Coffee Festival (Birmingham)

After becoming increasingly enthusiastic about different coffee blends, roasts and varieties I jumped at the opportunity to attend Birmingham’s coffee festival at the well known Custard Factory. Going there with very managed expectations I was blown away by how many like-minded people there were right on my doorstep and not too mention how many independent coffee corners in my city that I had yet to explore.


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Over the past 3 or 4 years, I’ve developed a love/enthusiasm for spending my time in independent coffee corners, tasting the different roasts and flavours each place has to offer.

I think coffee represents more than just a hot beverage that people drink when pulling that stressful all-nighter, or when trying to wake up for that 7 am shift; it provides a medium or excuse for people to connect with each other, what I’m trying to say is that it doesn’t matter what ‘it’ is… but what it allows.

For me that ‘it’ just so happens to be filter coffee.


Coffee corners ep 1: Java Lounge (review)

Given that I’ll probably post a lot of posts sharing my thoughts on different coffee/food places I should probably start with my favorite. A few years ago I stumbled across a coffee shop called Java lounge which I’d blindly walked past hundreds of times assuming it was a hookah lounge due to the name (as hookah lounges are on every corner around where I live), before this I’d only drank ‘commercial’ style Costa and Starbucks coffee because as far as I knew they were supposed to be the ‘best’. After buying my first latte (or flat white I can’t really remember) I felt as if I’d been missing out by drinking 20 oz sub-standard standard £5 coffees.

dsc02978Just in case my thoughts on the place weren’t incredibly apparent above, I think Java have all the right aspects a coffee shop should have in the right amounts. Great coffee roasts, pretty latte art, welcoming environment, friendly staff and finally which is a make or break thing for me; Continue reading “Coffee corners ep 1: Java Lounge (review)”