Jul

11

Craft beer + independent coffee are becoming ever closer pals!

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So, am I blogging about beer on a coffee blog? Yes I am. I  fortunate enough to receive a complimentary box from craft beer subscribers Beer 52 the other day. Beer and coffee drinking are both in something of a golden age at the moment. It’s also fair to say that both worlds are so fairly closely interlinked.

As a relative notice to the world of craft beer, I have been lapping up Beer52’s beer, thoroughly enjoying each bottle much like I do a new coffee.

Beer is often a big part of what a coffee shop offers these days.

First of all, recent research from the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) highlighted the consumer demand for independent craft brewed beers to be sold in coffee shops. A fifth of people in the UK would visit coffee shops more often if they sold British craft beers.

Increasingly, our coffee shops are selling craft beer as part of their offer. ‘Beer Cafes’ (for want a better term) are cropping up across the UK which fuse the laid back look of continental coffee shops with British and international craft beer.

The excellent Tilt in Birmingham is a case in point with its varying menu of continental coffee mixed with a wide array international craft beer. See AA Abbot’s appreciation here.

Home subscription is on the up.

The marriage of craft beer and coffee extends to ‘home delivery’ subscription models too. I’m a huge fan of coffee subscription and sample various subscription models.

Well, relatively unbeknownst to me, there are a plethora of beer subscription models too and with a recently received box from Beer 52, I’m already a convert.

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Talking to friends who know way more than I do about beer, they’re impressed with what Beer52 offer. Beer52 are a first port of call in the subscription model world. They deliver a box of ‘exclusive small batch beers’, free snacks and a copy of a magazine calling ‘Ferment’ every month.

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They have opened up a new world of enjoyment alongside my home coffee brewing. Discovery and flavour comes in small bottles as well as bags of beans. Fortunate life, eh!

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Everything is lovely and considered from the branded packaging to the added treats (a lovely Graze box). Did I mention the beers are great too.

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Admittedly, I’m not a beer expert. What I know is in liking what I taste! I received their Danish Box and the range of beers are exceptional ranging from …

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So yes, there are a lot of craft beer and cider subscription boxes out there to try but I’m ordering with Beer 52 again. All in all, they offer such excellent choice in a beer community all of its own.

So there you go, wonderful beers to your door, expertly packaged and selected.  So why not try for yourself and get an offer to boot?

When you visit www.Beer52.com, use the voucher code COFBRUM10 and that gets you £10 their first order when they sign up.

A huge thanks to Ben from Beer 52 for getting in touch and for his generosity.

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Nov

17

Guest Blog – Robert Turp introduces a simple guide to Q Grading

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Q grading is a common term in the coffee industry but do we actually know what it means? Robert Turp explains more.

The coffee industry is booming in North America and Europe and the Q grading system appears to be embedded in this strong growth.

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A brief history

The Q Coffee System was developed in the early 2000s as a program designed to improve the quality of coffee worldwide, by creating a common language for coffee quality evaluation and an independent certifying body for high quality coffee samples. Though originally focused on Arabica coffee, the program recently expanded to include Fine Robusta coffee (R Coffee) in what promises to have an even greater impact on coffee quality worldwide.

 

Obviously quality can be argued to be very subjective, however, Q grading tries to score coffees based on clear attributes. This helps provide a universal understanding of why coffees taste a certain way.

The Q-Grader program is designed to give a common language to describe quality in coffee and is used from the farmer to the consumer. This universal system means that it is easier to compare and grade coffee. This helps everyone from farmers to consumers in understanding the coffee industry better, which in turn helps raise standards.  

 

What this means for coffee

Q grading has created the ability for people all around the world to judge and score coffees on the same attributes, helping to compare every coffee effectively.

The coffees are based on attributes such as acidity, body, flavour, aftertaste, uniformity, balance, sweetness to name but a few. This helps to ensure all participants are identifying flavour characteristics in the same way. Reviewing the coffee happens independently so external factors like reputation of the farm or roaster can’t influence decisions.

 

How it works

For a detailed review of how coffee roasters use the Q grade system, check out Holly’s amazing blog post about it at North Star Roasters.

