Birmingham welcomes first fully-licensed cycling Café

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As the New Year rapidly approaches many of us will be planning to jump back onto the fitness waggon – or, in the case bicycles – to shift all that post-Christmas indulgence.

All that cycling can take its toll and more often than not you find yourself looking for somewhere to take a quick pit-stop whilst attending to that annoying puncture.

Cyclists prayers have been answered with Gorilla Coffee, Birmingham’s first fully-licensed cycle cafe which has opened its doors to cycling enthusiasts in Kings Heath.

Following a launch party which brought in the city’s cycling VIPs; with everyone from Birmingham’s sustainable transport consultants to BAFTA Award-winning directors of ‘BICYCLE’ attending.

Located on Drayton Road Gorilla Coffee celebrates all the best local producers. The coffee is sourced from Worcestershire-based company Coffee Masters, and the beer on offer showcases the best that Birmingham has to offer.

Gorilla Coffee isn’t just a cafe, it’s a place cyclist’s can visit to get their bike’s fixed and in tip-top condition.

Located above the café is mechanic Damian Towers. He operates Gorilla Coffee’s pièce-de-résistance, the bike workshop. The workshop is fully equipped to undertake everything from minor adjustments through to full servicing. There are two service packages available. This includes the Domestique service, which is an interim service to keep your bike running true. Also, the King of the Mountain service that sees the bike fully stripped down and rebuilt.

With both services, you receive a free drink to enjoy while the experts get down to the nitty-gritty. What’s more, in the new year, Gorilla Coffee will offer a collection and delivery service within five miles of the shop. Whether it’s your workplace, home, or train station, the team will come and find your ride.

Gorilla Coffee’s co-owners James Connolly and Stacey Jarvis have been working on the project for two years. James said:

It’s great to finally have the doors, this has been a dream of mine for 10 years and we really wanted to do it justice. I couldn’t be prouder of what Stacey and I have created.

Alongside co-owners James and Stacey, Gorilla Coffee has employed bike-technician Damien, two expert baristas and one front of house host. Over 350 applications were received during Gorilla Coffee’s recruitment drive, so the team selected is the best of the bunch.

Gorilla Coffee is now open for business on 8am-8pm on Monday to Saturday, as well as 8am-4pm on Sunday. What’s more, if you book in your bike before Christmas, Gorilla Coffee is offering you £10 off the Domestique and King of the Mountain packages.

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