Urban Coffee Company
One of the first independents in town to fight back against the brown tide of Starbuck's, Costa et al. Sites in Church St and in the Jewellery Quarter (and also a new site in the Mailbox) embody all that's good in independent coffee shops with passionate staff who aren't afraid to do things differently.
Brewsmith's Coffee and Tea
Finally! A place to get a lovely cup of tea. Make your selection from the wide variety of loose leaf tea available and it'll arrive in a proper teapot with a strainer and an extra pot of hot water to top up your brew. A good selection of coffee, hot and cold food (the cakes are especially good) make Brewsmith's a fine addition to the independent cafe scene in town. Located close to Snow Hill station.
Six Eight Kafe
Since opening in January 2011, 6/8 Kafe has been a real success story and provides a great template for any future independent coffee shop. Not only does it use locally sourced producers for its sandwiches and cakes, it has also provided a much valued space for showcasing local artistic talent.
York's Bakery Cafe
They take breakfast seriously here with a menu of hot food and an 'all you can eat' option breakfast bar. Lunch is well provided for also with in house deli sandwiches, salads and simple hot dishes. Freshly baked Pizzas are also served in the evenings.
The coffee and tea is some of the best you'll find anywhere with a well chosen espresso and single origin filter menu as well as a fine range of loose leaf teas served at the right temperatures.
Boston Tea Party
A few years back going out for a coffee/tea/cake/sandwich in Brum was a relatively simple choice with a few quality establishments. Now it's a very welcome headache with the Boston Tea Party being the latest arrival. A rapidly growing company with roots in the south west, BTP are hard to fault with a quality range across the board for breakfast, lunch and dinner.