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Brum's coffee scene is hotting up

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We consider ourselves to be quite the coffee connoisseurs at Headline, so imagine our excitement when 200 Degrees, the latest addition to Birmingham’s burgeoning coffee scene, opened at The Grand, on Colmore Row.

Another coffee shop? I hear you groan. Yes, but 200 Degrees isn’t any old run of the mill coffee shop.

Boasting a Barista school in the basement, the guys at 200 Degrees Coffee are bringing something different to the city. The same can be said about their coffee too.

In addition to the obligatory Americano, cappuccino and flat white options on the menu are the more unusual ‘Cortado’ and ‘Aeropress’ coffees (no, we had never heard of them either).

200 Degrees also roast their own beans, adding another level to their coffee craftsmanship.

The food is pretty good too, offering a refreshing alternative to the ubiquitous BLT, chicken and avocado, and crayfish and rocket sandwiches found in most other coffee establishments.

For example, there’s coffee rubbed chicken, with chimichurri mayo, shredded Chinese leaf, shaved carrot, and Piquillo peppers on a Parisian baguette or medium roast beef, Dijonaise, rocket, Edam and a diced raspberry, celery and fennel salad on a malted ciabatta.

A selection of salads and soups are also available, as well as cakes and other naughty nibbles.

Owners Tom Vincent and Rob Darby, who set up 200 Degrees Coffee in Nottingham in 2012, have certainly raised the barista bar in Birmingham and their new coffee shop is a fantastic addition to city’s independent retail scene.

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Posted by Matt Taylor on 5 August 2016

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