The Smoothie Way To Get You To Cycle in Birmingham


Two coffee shops are getting involved in the new Birmingham Cycle Revolution launched this month.

First, Birmingham Cycle Revolution have teamed up with local café, Boston Tea Party, to create a ‘cycle smoothie’ which has health benefits for cyclists and we will be giving away free samples next Friday in Victoria Square.

cycleThe event is part of a wider initiative to tempt people to dust off their bikes and get pedalling.

For example, next Friday 27th, is part of a regular fixture on the last Friday of each month to encourage commuters on their bikes.

Given the growing association between cycling and coffee shops, it’s great to see BTP behind this initiative.

The recipe for the smoothie is as follows:


apple juice (250ml)

blueberries (110g)

1cm cube of ginger (10g)

half a banana (60g)

Dale Allison, manager of Boston Tea Party who created the smoothie said that he used “banana for energy and ginger because it reduces muscle soreness for cyclists”.

Secondly, Local businesses can also get involved with Birmingham Cycle Revolution at an event on Wednesday June 25th at Urban Coffee Company on Church Street from 12pm to 2pm. The Smarter Choices team will be hosting a free business lunch to inform local employers about Top Cycle Locations scheme and grant process.


Thanks to Beth Meads at WPR for the nod for this piece.

So,  let’s get behind “#BikeDayFriday and folks are being encouraged to send in their ‘Cycle Selfies’ using the hashtag.
More details on Birmingham Cycle Revolution programme, visit: www.birmingham.gov.uk/bcr



Guest blog: Zoe Cole’s appreciation for Coffee Time.

coffee time
We are delighted to welcome Zoe Cole to guest blog about Coffee Time, one of Birmingham’s hidden independent coffee shops that you might not know about.
Being a local Birmingham resident, I feel that there is a lot that Birmingham has to offer.  Independent coffee establishments are something to be celebrated in Birmingham. There is a such a wide selection of coffee shops to choose from – but which are the most reasonably priced?
Coffee Time, located in Priory Square, is a small coffee bar, which sell a range of pancakes and sandwiches, as well as a wide selection of drinks. The decor shouts ‘student’ as it is very quirky, with large clocks and quirky light fixtures. It almost looks quite retro but with a dash of contemporary furniture, it really is an attractive little coffee shop. Seating is available inside and out, which is great if you want to sit outside and enjoy the weather.
 The colour inside of the coffee bar is a bright mustard yellow, which brightens the small room and the atmosphere. Inside stocks a generous selection of books and newspapers ready for you to have a flick through. They have fun and quirky signs around the bar, sharing their latest and popular drinks.
The staff are pleasant and wear a smile while taking your order. I opted for a classic latte, which tasted beautiful. The drinks are generous sizes, which off course is an important point of a Coffee Shop if you love your coffee. I was accompanied by my partner, who is a complete coffee novice, who opted for a safe earl grey. He tells me it was a good cuppa and enjoyed munching on the biscuits. As well as the usual coffee and tea, Coffee Time sell smoothies and milkshakes, which looked amazing. We also decided on a light snack – the Nutella and Banana Pancakes were perfectly cooked and tasted delicious. There is a wide selection of different pancakes, both sweet and savoury.
I was very impressed with the service in Coffee Time, the staff are really helpful and service was quick. The atmosphere in Coffee Time is completely relaxed.Coffee Time is affordable; provides a wide variety of different drinks and snacks, and has made me want to return on a regular basis.
The greatest part of this little coffee bar located near The Oasis Market? The price. It is very affordable, costing only two pound for a latte and around £1.50 for a cup of earl grey. Food was very reasonably priced too.
If you are looking for a peaceful coffee place in Birmingham which is great value for money, I really would recommend Coffee Time. Whether its a date with friends, a pit – stop while shopping or a quick dash on your lunch break, Coffee Time will not disappoint.
About Zoe
Zoe lives near Birmingham and writes a lifestyle and beauty blog. She is a big coffee fanatic. You can follow her on Twitter @x_zoelianne_x or read her blog at www.zoeliannex.blogspot.co.uk.
So, have you been to Coffee Time? Or is there an indie in town that is massively under appreciated? Join in the conversation on twitter at @coffeebrum.