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Don't know what you Midlanders think of this list, but I think it's rubbish.

 

200 Degrees

Hackwood Farm (?)

Melbourne in Lichfield

6/8 Cafe

Urban

 

IMO 200 Degrees is arguably not independent after a recent, very large, influx of venture capital. Other than that there are some glaring omissions.

 

http://www.mfdhawards.co.uk/vote-now/


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Don't know what you Midlanders think of this list, but I think it's rubbish.

 

200 Degrees

Hackwood Farm (?)

Melbourne in Lichfield

6/8 Cafe

Urban

 

IMO 200 Degrees is arguably not independent after a recent, very large, influx of venture capital. Other than that there are some glaring omissions.

 

http://www.mfdhawards.co.uk/vote-now/

 

This is my top 3 for Birmingham

 

The Steam Room

Bloom

Quarter Horse


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I would go:

 

Faculty

Wayland's Yard

Steam Room

 

I have no doubt I would put Bloom in that list if I'd been more than once.


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Don't know what you Midlanders think of this list, but I think it's rubbish.

 

200 Degrees

Hackwood Farm (?)

Melbourne in Lichfield

6/8 Cafe

Urban

 

IMO 200 Degrees is arguably not independent after a recent, very large, influx of venture capital. Other than that there are some glaring omissions.

 

http://www.mfdhawards.co.uk/vote-now/

 

Id argue that 200 degrees isnt even specialty :)

Personally I don't think its the best coffee shop in Nottingham, let alone the Midlands but hey, no one is ever going to completely agree with these lists.

They are though really big, so perhaps their footfall and marketing is paying dividends in a vote like this.


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I nipped into Melbourne in Lichfield when visiting my parents. Better than the chains but far from brilliant. Their advertising is annoying, and dont see why they get their beans from London. I say this but i cant think if any better ones near there.

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In Nottingham alone there is Greenhoods Coffee House, The Speciality and Outpost Coffee. All superb.


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I nipped into Melbourne in Lichfield when visiting my parents. Better than the chains but far from brilliant. Their advertising is annoying, and dont see why they get their beans from London. I say this but i cant think if any better ones near there.

Has Bean ?


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I was speaking to Deb of Melbourne the other day. If nothing else she's committed to specialty coffee. She's also been on a number of trips to origin.

 

Hasbean is definitely an answer to local sourcing. However, Hasbean is already featured at another local coffee shop and so I can see the desire to offer something different.


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I was speaking to Deb of Melbourne the other day. If nothing else she's committed to specialty coffee. She's also been on a number of trips to origin.

 

Hasbean is definitely an answer to local sourcing. However, Hasbean is already featured at another local coffee shop and so I can see the desire to offer something different.

 

 

Chartley Coffee in Hixon?! That's as local as Hasbean.

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I don't even know where Hixon is!
Just north of Cannock Chase.

Laissez les bons temps rouler

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My list

 

Quarter Horse

Faculty

Waylands Yard

Steam Room only due to location neighbourhood cafe.

 

Quite like Box Brownie when in Stratford Upon Avon.


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Quarter Horse in Birmingham. 

Haha, 200 degrees, that made me laugh! They're so far from speciality it hurts. Used to be independent, but they were awarded 10 million venture capital, and are fast chasing Starbucks! Wouldn't touch their cafes with a bargepole, 70% out of principle for not being an independent but trying to be, 30% due to the coffee

Ooo, ngopi are cool in Birmingham too. Asian coffee place

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Leicester coffee house is worth a visit.


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200 degrees is definitely poor. 

I've yet to go to Faculty even though I've worked 500 yards from it for the past 3.5 years - it's always too busy when I walk past - which is of course a great thing for the cafe. 

Medicine Bakery in Birmingham have, from memory, a lever machine - not sure that the coffee is like though. Notwithstanding that I'd heartily recommend a visit to sample the food and the baked goods are on a different level.

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Always come here last week too.

 

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SAGE IS NOT A UPGRADE

 

 

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5 minutes ago, Jony said:

Always come here last week too.

 

 

Can't believe they let you loose around birmingham!

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haha a few people have this, may be some truth in this T...T🤣


SAGE IS NOT A UPGRADE

 

 

:)

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Last time I went to Faculty my cap was sour... Like a cap I would sink and remake.... I didn't complain, maybe my taste buds are off...

However I do really like Greenhood in Beeston, Nottingham...

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Outpost is the best in Nottingham, not tried Greenhood in Beeston, I I work 2 minutes away!! my give it a try tomorrow lunch!!

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Recently found a great place in Stafford - Candid, they're a beer shop and coffee shop, running HasBean.


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[ Co-operator of Monkshood Coffee - Standing in fields, making good coffee since 2010 ]

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Faculty does the best V60s (along with Copenhagen Coffee in, oddly, Lisbon) that I’ve ever had. 

I don’t drink espresso any more, but my wife says it’s excellent. 

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Be warned went to Faculty today during a business trip and it’s closed for renovation.  Did not take much notice of the sign but think it’s the next two weeks.  Wandered round to I think York Coffee and Roasting House but no one was interested in serving so I walked out so a disappointing day in Birmingham

Hopefully a better day in Leeds tomorrow 

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