of the launch of the Declaration of Independents, we asked people what independents meant to them as part of a competition only in our coffee shop locations (Six Eight Kafe, Urban Coffee Company and Saint Caffe) on the day.

This is a selection of what people said:

  • “Preservation of local business and upholding local jobs and crafts. Genuine friendliness”
  • “#Real”
  • “Fresh cake. Good, independent ideas!”
  • “Independents mean originality, passion, a friendly atmosphere and most of all quality”
  • “Good coffee, different blends, friendly, homely and good cakes!”
  • “A delightful place to meet. A brilliant place to be.”
  • “Knowledge, understanding, passion and customer service that comes from enjoying what you do. Being treated like a person not just a customer.”
  • “It’s about standing on your own two feet, setting out your own rules and sticking to them, no matter what anybody says!”
  • “friends, food and excellent drinks.”
  • “Local businesses in which a focus is on quality and passion for the products which are being sold.”
  • “People who ask me how my holiday was….”
  • “Individual flavour and great taste – creative and originally – that others try to copy. Good company :)”
  • “Supporting independent shops and cafes means keeping the diversity of towns and cities alive. I love trying new independent places.”
  • “I want character, not homogenised Star-Costa-Nero’s. I want to know where my coffee comes from. I want to taste the coffee!”
  • “A much more personal, quality service”
  • “I don’t want the faux familiarity of my name on a cup. I want to chat to my barista Joe as his coffee wakes me up. Plus it Tootes Bangin!”
  • “Freedom of choice. Not being guided one way or another.”
  • “Quality. Relaxation. Good company.”
  • “…. Tasty, surprising and responsive. Places to be.”
  • “Good coffee, personal service, a small and not a  big corporate.”
  • “Freedom of choice and personal service with a smile.”
  • “#Braveheart”
  • “Choice and community for me, and profits staying local, too!”
  • “Freedom of choice and a more interesting and lively environment.”
  • “Variety, choice and freedom.”
  • “It is important to support your independents: they give the best customer service and always value you as an individual, which is a rare trait these days.”
  • “Local people being free to operate in a big city as freely as the industry giants.”
  • “The little man doing his thing and being supported by the community.”
  • “Staff who care.”
  • “Empowering people to make sound decisions as a consumer, providing meaningful environment.”
  • “It means that you owe no one anything. Look after yourself. Pay your own way.”
  • “I love independents because their smiles and happiness comses from a love of their products and great service rather than a staff training manual.”

This is a selection of the responses from those who signed up to the Declaration online:

  • “Quality coffee served by quality people. Friendship and a home away from home.”
  • “Good coffee in a non-identikit environment”
  • “Great service and quality that the chains can’t match.”
  • “Better quality and personal touches”
  • “Coffee as it should be!”
  • “Passion, knowledge, quality”

Thanks to those of you who contributed. Stay tuned as we announce the winner of our competition imminently.



Announcing Kiss Me Cupcakes as supporter of Coffee Birmingham

We are delighted to announce the brilliant Kiss Me Cupcakes as a supporter of Coffee Birmingham 2012. As Birmingham’s first and best known cupcake company, their high reputation has been built around products “individually handmade with LOVE, care and attention to detail.”

And this is why we are so very happy to have them on board as a supporter!

As a kind and generous gesture, they are designing some limited edition and exclusive cupcakes for the launch of the Declaration of Independents on Wednesday 4th July.

In return for signing the declaration and a line on what independents mean to you, you will receive one of these free cupcakes.

These are limited edition and will be on a first come, first served basis.

Stay tuned for more info on our locations and times regarding #IndependentsDay (follow this hashtag) and remember to follow us on twitter @coffeebrum and “like us” on facebook for all the latest news and info.

Hashtags: #coffeebrum #independentsday #tellyourfriends




Call for Volunteers – Coffee Birmingham Launch, 4th July 2012

Call for Volunteers – Coffee Birmingham Launch, 4th July 2012

Passionate for independents, coffee, quality produce and being involved in fabulous events?

On the 4th July, Coffee Birmingham is being launched along with its Declaration of Independents at venues across the city centre.Coffee Birmingham is a movement raising the profile of Birmingham’s independent coffee houses and indie culture in general, culminating in the inaugural Coffee Birmingham event in Birmingham City Centre on Saturday 29th September 2012.

Coffee Birmingham aims to distinguish and unite Birmingham’s indie scene, putting them in the public eye to showcase their excellence and quality, and bring people together from all backgrounds and neighbourhoods – including those who ordinarily haven’t had the chance to enjoy Birmingham’s independent scene.

Volunteers get the opportunity to co-ordinate the launch of the Declaration at a designated coffee shop, liaise with the public and Coffee Shop baristas and build momentum for this exciting campaign. This is a great opportunity to be involved in a fun and hands-on launch, helping to develop event management skills and customer service skills, and act as a public face for Coffee Birmingham in some of the UK’s finest independent coffee shops for a day.

Some volunteers will be invited to be part of the event management team for Coffee Birmingham.

Volunteers are asked to be on hand all day from morning take away until close time on Wednesday 4th July 2012.

This is a fantastic opportunity. Please email tim@coffeebirmingham.co.uk with a few lines on what relevant experience you have, what you want to gain from the opportunity, and your availability for the 4th.

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