Digbeth’s newest indie coffee arrivals …. Greenhouse Cafe** and The Old Crown Coffee Club.

Digbeth’s newest indie coffee arrivals …. Greenhouse Cafe** and The Old Crown Coffee Club.

Digbeth is a place on the move. For many of you who have frequented the Custard Factory and the surrounding area over the years, many cafe-type places have come and gone!

Yet, this is changing. With friendly places like Yumm and Fazeley Social having been established and familiar fixtures for a number of years, and with the likes of Digbeth Dining Club through to Edible Eastside amongst others, Digbeth is hip and happening with a great independent ethos.

So with all that Digbeth has to offer, two new places have opened to add to the indie ethos that exists here.

The Greenhouse Cafe

Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth B9 4AA
tw: @greenhousebrum

Open for a number of months now, the Greenhouse Cafe occupies a prominent space in the Custard Factory. Rosie Backen, the cafe’s young and driven owner, has done a cracking job, embracing the local community and working alongside businesses in the Custard Factory, to make the Greenhouse Cafe part of the fabric of everyday life in the Custard Factory.

The atmosphere is welcoming whether as a place to chill, to work, to hold events. The decor is full of vintage and old-school features with lots of light and many bright colours. With Chairs, sofas, wooden tables and stools – there’s a place to sit whatever your mood requires, and there’s wifi and a number of powerpoints to plug in as required.

As for the coffee, The Greenhouse Cafe is the latest Brum establishment to rock out with Has Bean and does so through a La Marzocco – Linea machine.

For the tea drinkers amongst you, be sure to try their teas from local independent Char Wallah (whose shop is in the Pavillions)

They have have an extensive food offering, including hot and cold options from brunch, to lunch to a BBQ in the Summer.

Hint – in the mood for indulgence, try their peanut butter chocolate cake. Whilst I don’t know the exact name – it’s one of the best sweet things I’ve tasted in Brum.

The Old Crown Coffee Club

188 High Street, Deritend, Birmingham B12 0LD
tw: @oldcrownbham

Head out of the Custard Factory and turn left and The Old Crown Inn needs little introduction. It is the oldest pub in Birmingham and the old period decor, wooden panels, chairs and relaxed atmosphere provides a lovely background for their new venture. At one end, we have the pub, at the other …  The Old Crown Coffee Club, open since May.

This isn’t just a quirk. Sit with a coffee amidst the Tudor beans and panels and you get a sense of the history and tradition of this building. It’s a complete about-turn to the stripped down, quasi-industrial workshop looks of many of an indie establishment that you find in London, for example.

Winchester Coffee Roasters supply Synergy beans and the coffee is delivered through a machine made by the folks at Birmingham based Fracino! The folks at Char Wallah supply the tea here too.

For those wanting a breakfast, these guys offer a large selection of traditional offerings alongside a lunch menu. Bread is supplied through The Bread Collection and all cakes and pastries are made in house by their Patisserie chef, Joanne!

Wifi is also readily available and there are power points.

So, The Old Crown was already a part of Brummie tradition. It’s now most definitely part of Brummie’s indie coffee tradition.

** Since the writing of this article back in July, it was extremely sad to hear of the news that Greenhouse Cafe shut its doors at the start of this week. Greenhouse Cafe’s owner Rosie worked tirelessly to reach out to the Digbeth community and it was an excellent spot in the heart of Digbeth!




The sounds of coffee shops increase your creativity!

The sounds of coffee shops increase your creativity!

Here’s a random one I found … are you losing focus and productivity? Miss the coffee shop to recharge your creative spark!

Now, you could be in the office or at home and you need the sounds of the coffee shop to inspire and create! The coffee shop is closed. Darn, where do you go?

The interweb has a solution, ready made in the form of Coffitivity!

Coffee shops make you more creative! Don’t miss out when the coffee shop is no longer at hand!

Have this site loop the white noise of people chatting whilst the baristas prep in the background.

How it works is that the volume is at 40% – and then you’re recommended to set your own background music at 60% volume.

The only, rather vital thing, missing is the coffee …. oooops …. but then if you’re suitably inclined, make it at home. Ehem!

And just because you can hear a coffee shop at home, remember this is just an appetiser to the real thing! 🙂