Oct

01

With thanks to our most excellent events team…

On Saturday, you may have seen our events team across the city in Coffee Birmingham t-shirts

Thanks to their efforts, their spread the word for #indielove and helped to drive traffic to the coffee shops on the day.

We are extremely grateful to Afnan, Adama, Jessica, Mark aka Cybrum, Kat, Lydia, Rachel, Sarah, Sophie and Rickie for their brilliant work.

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Sep

06

Coffee Birmingham Needs You! Volunteers wanted for September 29th

Coffee Birmingham Needs You! Volunteers wanted for September 29th

Coffee Birmingham day on September is approaching and we are looking for volunteers to help us with a range of activities.

In the e run up to and on Saturday 29th September, we are looking for volunteers who can help out to support the smooth delivery of the event and drive cusomters to the coffee shop venues.

If you are passionate for independents or coffee or quality produce and being involved in fabulous events, then Coffee Birmingham is for you.

You will have:

  • creative ideas and input into marketing and events
  • good customer facing skills
  • experience of working on live events
  • a desire to work in marketing, events, hospitality or the coffee industry.

Our aim is to give you the best experience to flex your creative muscles. We have good links to industry and we would ensure that if you are serious about a career in events, hospitality or the coffee industry, we will do our best to help you further your career ambitions.

Interested? 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 up to and on Saturday September 29th.

Hashtags: #indielove #coffeebrum.

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Aug

24

Our new flyers have arrived … with thanks to Set and Match

Our new flyers are now available and being distributed in independent locations across the city. Look out for them and be sure to spread the #indielove especially in the lead up to Coffee Birmingham 2012.

If you are an independent shop and would like some delivered then please drop me an email – tim@coffeebirmingham.co.uk.

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Tim with a pair of scissors = dangerous


 
Quick word of thanks to Phil and the excellent team at Set and Match who supported us by sponsoring the production of these flyers and to Enterprise Nation for their continued belief in our goal to promote and support small independent businesses across the city.

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The new flyers

About Set and Match
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Set and Match are an independent company focussing on all aspects of graphic design, pre-press origination and print. They offer an “all under one roof” service staffed by talented professionals who cherish clients’ printing projects from concept to delivery. Their “yes we can” approach led to our association with them and the delivery of our new flyers.

More info: www.setandmatch.net.

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Aug

15

Pictures and Report from #Superjelly

Last Friday’s #superjelly was a super-sized version of the official Birmingham #jelly usually held monthly at Urban Coffee Company’s Jewellery Quarter Coffee Emporium.

Coffee Birmingham teamed up with official Birmingham #jelly organiser Rickie Josen and our sponsors, Enterprise Nation to run the #superjelly at three venues across the city – Urban Coffee Company in the Jewellery Quarter (as per usual) but also Six Eight Kafe in the city centre and Cafe Ezra at Hotel LaTour in Eastside.

It was a fantastic day with existing jellyheads turning up on mass to co-work, drink coffee, chat and talk not only with other well known jellyheads but also to welcome and introduce new jellyheads. We were delighted to see a lot of new faces to #jelly. Our new jellyheads included a Jelly organiser from Shopshire, leading voice actor, two hairdressers, an Occupational Psychologist and a Birmingham based printing company.

What is always refreshing to see is how new jellyheads very quickly atune to the opportunities that Jelly provides, whether it is to chat, to exchange views or two get some advice. For example, we introduced hairdressers @Scott1One and @dkny_n to twitter and to Enterprise Nation’s #watercoolermoment.

The twittersphere was definitely full of activity relating to #superjelly and quite a few people went on a #jellycrawl to all three venues on the day.

All the coffee shop locations responded by putting on their own deals exclusively for #jellyheads and there was lots of glorious cake and a few savouries courtesy of our supporter, the awesome @cocomelibakery.

We are very grateful to Enterprise Nation for sponsoring us and this event and to @cybrum, @rickiewrites and @tickitoff for being our #jelly guides.

Pictures courtesy of me (@timmy666), @rickiewrites, @amberoccpsych and Karen from @hotel_latour.

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Aug

14

Square Mile and the Roaster Phenomenon in Birmingham

Great to hear that James Hoffmann from Square Mile is coming up to Urban Coffee Company on Wednesday to provide training and advice (link)

Square Mile supplies a who’s who of many of London’s best coffee shops including Kaffeine, Prufrock, Dose, Store St, Flat White and Look Mum No Hands to name but a few.

James was World Barista Champion in 1997 and are innovators especially in their single origins and brewed coffee. In 2010, their Penny University pop-up concept shop served an entirely filter coffee menu via syphons, drip filters and glass beakers.

