West Midlands

6/8 Kafé, Birmingham

11 February 2012

My quest to unearth the best independent coffee shops has, at last, taken me back to Birmingham, a fine city under-represented in Cosy Coffee Shops. 6/8 (or Six Eight) Kafé was my first stop.

6/8 (Six Eight) Kafe Birmingham 6/8 (Six Eight) Kafe Birmingham

6/8 is in the heart of Birmingham’s CBD and threatened from all sides by the usual chains. The obvious strategy might have been to glam up and go for a glossy, pseudo-Starbucks look, with tall, milky lattes. Thankfully, 6/8 hasn’t succumbed. It has a proper indie feel, with handwritten chalk boards, unbranded mugs and a photo pin-board.

6/8 (Six Eight) Kafe Birmingham 6/8 (Six Eight) Kafe Birmingham

6/8 has been open for just a year and owner Devinder (aka Dav) has worked hard to establish the business.

This has been achieved in part by working with the city’s other indie coffee shops. Baristas from other places (such as Saint Caffé) give evening classes at 6/8, and vice-versa.

6/8 (Six Eight) Kafe Birmingham 6/8 (Six Eight) Kafe Birmingham

It’s all part of Dav’s twin aims: to produce the best coffee in the city and to promote independent coffee shops.

As for the former, I think he may just have done it. My coffee – a flat white – was excellent. The beans come from Has Bean, the Stafford-based roastery familiar to Cosy Coffee Shops readers.

6/8 (Six Eight) Kafe Birmingham

Dav told me that the beans used for my coffee were a little too new, having sat for only a few days after roasting (coffee beans are at their best about a week after roasting). He also modestly implied that his colleague Craig is the talented one! I’ve heard from a trusted source that Craig makes the best coffee in Birmimgham, but, as Craig was away when I visited, I can’t confirm.

6/8 (Six Eight) Kafe Birmingham 6/8 (Six Eight) Kafe Birmingham

Craig or no Craig, this was still the nicest coffee I had in Birmingham.

I was also mighty-tempted by the array of cakes, treats and freshly-prepared rolls.

6/8 (Six Eight) Kafe Birmingham 6/8 (Six Eight) Kafe Birmingham

As the window says in big capital letters, 6/8 is a proud to be an “independent coffee shop” in Birmingham’s generic city centre.

It’s a super friendly place gaining a loyal following. Highly recommended.

6/8 (Six Eight) Kafe Birmingham 6/8 (Six Eight) Kafe Birmingham


6 Temple Row
B2 5HG

Website: http://www.sixeightkafe.co.uk/
Twitter: @sixeightkafe
Facebook: SixEightKafe

We visited on 16 January 2012.

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  • Reply Rickie J 12 February 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Wow, a lovely review from my fave coffee website. A a regular, I can vouch for the 6/8 greatness!!

    • Reply Cosy Coffee Shops 12 February 2012 at 3:26 pm

      Thanks Rickie!

  • Reply Cosy Coffee Shops 13 February 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Here’s a nice video about 6/8 – http://youtu.be/abMMaCnl4aM – thanks to smdlr for letting me know about it.

  • Reply Damian 24 March 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Top place, Craig is definitely the man! The girls are great too :)

  • Reply martha 6 August 2012 at 8:27 pm

    it looks cool !

  • Reply Karen Duggan 3 November 2013 at 6:02 pm

    We love our Has Bean coffee at home so when we had a short visit to Birmingham and heard that 6/8 Kafe bought their coffee from here we had to visit! Two wonderful coffees later plus a panini and some yummy cake we vowed to return whenever we were both in Birmingham again. A lovely atmosphere, good music and friendly staff who were only too happy to chat to us about their passion for coffee and ways to brew it. Thank you!

  • Reply Sandhya 3 November 2014 at 12:38 am

    Hi, I was searching for places to buy good coffee beans and came across your review. Definitly going to check out the cafe now! Do they sell coffee beans as well? Are there any other places in Birmingham you’d recommend to buy them at? Thanks!

    • Reply Cosy Coffee Shops 13 November 2014 at 8:09 am

      Hi Sandhya, thanks for your comment. I’m afraid I don’t live in Brum and I’m not sure where you can buy beans, though coffee shops often have bags for sale. The guys at 6/8 should be able to help.

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