The Q grading system focuses on the following aspects:

  • Olfactory Skills –This element is focused on identifying different scents and understanding how these add to the flavour of coffee. This involves correctly identifying each scent and matching it to its pair. Example scents include; maple, cooked beef, tea rose, butter, garden peas, and pipe tobacco.
  • Cupping Skills – There are 4 tests in this section which are split by region and then process: Milds, Africans, Asias and Naturals. To pass all of the tests, you must Q grade 6 different coffees for each section and give them a score which is backed up by your individual attribute scores. The overall score must also be in line with everyone else assessing the coffees and you must correctly fill out the SCAA cupping form for each coffee.
  • Sensory Skills – This element focuses on the participant’s ability to identify varying intensities of different tastes; salt, sweet and sour.
  • Triangulations – Again these tests are split into 4 sections by region and then process – Milds, Africans, Asias and Naturals. In each test, you are presented with 6 sets of 3 cups. 2 of the 3 cups will be the same coffee, the aim is to identify the odd one out.
  • Organic Acids Matching Pairs – This element makes participants identify which coffee has had an acid added to it, and also put a name to that acid. This involves being able to make a decision and back it up with evidence.
  • Sample Roast Identification – This helps demonstrate what the perfect roast should taste like, and identifying coffees that are under-roasted or over-roasted.

It’s an important movement in the coffee industry as it helps to determine quality and value. This will help drive the industry and offer smaller farmers and independent roasters more power. Retailers and even baristas are seeing the value in getting certified. It makes communication between different parts of the supply chain more effective, which is turn helps create an even tastier coffee for our morning brew!
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Robert Turp is a keen coffee enthusiast and writer. Working alongside coffee farmers during traveling inspired his love for coffee. He’s now never too far from a latte! Robert can currently be found writing about coffee news and updates, alongside Holly and Krag on North Star Roast.

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May

07

Seven Damn Good Reasons to Drink a Cup of Coffee

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It’s #ukcoffeeweek! As such, it’s a great time to advocate the benefits of coffee. So, what glorious timing that Ran from Doppio Coffee got in touch to guest blog for Coffee Birmingham, introducing seven great reasons why drinking coffee is good for you.
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Other than being incredibly satisfying, drinking a hot cup of java brings several benefits to our health and wellbeing.  In this post I look at the benefits of drinking coffee in more detail, and highlight why it is always a good idea keep drinking the black liquid.
1. Coffee is Brain Food
Caffeine, the psychoactive stimulant found in coffee makes you feel more awake.  Moreover, it blocks adenosine, an inhibitory neurotransmitter in your brain.  When this happens a chain reaction occurs which leads to other neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine and dopamine increasing.  In turn this causes brain neurons to fire, enhancing brain functions.
This is why coffee has been shown to improve your memory, mood, and reaction times, in addition to your energy levels.
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2. Weight Loss
Research into caffeine’s ability to burn fat has shown positive results.  Studies suggest that 10% of fat is burned by obese people, while non obese people can say goodbye to around 29% of their body fat simply by drinking coffee.
In addition, other studies have shown that your metabolic rate is boosted between 3-11%, which is another fat blaster.  The studies do show however, that as we grow more tolerant to caffeine the fat burning affect is lessened.  Nonetheless, if you ever need an excuse for a hot coffee, it is hard to think of a better one.
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3. Strengthen the Mind
Studies have shown that drinking coffee can fight depression.  A Harvard Study showed that four cups per day lessened the risk of depression by 20%.  While over half were less likely to commit suicide.
Although the range is quite vast (32-60%) the chances of developing Parkinson’s disease is less among coffee drinkers.  This appears to be entirely down to caffeine as the risk of Parkinson’s is unaffected in decaf only drinkers.
And it’s not just Parkinson’s disease.  Studies suggest that you are 65% less likely to contract Alzheimer disease through drinking coffee.
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4. Nutrients in Coffee
Coffee contains essential nutrients.  Through regular consumption, you are contributing to your recommended daily amount (RDA) of certain types of nutrients.  Take a look:
  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 11% of the RDA.
  • Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5): 6% of the RDA.
  • Manganese and Potassium: 3% of the RDA.
  • Magnesium and Niacin (B3): 2% of the RDA.
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5. Enhances Physical Performance
Caffeine not only makes your mind sharper, it also enhances your physical performance.  Studies suggest that performance levels improve by 11-12% on average.  This is partly because caffeine releases Epinephrine (Adrenaline) into your blood.  In turn this provides performance energy.
6. Antioxidants
Given that most people do not eat as much fruit and vegetable as they should do, coffee for most people provides the strongest source of antioxidants.  This is important as antioxidants remove damaging oxidising agents from food.
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7. Reduced Risk of Liver Cancer
Studies suggest that coffee reduces the chances of contracting both liver and colorectal cancer.  This is very good news considering that these two cancers are the third and fourth most deadly in the world.
In addition to kicking cancer into touch, coffee drinks may have a lower chance of contracting type II diabetes.  Studies vary but you could have 25-50% less risk of contracting type 2 diabetes simply by drinking java.
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Time for a cup of Coffee?
If you regularly drink caffeinated coffee, not only will you feel good, you will be protecting yourself from all sorts of illnesses and diseases that are affecting more of us each day.  You will also be burning fat and improving your mind.
So with this in mind, pour yourself a hot cup of coffee, and enjoy every last sip.
About our guest blogger.
Ran works for Doppio Coffee, a coffee wholesale company that aims to build a bridge between roasters, coffee equipment manufacturers, and independent coffee shops. Doppio believes in providing a variety of coffee to suite all tastes and budgets, offering 6 brands and 13 blends.
Why do you like drinking coffee and what are the benefits to you? Join the conversation on twitter @coffeebrum // #ukcoffeeweek.