Indeed, last week, I was served two Square Mile single origins at the awesome coffee shop The Barn in Berlin (Kenya -Ngunguru via a Woodneck and Ethiopia Wote via a Syphon),

London-based roasters are recognising Birmingham’s burgeoning independent coffee scene. Having James up from London to comes fresh from the opening of Yorks Bakery Cafe and that fellow London roasters Caravan (based in Exmouth Market and now with their new Kings Cross branch) are supplying beans to Yorks, the first outside London that Caravan are supplying.

With the likes of Extract (supplying Saints), Union (supplying Urban), Has Bean (supplying Six Eight and The Plough) and Caravan supplying Yorks Bakery Cafe, amongst others, Birmingham is becoming a playground for the very best roasters! Exciting times to be in Birmingham.

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Aug

06

Enterprise Nation confirmed as an Official Sponsor of Coffee Birmingham

We are delighted to confirm Enterprise Nation as an official sponsor of Coffee Birmingham.

Enterprise Nation helps people to start and grow their businesses by putting them in touch with other business owners – providing access to the best tools and resources, and by sharing their own knowledge online through their blog, guides and twitter chats online, their books and at live events.

 

 

 

 

Coffee Birmingham founder Tim Wilson is a big advocate of Enterprise Nation and how it supports small businesses. “What EN does completely complements Coffee Birmingham’s aim to build Birmingham’s independent business community and to give small independent businesses opportunities to showcase what they do.”

As San Sharma, Community Manager at Enterprise Nation says, “Enterprise Nation is supporting #SuperJelly and Coffee Birmingham as a fan of both coffee and coworking. EN actually started life in the West Midlands, and we hope to make new friends through this fun initiative.”

With the #Superjelly event in particular, the opportunity for individuals and businesses to chat, exchange ideas and work together is of particular excitement to EN. As San states, “Jelly is a great excuse for hardworking home-grown business owners to get out of the house and work with new people. We’re really happy to be involved.”

www.enterprisenation.com / tw. @e_nation / facebook here

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Aug

05

Coffee Birmingham working with the Coffee Club Collective

We are delighted to confirm the Coffee Club Collective as a supporter and will be working with them throughout September.

The story of the Coffee Club Collective is simple: a group of young and ambitious artists decided to meet up regularly at Urban Coffee Company one afternoon a week and create together! What a great advert to demonstrate how coffee shops are natural hives of community and creative activities.

Tris Holliday, one of the artists from the Coffee Club Collective, takes up the story, “The independent coffee houses of Birmingham have been a second home for all of Coffee Club.” He goes to onto say, “in them, many prints and ideas have been created, and countless meetings have been had. So it feels very fitting that we should support them, as with out good coffee in Birmingham, there would be no Coffee Club.”

So, loving this natural association between the indie coffee shops and creativity, Coffee Birmingham are all too delighted to be working with the Coffee Club Collective.

With this in mind, in September we will be running a few very special events with the Collective in the lead up to and on the 29th September itself.

Watch this space for more news imminently.

For more on the Coffee Club Collective visit: http://www.coffeeclubcollective.com or say hello to them on twitter: @wearecoffeeclub

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Jul
24

What is Jelly?

As you may have noticed on the front page of the website, on August 10th, Coffee Birmingham is uniting with the official Birmingham #Jelly to launch a #Superjelly. Some of you are possibly wondering what a Jelly is. So here are two perspectives from the Superjelly organisers.

First, Coffee Birmingham founder, Tim Wilson explains here in relation to #JellyLincoln, which he also runs on a monthly basis.

Second, here’s a piece from the Enterprise Nation site by official Birmingham Jelly organiser, Rickie Josen which backs up Tim’s comments.

#jelly #superjelly #indielove.

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Jul

23

Announcing Midlands Discovery Tours as Supporter

We are delighted to confirm Midlands Discovery Tours as a supporter of Coffee Birmingham. As part of our activities for Saturday 29th September, Midlands Discovery Tours will be running a special tour – more info to come!

Midlands Discovery Tours is a small, independent tour company run by two Blue Badge tourist guides, specialising in providing professional and friendly tours throughout the Midlands.

They operate a range of public walking tours in Birmingham every weekend of the year, with city tours providing a great introduction and themed walks exploring the city in more depth.  They aim to provide both new visitors and lifelong residents with an enjoyable and informative experience of what our city has to offer.

Alongside their public tours, they are available for private bookings for groups of any size and can tailor a tour to any requirements.  They have worked extensively with student groups, community organisations, businesses and individuals and have run Birmingham Ghost Walks for the past three years, which operate twice a month in Birmingham and have expanded to Sutton Coldfield and Warwick, where we run tours every three months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are so happy to be working with them because they really help people to discover and enjoy everything that makes Birmingham such a fascinating place, and they see themselves very much (and rightly so) in the role of unofficial ambassadors for the city.

 

 

 

 

 

For these and many more reasons, they are an integral part of the independent business community.

With thanks to Ian Braisby for his help.

For more info: http://www.midlandsdiscoverytours.co.uk/

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Jul

14

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.

Where:
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.

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