Pocket Number-13: Birmingham New Street Station, Birmingham

WP_20151011_15_35_37_ProNetwork Rail recently completed their five year WP_20151011_15_19_33_Protransformation of Birmingham New Street station. The 1960s office block, car-park and WP_20151011_11_53_30_Proresidential tower that once buried the train station beneath a concrete deck are all demolished. In their place is a large domed atrium that WP_20151011_15_13_59_Profloods the concourse with natural light.

Surrounding the concourse is the  Grand Central shopping centre with dozens of retail outlets and one of the country’s largest John Lewis stores as anchor tenant.

WP_20151011_12_29_59_ProI found Alasdair at the Pret at the centre of the concourse via the WP_20151011_12_20_13_Problue jacket and big ginger beard” he attributed to himself.

Alasdair no longer works at Yorks Espresso Bar and so took me instead to Faculty Coffee, a snug, independent WP_20151011_12_04_18_Procoffee shop at Piccadilly arcade, two spits and a fag end from New Street Station. We had espresso there and my espresso was strong and viscous and well extracted.

Alasdair described to me the protocols of coffee WP_20151011_14_57_42_Procupping and then gave the assemblage a bag of Columbian coffee beans thatWP_20151011_13_28_23_Pro had been exclusively sourced and grown for Yorks Espresso Bar.  He then sent me to meet up with his friend Amy, in Moseley.Alasdair told me that Amy had worked with him at Yorks Espresso Bar.

Before visiting Amy, I stopped by at Yorks Espresso Bar to try their nitro cold brew coffee. It was served from a beer style keg system and clouded like Guinness in the glass. It combined with the espresso I had drunk at Faculty Coffee to give me caffeine shakes.

Pocket Number 14: Amy at the entrance to Moseley Park and Pool >>

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