 

 

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Dec

09

Tis the season to be caffeinated … coffee-related Christmas gifts.

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Ho! Ho! Ho! Tis the season to be caffeinated … and I thought I’d a round-up of coffee gifts that I have on my Christmas list this year along with a few additional suggestions.
Here’s a selection of those things that us coffee addicts will most definitely love.

1. Books

The World Atlas of Coffee is the new book from Square Mile s James Hoffman. It is described as the “ultimate guide to coffee contains comprehensive details on the beans and brews of more than 35 countries.” I want my own copy.

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2. Coffee subscriptions

There are many brilliant subscriptions and it’s a great Christmas gift. Take your pick. From Pact (their coffee for a £1 here) to the fantastic Hasbean to Blankbox Coffee to Kopi (try a free bag!) to 8point9 to Origin to Aromaah and so on etc etc.

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3. Home brewing

I already have an Aeropress, a Hario DripPot and a Rok Espresso machine amongst other things at home, and all of those would alone make fantastic presents. I’d love a Kalita Wave too and check out this Cores Brewer Mug for an all-in-one brewing experience and cup combined.

To get a head start, check out these three great bundles from Coffee Hit – an Aeropress Brew Bundle, a v60 bundle and a clever brewing bundle – all great Christmas gifts.

Check out classic hand grinder such as the Porlex Mini Ceramic Burr Grinder or the Rhino Hand Grinder would both be brilliant.

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4. Cups

So there are KeepCups including the funky glass made KeepCup Brew  and these are the standard industry bearer in different sizes and a myriad of colours (several million sold worldwide).

By the way, I love this device (thanks to @paul4july on twitter for the spot) which aims to give cyclists the ultimate portability.

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5. Hot Chocolate

For those of you seeking a festive alternative to coffee, look no further than Kokoa Collection who produce amazing single-estate hot chocolate. They currently supply Saint Kitchen and I heartily recommend their products. Available to buy through various stockists including Ocado.

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… finally, be sure to visit our local indies to see what great gifts are on sale too!

So, with all the above in mind, what coffee gifts do you want Santa to deliver for you?

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Sep

25

Guest blog: The Boston Tea Party – Cracking Coffee in Harborne’s old Clock Tower

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Once again, we’re delighted to welcome novelist A.A. Abbott to Coffee Birmingham. In her latest guest blog, she writes about a recent trip to the latest Boston Tea Party to open in Birmingham.

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Harborne’s old Clock Tower has suddenly morphed into foodie destination School Yard – there’s a cookery school on the way, Urban Coffee is there already, and now the Boston Tea Party has arrived.

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Much more than a coffee shop, the Boston Tea Party offers crisp croissants, brownies, craft beers and substantial meals as well as the usual hot beverages. Breakfasts, served all day and late into the night, included the West Country (true to the BTP’s roots – more on that later) and a vegetarian option that is everything you could wish for, without the bacon. There’s plenty of space: a large, canteen-like room, another area with padded booths, and an upstairs chamber that would be ideal for live performances. The BTP is open to suggestions, apparently.

