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Coffee, beer, and cycle repair at Gorilla Coffee Cafe.

I feel we are a little spoiled in Birmingham with the number of really good independent coffee shops.  And not just limited to the city itself.  The surrounding areas have seen the growth of urban villages, bringing with them families who want to shop, eat and drink, somewhere other than the likes of Primark and Costa.  Moseley was perhaps, one of the first of these urban villages, with numerous lovely coffee shops to it’s name.  Neighbouring King’s Heath was a different story.  Though, happily, not any more, as the last few months have seen the opening of more than a few independents.  Amongst them, Gorilla Coffee Cafe, holding the unique position of Birmingham’s premium cycling cafe.

I was more than a little curious to see how coffee and cake would sit alongside bicycle repair kits, so on the first Spring like day of the year, I popped along to take a look.  Tucked away from the business of the High Street, it’s situated in a beautiful double fronted shop.  The coffee shop is housed downstairs, the repair workshop upstairs, but the two are beautifully married by the touches of cycling memorabilia, books, and magazines, sparingly placed around the cafe.

They truly love their coffee, and their own is available to buy in the cafe.  Whilst I stuck to my usual Americano, I’ve heard that the spiced chai latte is also a little bit lovely.

Their food offer is wonderfully concise.  Breakfast offerings are freshly baked pastries, porridge, and doorstep sourdough toast, from local bakery Peel & Stone.  Lunch time choices were getting rave reviews whilst we were there, particularly the Charcuterie, Cheese and Vegetarian Antipasti boards.

To satisfy that sweet tooth there were two cakes on offer, a super pretty Pistachio and Rose Cake, and a coffee shop stalwart, Carrot Cake.

Alongside their enthusiasm for coffee and cycling, is a love of artisan beers.  The cafe is licensed so if you were in need of something a little stronger, there is a wide choice of alcoholic delights.  Continuing their support of local businesses, I was thrilled to see several ales from Fixed Wheel Brewery, brewed just around the corner from me in Blackheath.

Despite having only opened their doors in November last year, Gorilla Coffee already feels part of the neighbourhood.  It has an incredibly warm and friendly atmosphere, largely due to the personable nature of James, who owns the cafe.  He takes time to speak to all his customers, and the cafe’s busy times of after the school drop-off and school pick-up is testament to its family friendly vibe.

Weekends become a little more bike focused.  Saturday’s see screenings of cycling events projected onto the back wall.  On Sunday’s the cafe hosts an informal bike ride, English weather permitting.

{ photo credit:  Heidi Kelly }

Thank you to James for taking the time to chat with me a little more about Gorilla Coffee, and for the really lovely coffee.

You can read more about Gorilla Coffee Cafe on their website, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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