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Where to get the best coffee in Birmingham

Calling all caffeine lovers! If our city was a cup of coffee, it would be overflowing with the good stuff. Birmingham is brewing in coffee culture, especially on the independent scene, so we’ve scoured the streets, cafés and roasters to bring you the very best coffees in Brum.

Best coffee in Birmingham primary

Quarter Horse Coffee

If you like to start the day on fresh grounds, head to Quarter Horse Coffee, an independent coffee roaster and café near the centre of Birmingham. You’ll know it’s freshly roasted when you see them roasting their own beans in store!

Grand Central Kitchen

The perfect option for the student who arrives by train is Grand Central Kitchen. Located metres away from Birmingham New Street station, this café offers a large variety of savoury snacks and great tasting coffee, next time you're on your way to uni, grab a coffee-to-go commuter-style!

Café Artum

Like your beans with a beat? Then the recently opened café slash record store, Café Artum, is the perfect place to go for your Joe.

200 Degrees

Coffee shop and barista school 200 Degrees know what they’re doing when it comes to coffee. You’ll find them on Colmore Row in Birmingham City Centre. With a relaxed environment it’s a great hide out for some low key, well fuelled study time.

The Steam Room

If you like to take a coffee break a little more off the grid, The Steam Room in Harborne (a short distance from the city centre) is a favourite of the locals, recently voted as the best coffee shop in Birmingham.


Faculty is a coffee and tea shop hidden in the historic Piccadilly Arcade in the centre of Birmingham. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, or even if you haven’t, their cakes, buns and pastries are a must try!


If you like to brunch with your brew, York’s café and roasters do a mean fried chicken and waffles, and can be found at two sociable (and dog friendly) locations around the city.

Wayland's Yard

We’re so glad Worcester’s Wayland’s Yard opened a spot here in Birmingham! Near Snow Hill Station it’s the perfect place for a ‘proper coffee’. Plus they offer a homebrew class so you can learn how to make the perfect filter coffee at home (pretty handy for those on a student loan!).


If you like your caffeine kicks with an Indonesian twist (where some of the best coffee is produced), then Indonesian Artisan Coffee shop, Ngopi, could be your new hotspot. Opened by a Birmingham City University Alumnus, Ngopi translates to ‘let’s have coffee’, so… let’s!

Saint Kitchen

This hidden gem in the Jewellery Quarter overlooks St. Pauls Square and serves speciality coffee alongside all day brunch, what more could you want? You can check out their menu on their website.

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