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So, the million dollar question: what’s the coffee like? My latte was smooth, with a definite caffeine hit. One of these and a BTP almond croissant, and you’re ready to start the day.

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I’ve also tried the chai latte. Like most places, this is made by adding steamed milk to chai syrup. My Indian friend Shima, who boils tea, spices and milk in a pan, would doubtless pour scorn and derision on the BTP version – but I found it extremely palatable. Here’s a teatime tip, by the way: if your companion orders a cream tea, ask for one too, as it’s sheer torture watching a cream scone steadily disappear without so much as a crumb heading in your direction. They really are too good to share.

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The BTP is an independently-run chain of 15 in the Midlands and West Country. Perhaps it’s reached a pinnacle to which all indies aspire? It started life as a single coffee shop in Bristol, where it’s still going strong, having seen Starbucks come and go across the road. The original Bristol branch is delightfully shabby, appearing to have been furnished from a house clearance store. Harborne has a much smarter vibe. Everything is shiny and new, although often made to look old in a kind of fusion of poshed-up American diner with industrial chic. It’s clearly working, because the BTP is buzzing. It appeals to everyone: students meeting for a chat, business folk networking over a latte (guilty as charged) and couples doing lunch.

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Amazingly, the other coffee shops in Harborne always look busy as well. What else do people do in B17? Perhaps they drink all that coffee because they’re sobering up from all those pubs…

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AA Abbott is a fiction writer and coffee drinker, who can be found on Twitter as @AAAbbottStories and online at http://aaabbott.co.uk

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Sep

10

Guest blogger William Gallagher on “coffee, creativity and napping”.

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We welcome guest blogger William Gallagher to Coffee Birmingham to offer up his creative productivity coffee solution.

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Coffee houses have great atmosphere, central locations and just a buzz to them. That’s great. But we forget the fundamental fact that they also have coffee – and we forget how useful that drink is in so many ways.

A coffee is your excuse for a meeting when you want to appear interested yet casual. You can end the meeting when the coffee is drunk so it can be quite a short one too and we all need shorter meetings. More, it is the only time you can get to chat with someone without the pressure of a big long lunch or the expense of a dinner.

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Just for ourselves, right there on our own, coffee is the refreshing reward after hard work and it is the companion beside you as you work.

All of these are important and special but it’s also ignoring the fact that coffee can give you ignition when you most need it. Coffee is a creative boost that you can use practically on demand.

When New York singer/songwriter Dar Williams was asked the perennial question of where do you get your ideas, she offered that it was about picking your moment to work. She said for her it is a combination of your surroundings and your coffee intake:  “You have to walk around a lot of museums, a lot of sculpture parks. And time your caffeine so that you are in an open, wide, contemplative space for when it takes hold.”

This is your excuse to explore every coffee house in Birmingham and get to know what art is near each. Go now. But as great as that coffee house, museum and gallery combo is for your creativity, sometimes you need a swift fix of it at home.

If you live near enough to one of the city’s coffee house, buy a coffee there now and bring it home. If you don’t, then the very best coffee houses will sell you the raw stuff and possibly a big mug to go with it. Get a bag of beans, get whatever machinery you need to make perfect coffee at home and then go there.

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When you need to perk up, perc up. But do it this way. Leave it until you’re tired but have to focus. When you’re busy but you’re drained. Also when you’re alone at home. Make a perfect coffee, enjoy it, then set an alarm for 20 minutes and go to bed.

When that alarm goes off, you’ll have had enough sleep to refresh you but you won’t have entered into a long REM sleep cycle. What’s more, the effect of caffeine from that coffee will be taking hold. This is how to go from exhausted and fractious to refreshed, boosted – and full of beans.

Two disclaimers. You should probably drink coffee responsibly. And you should definitely not take caffeine naps while in a coffee house. Imagine us all doing it: the place would look like a zombie apocalypse for twenty minutes.

About William
I’m William Gallagher. I write Doctor Who radio dramas, I’m a Radio Times journalist and the author of many media books. But I also wrote The Blank Screen – it’s a book about getting on with our creativity and beating distractions. It’s about getting the most out of our computers and especially our kettles.
The Blank Screen is now also a workshop and a website: see me at TheBlankScreen.co.uk

Twitter: @WGallagher

Links
The Blank Screen book: http://amzn.to/1dO1nue
The Blank Screen website: TheBlankScreen.co.uk

Dar Williams: www.darwilliams.com

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Sep

01

Guest blogger Andy Hare’s appreciation of Parisian-inspired Madeleine

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We welcome guest blogger Andy Hare to Coffee Birmingham to offer up his appreciation of Madeleine.

