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A coffee lover's guide to Birmingham's best coffee shops

Looking for that perfect espresso hit? Here's a rundown of the best coffee shops in Birmingham.

Birmingham’s streets are sprinkled with cafés of all sorts and with Birmingham being the second biggest city in the UK, it’s hard to know where to start.

Now I’ll admit, Costa and Café Nero are reliable and convenient when you’re desperate for that espresso fix, but it’s safe to say that you won’t find the quirky, fun atmosphere that these independent coffee shops bring to the table.

Java Lounge

Java Lounge is situated on Colmore Row, in a beautiful, Grade 1 listed building. It isn’t just the outside that draws you in with its beauty, the inside is equally stunning with its minimalist style, hanging lights and artwork. Moving on to the menu, Java Lounge boasts some exciting drink combinations, including black forest hot chocolate and gingerbread milkshakes. Java Lounge are passionate about providing both great coffee and a great experience.

The Medicine Bakery
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Brummy brunch + broken sign ✌🏿

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An Art gallery and café all in one, The Medicine Bakery is surely worth a visit. Why not tuck into a freshly baked pastry and a delicious cup of coffee while surrounded by some fascinating pieces of art? The Medicine Bakery is a unique space bursting with culture. The bakery hosts a number of exhibitions throughout the year, such as The Tolkien Society art show, a series of pieces inspired by Tolkien’s Literature and Children in Movement, a Collection of Youth Migration Stories.

Find out more about the bakery and the latest exhibitions here.

Quarter Horse Coffee
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Easy like a Thursday mornin’ 🌿✨

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Despite being slightly further out of town than other cafés, Quarter Horse is definitely worth a visit, especially if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the very centre of town. There's plenty of space and free wifi so its the perfect place to work too. Quarter Horse was the first independent coffee roaster and café in Birmingham and they are dedicated to providing the best quality coffee with beans from all corners of the world.

200 Degrees Coffee
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The Snowman.☃️☕

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With nine cafés across the country, 200 Degrees are revolutionising the world of coffee. The cafés have plenty of small cosy alcoves so you can relax and recharge with a warm cup of coffee and slice of cake. The timeless exposed brick interior beneath the ongoing restoration of the grand hotel gives the café a "rough and ready" feel as well as a good dose of history. 200 Degrees is committed to sourcing ethically and all of their beans come from Rainforest Alliance Farms. Their food menu changes every week so there's always an eclectic mix of new foods to try. The café also has its very own barista school for coffee gurus.

Kafenion

New to Birmingham's coffee scene is Kafenion, a cosy little coffee shop situated in Bournville, home to Cadbury World and only a short train ride from the city centre. The family-run café offers great-tasting coffee and lunch and brunch options with a Mediterranean twist. If you don't fancy a coffee, there's also an array of artisan teas such as orange blossom and hibiscus. The family who owns Kafenion have plans for poetry evenings, music nights and even pop up restaurants.

Wayland's Yard

Wayland's Yard has recently arrived in Brum after the success of their Worcester branch. The café is situated right in the heart of the city, only five minutes away from New Street Station and seven minutes from Moor Street. Whether you want to unwind after a hectic day shopping or need a chilled meeting place, Wayland's Yard is the place to be. The café boasts a spacious interior and minimalist style, and the plants littered about the place give the café a hipster vibe. The café is currently exhibiting the photography of Alexandra Bruner so now you can enjoy great coffee and great art all in one place!

Change Please

Change Please has lots of coffee shops across the country, completely staffed by homeless people. The café offers a three month paid training course to help the homeless rebuild their confidence and get back on their feet. The programme offers the homeless individual new clothes, a hair cut and accommodation for a few days before they are then paid the £9 living wage so they can find somewhere to live. The organisation also offers therapy to those who need it. All of their coffee cups are made from plant-based material and their waste coffee can be ground into biofuel. The company is only small yet they have already impacted so many people's lives and they continue to make positive changes every day. Not only this, but they also make great coffee, so what better way to enjoy a brew and support the life-changing work that this incredible organisation do?

What are your favourite Brummie coffee shops? Let us know in the comments.

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