Build up to 29th: Yorks Bakery Cafe

We are delighted to have Yorks Bakery Cafe on board as a supporting independent coffee shop (and indeed artisan bakery) for Coffee Birmingham Day on the 29th September.

These guys and gals are the new kids on the block, yet their experience and expertise combined with much fresh thinking is on show and clear to anyone who goes into their premises on the corner of Colmore Row and Newhall Street.

Since opening in August 2012, Yorks have been garnering praise and positivity from all who visit, whether it is the fantastic Caravan coffee, expert baristas or their superb cakes, sandwiches, pastries and breads, prepared on site in their very own bakery and freshly displayed on their wooden trestle tables.

What are they doing on Coffee Birmingham day? In addition to the usual quality produce and coffee, on the 29th, there will be offers in store and they will be putting on some demonstrations to showcase their talents…

…. including, a few things that you didn’t know about TEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, on Coffee Birmingham day, be sure to visit Yorks Bakery Cafe!!!

With thanks to Simon Ford and the team for their support.

Where: Yorks Bakery Cafe, 1 Newhall Street, Birmingham


Photo credits: + @glamourcounty




The Coffee Club Collective: FREE Live Art Workshops at Urban Coffee, Coffee Brum day, 11am-3pm

Event: Free Live Art Workshops from The Coffee Club Collective
Where: Urban Coffee Company, Church St
When: Coffee Birmingham Day, Saturday September 29th, 11am-3pm.

The Coffee Club Collective, currently exhibiting their first exhibition at Urban Coffee Company, will be offering live art workshops upstairs at Urban’s Church Street Emporium on Coffee Birmingham day from 11am to 3pm.

Amongst the activities on offer, there will be a number of activities including casting figures which can be painted mask and hat making and general creative fun!

We are delighted once again to be showcasing the work of the Coffee Club Collective and we urge you to bring your young-uns and yourselves upstairs to experience the fun on the 29th.




Build up to 29th: Six Eight Kafe

six eight kafe

The build up to the 29th continues … so here’s a little preview of what Six Eight Kafe are going to be doing on the 29th….

It is absolutely fantastic to have Six Eight Kafe on board as one of the supporters of Coffee Birmingham and whose team of talented baristas will be present to showcase their talents on Coffee Birmingham Day (Saturday 29th September).

Six Eight Kafe have a strong reputation as being one of the best indies in the UK and, for those (and many more) reasons, we urge you to share the #indielove and get over to 6/8 on the 29th to understand why!

On the day, Six Eight Kafe will be offering a coffee and cake deal whilst providing you with their brilliant Hasbean roasted coffee and demonstrating their many skills.

With thanks to Dav, Hannah and the whole team for their support and contributions.

… And to leave you in no doubt as to why you should visit 6/8, here’s video footage of Six Eight’s talents, videos courtesy of barista (indeed, former Six Eight-er) and all round creative force, Craig Bush. Enjoy!

See how Six Eight Kafe make their Flat Whites:

The original Six Eight Kafe promo video:

Making a Chemex Coffee at Six Eight Kafe:

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Miss Apple’s Sweets

Sometimes you get to experience things which are so fabulous that you simply need to blog about them.

This brings me very neatly to Miss Apple’s Sweets, a Birmingham based artisan bakery specialising in handmade delicious Brigadeiro Gourmet and Custom Designed Cakes.

For those that don’t know, Brigadeiro is a typical bite-size Brazilian chocolate sweet. It’s similar to a truffle, but it is not a truffle. It is in essence a Brazilian truffle, but instead of cream, condensed milk is used.

According to Karen, owner of Miss Apple’s Sweets, brigaderios are very popular in birthdays, weddings, corporate events and any other occasions, as well as gifts.

So, it felt like my birthday came early, when Karen came along with a few beautifully giftwrapped boxes for me and my girlfriend to try.

These are not like typical truffles but bite-sized experiences to savour! The flavours were almond, pistachio, White chocolate, capuccino and traditional. I have to say I loved them all with a particular nod to the nutty almond and pistachio ones (one can never be too nutty!).

…And in addition to her sweets, Karen makes custom designed cakes which I’d love try soon.

Thanks ever so much to Karen for her kindness and be sure to check out her sweets and cakes. They are fabulous.

Contact details for Miss Apple’s Sweets
twitter: @_missapple
website: (coming soon)




Also on 29th September in Brum … Oxfam’s Virtuous Vintage Fair


Birmingham’s vintage vixens and retro revellers are in for a treat, as the city’s Oxfam fundraising team brings its first Virtuous Vintage Fair to town.

Taking place on Saturday 29 September 1-5pm at The Rainbow in Digbeth, the event will see a whole host of stall holders from across the region selling everything from stylish homeware to trendy trinkets.

Alongside numerous stalls will be a vintage inspired hair and beauty stylist, on hand to create cool and classic looks.  In addition, there will be a clothes customisation workshop, offering shoppers top tips on how to get the retro look for less.  On top of this will be a live DJ set, as well as a complimentary welcome drink and raffle taking place throughout the day.  

For fashionistas looking to really bag a bargain, the Virtuous Vintage team will also be running Oxswap between 2-4pm – a clothes swapping extravaganza, offering visitors the chance to exchange three of their own washed and ironed items, for those  brought by other shoppers. 

Sara Fernie-Jones, event coordinator for the Oxfam Birmingham Fundraising group, commented: “We wanted to organise an event that people would really enjoy, while raising much needed funding for Oxfam.  All of the money that we raise through the Virtuous Vintage Fair will go straight to Oxfam, allowing people in developing coutries to help themselves & achieve a better quality of life”

Entry into the event will be £3 per person.  For more information on the Virtuous Vintage Fair, as well as forthcoming fundraising events, find our page on Facebook at ‘Oxfam Birmingham Fundraising Group’. 




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 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.



Vodcast: Coffee Birmingham meets Urban Coffee Company

In the build up to September 29th, we will be doing a series of videos to celebrate Birmingham’s independent scene. First up, the guys at Urban Coffee Company invited me over to film. Armed with the power cameras on my tab and my phone, I made the best use of the footage I had to put this together.

Please excuse my meagre creative skills. I am not a filmmaker. In fact, I used Windows Live Movie Maker to do this.

What I want to do though these films is to capture an appreciation for indies across the city. Thanks to Peter for using his drama school training to good effect (!) and to the team of Urbanistas who were happy to commit their talents to film.

To those whose faces appear in the videos, please let me know so we can credit you as an #indielove person. It would be good to know who your name beyond being Urban customers.

More to come next week.




Birmingham’s indies come to the rescue ….

Last week, we had a situation where we found ourselves with an urgent requirement after a print supplier we had been talking to for a few weeks could not work with us on this project.

Between a few of us, we tweeted out our urgent need, and within an hour, between 10 and 15 recommendations arrived.

In need of a short term fix. we were lucky to have such an on the ball and responsive twitter base, especially from Brum’s indies. Thanks especially to Gary from the fabulous Anderson and Hill who recommended us to approach to Set and Match. There were a few excellent recommendations but Set and Match went above and beyond our expectation by becoming our print sponsor.

It goes to show how tight-knit and supportive Birmingham’s independent community is and we are extremely grateful to Gary for his recommendation and to Phil and the team at Set and Match for being so brilliant and professional.




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.




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.