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Question: Can artisan coffee house Madeleine conjour up images of a Parisian Cafe? 

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I have been meaning to visit Madeleine in The Cube, part of The Mailbox in Birmingham City Centre for a while.

So on a Saturday, my wife and I ventured into Cafe Madeleine and entered a relaxed, inviting space, full of atmosphere and great food and coffee.

Cafe Madeleine is a smart and chilled place, reminiscent of a Parisian Cafe, but with a English twist. It has a chandelier and  a very large bouquet of fresh flowers that you pass as you walk in.

At the entrance you notice the fresh bread on the shelves, it has its own bakery and makes its cakes and bread in house.

What makes Madeleine different to other artisan coffee houses is that it provides such superb salads, and hot food as well as cakes, as the counter full of food demonstrates.

Madeleine has a counter service, you order at the till and then your food is delivered to the table. This works really well as you can choose what you would like and how much.

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One of the first challenges of ordering at Madeleine is deciding what to eat. We decided to go with a fresh salad to begin with some fresh orange juice and then have a coffee with some cake to follow.

I decided upon a mixture of 3 salads for £7. I had two vegetarian salads, Pumpkin and ricotta x2 and a mixed grilled veg and mixed bean salad. Both were delicious, fresh and large, with a real flavour of the ingredients, both thoughtful and well sourced, which I enjoyed.

The orange juice was lovely too, freshly squeezed and went well with the vegetarian salad.

Afterwards, we ordered two cappuccinos from their artisan coffee list and a chocolate brownie to share.


The coffee was a generous size, well made, with a good coffee blend and strength. The froth was the right consistency and it came over as being authentically Parisian in its strength and look. It was a good cappuccino.

The brownie was beautiful, one of the best I’ve tasted in Birmingham. It had a good chocolatey flavour, rich, but delicate and not too heavy, with good chocolate pieces. It complimented the cappuccino well.

The service is relaxed and friendly. Madeleine is affordable, good value for the quality on offer and a bit different to other coffee shops in Birmingham. It is a good place for lunch, or mid afternoon cake. It is also open for breakfasts. The coffee is lovely.

Cafe Madeleine is well recommended for its relaxing air and lovely food and coffee. It has charming  Parisian style with a Birmingham twist.

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About Andy:
My name is Andy Hare.
I write a vegetarian food and dining blog called
Veggie Foodie www.vegiefoodie.com.  I love coffee shops for their atmosphere and and have a regular slot on my blog called #Coffeetime where I review and promote independent coffee shops in Birmingham and beyond.
Twitter: @andydhare

 

 

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Jan

30

The Instant Coffee Overthrow

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Time to ditch the instant …

This great little infographic comes courtesy of the great folks at Make Decent Coffee. Not only do we share in its spritely sentiment, we believe that this is something offices across the land, and especially in Birmingham, can get behind in 2014.

Why not share it yourselves, or better still, where instant is being served, why not print it out and display it in your office kitchen. Tell your bosses that enough is enough and you no longer want to put with the supposed Barista-style Nescafe. Instead you want proper filters in your office!

Just be sure, when you get to step number 5, you know what you’re dropping it on! 🙂

The Instant Overthrow – An infographic by the team at Make Decent Coffee

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Dec

04

Guest Blog: A Parting Shot by Hayley Campbell-Gibbons

We are delighted to welcome Hayley Campbell-Gibbons, editor of Our Daily Cup, to guest blog for Coffee Birmingham and offer her insights and recommendations on the state of play of coffee in restaurants.

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A Parting Shot by Hayley Campbell Gibbons

As a Brummie lass, born and bred, this great city will always hold a special place in my heart, but – as is true for most of those we hold dear – sometimes a bit of tough love is needed. So, it is with Birmingham’s best interests in mind that I have made the difficult decision to call in the caffeine police, because there are some serious coffee crimes going down.

Last month three of Birmingham’s restaurants featured in The Times’ top 100 eateries in Britain – something that a city once famed only for its balti should be proud of! But, what happens after the starters have been cleared, the mains are away and the dessert plates licked clean? We order a coffee of course. And that’s where it all falls down.

