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    Have you spotted us in Area Guide?

    Screen shot 2014-08-31 at 20.08.54I love giving recommendations to people on places to go eat and drink – I get asked so often it was part of the reason I started the blog, so when Area Guide asked if any food bloggers were interested in writing a piece for their food and drinks themed issue, I couldn’t help myself.  I wanted to make it something a bit more interesting, so I went with five places in the city you can go for an after work drink that aren’t pubs – or Not a Normal Nightcap, to give it a bit more of a punchy title.

    Area Guide‘s food and drinks themed issue, to tie in with the Independent Food and Drinks Festival is available to read here.

    This is by no means an exhaustive list, but five seemed like a good number (there’s nothing wrong with going to the pub for an after work drink either, but that seemed a bit obvious to include in the article).  I’m also thinking of doing a few more ‘Five places…’ posts, so watch this space!

    Cafe News, Drinks

    Coffee tax and Birmingham

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    Fellow Brummie Jon Hickman has written a really interesting article over on Contributoria about tax, coffee shops and Birmingham.

    It’s well worth a read – and not just because I’m quoted in it.  But it looks at issues which have affected both Cafe Blend and very recently Ashton Levi, both well loved coffee shops sadly forced to close.

    I’m a big fan of independent coffee shops, I think they offer a great deal to the city both in quality of products (although I have a giant soft spot for Costa’s gingerbread soya lattes) and the willingness to open up their space for book clubs, exhibitions and spoken word.  The article gives a really interesting insight into the issues affecting independent businesses and the people behind them.

    Read the article here.