Chefs scour the country to unearth the finest ingredients known to man or beast, and sommeliers leave no stone unturned in their quest to seek out new world wines to tantalise the taste-buds. But, when it comes to the coffee – the culinary climax, if you like – there isn’t a barista to be found for love, nor money.

Instead you’re more likely to find a harassed waitress or browbeaten barman being let loose on a top grade espresso machine doing the best job they can, with little or no knowledge (save what they can recall from the machine engineer who came to plumb the thing in over a year ago). I’ll go out on a limb here and say that – in my experience – restaurant coffee is a load of tosh. If you look carefully, you may even see a little tear forming at the end of the steam wand as the machine quietly grieves for the life it should have had.

I want to make a plea – in fact, I’ll go the whole hog and start a campaign – for better restaurant coffee. My message to any eating establishment worth its salt is this: Coffee is part of the meal, so give it the same love and respect you would show to anything else on the menu. You have two choices:

1.     Ditch the espresso machine and focus on serving one type of coffee and serving it well.  Either perfect the art of French press (another method of brewing that is often done a disservice, but we’ll leave that for another time) or get to grips with Aeropress. This style of coffee will provide a fool proof and elegant end to any meal.

Or;

2.     If you’re reluctant to abandon espresso, pay a visit to one of the city’s inspiring independent coffee houses (Yorks, Saints, 6/8, Urban – take your pick!) and see how it’s done. Observe the skill, knowledge and attention to detail required to make good coffee, and then ask if they’d be willing to run a barista course for you and your staff. It will be an investment that your customers will thank you for.

So, restaurants of Birmingham, here’s a chance to make your parting shot one that leaves a lasting impression for all the right reasons, rather than a bitter taste in the mouth.

For more on Our Daily Cup, follow them on twitter.

What do you think? Tell us about your restaurant coffee experience – good and bad using the hashtag #restaurantcoffee. We’d love to hear more from you.


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Oct
13

Guest Blog: CoffeeBrum for Families

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At Coffee Birmingham, we are delighted to welcome Iona Burchell, a freelance writer and mum, to guest blog about her favourite family-friendly coffee spots in Birmingham. After reading this, we’d love to know what your family favourite independent coffee spaces are and why? Drop us a tweet and let us know and we’ll pass on your comments too. Enjoy!

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Kings Heath High Street is flourishing and showing the way forward for other high streets across the UK. It’s busy, bustling and bountiful. As a mum of two young children, and because it’s such a busy place, more often than not a trip to the shops on the high street needs to be accompanied by an ‘incentive’ otherwise it just becomes a stressful moaning session.

The incentive usually involves the children choosing which of the lovely coffee shops we will stop at for a drink and a cake each time. There’s a big choice too. Usually it ends up though with plenty of humming and hawing between the Kitchen Garden Cafe or Loco Lounge. Both offer great spots to enjoy a coffee (although clearly not for the children, even if my son insists he likes coffee-at 3 he’s a little bit too young to have anything more than a sip.)

Both offer activities for the children to play with whilst inside. Both offer free wi-fi. My favourite though is Loco Lounge. It’s light, spacious and has plenty of comfy sofas in which to sink whilst taking a break. It’s also got a lovely range of customers, from fellow parents to those having work meetings, to those on office outings and everything in between. The other reason it’s fab-they do a Babyccino of chocolate and milk. Perfect.


My children love the croissants, I love the plastic cups and straws. The children love the games, I love to sit for a moment and watch them playing (destroying) Jenga or Connect Four. I’d love to sneak a peak at the complimentary papers, but that’s not going to happen anytime soon. But I enjoy not feeling hassled to move on once our drinks have had their final slurp.


I recommend the hot chocolate topped with marshmallows-a small meal in itself. My husband recommends the Macchiato for coffee lovers. And you have the added bonus of knowing that Loco Lounge supports www.coffeekids.org too.

There’s food as well as plenty of choice to drink. May I heartily recommend the eggy bread or pancakes drizzled with maple syrup. For an extra special treat you can add bacon to the mix too … absolutely gorgeous!

About Iona
Iona Burchell is a freelance writer and copy writer. You can find her on her blog where she spends time documenting her attempts to be a good enough mum. She is also on twitter @redpeffer.

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Which are your favourite family coffee places to go in Brum and why? Join in the conversation. Let us know @coffeebrum. 

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