Trader Cafe - Specialty Coffee in Birmingham

We are an independent Coffee Shop, Coffee Roasters in Northfield Birmingham. We roast the coffee on premise. We like coffee. And we sell coffee. We want to share with you what we believe to be good, quality and price. If you like our coffee, we are exciting and encouraged. If you don't hate it, at least find us different (we should be), we are already very happy. ; )

Mystery Solved : bigger coffee cup give better value for money ?!

[FACT CHECK]: Milk costs 4 pints £1, aka, cheap. Coffee bean is 10x more expensive. Coffee machines take similar amount for a cup. Simple maths, if one thinks bigger cup (or bowl) gives better value for money. This is WRONG ! 

Nowsaday serious coffee shops gives smaller cup, but better coffee beans. Consider that good coffee beans is much more expensive, easily 3-5 times more than commercial beans (which most cafe used). We are talking about quality, not quantity. 


We use standard cup size (being a coffee trainer, we always use standard). All machines take ~same amount of coffee. A bigger cup cannot give you "more" coffee, just more milk, or more water. If one really needs more milk, just ask. We give more milk up to what he/she would like.

50% Discount 3-31 August (valid only Mon Tue Wed, Eat-in)


Support Local Business. Get 50% under Eat-Out-To-Help-Out-Scheme in August. 

| Valid 8/3/2020 – 8/31/2020 |

Terms and Conditions -Get a 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in (up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner) -Eat-in only. Cannot be offered to takeaway and takeaway cup, packing, nor outside consumption. -Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 3 and 31 August




At this moment the whole country is undergoing a very difficult time. Not mentioned how many lives and jobs we have lost. Every small and local business is now facing the biggest challenge than ever before. Fast food chains, coffee shop chains, they are financially alright, backed up by the big corporation. However this is a different world for small and local business. Once they are closed, they are closed. 

In Northfield, we have already seen a dozen of empty shops over the high street. There will be more. Therefore, I am obliged for everyone who support local small business, not just us. 

Thank you for your supports.

Coffee Making Class (1 to 1)

You want to make a better coffee, for yourself or for your shop. But you don't have time. Neither you don't have interest in a group class. You don't like books (well understood, coffee is not about books) ! So here is the coffee making class, 1 to 1, no books, only practice. Focus only on espresso machine coffee making, 2 hours, 1 to 1, so it ensures lots of practice.

Coffee Making Class (1 to 1)
Time: 2 hours
Date: usu weekday 10am-12pm. Use Contact Form in homepage to confirm
Price: £150 (1 to 1 price. 2 persons in same class for £200)

Payment in advance before class. --> PAY HERE !

Avocado Toast Bacon and Egg

Avocado Toast Bacon and Egg - £3.50

Breakfast goes perfectly with a cup of Cappucino. XX ;)

Coffee Training - Introduction of Coffee (SCA Accredited Course)

Introduction of Coffee (0.5 Day)

Introduction to Coffee is an ideal module for anyone who is new to the coffee industry or just has an interest in this wonderful drink. This half day class deliver essential knowledge of coffee. 

WHAT WE WILL COVER : Coffee Journey from its origin in Ethiopia to the major commodity it is today. From farming the cherries through drying, roasting, brewing and finally drinking, this module looks at the processes coffee goes through. Coffee cupping to taste the various flavors coffee has to offer.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE : No prerequisite required


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Our Coffee

Here are some photos of our coffee. Idea is to show image of a coffee shop. Well, in fact, this is what we offer.

For existing customer, I believe they find the cups and croissant image familiar already. Yes, these are what we offer. We have simple offering, we have been told to keep by our favorite customers. We will be intending to do until we can.

We will create and post some more image and photos. Korean church minister told us to take hand brewed coffee. So I guess this will come next.


Update of Our Homepage

Added different messages about our roasting, coffee training, coffee shop itself. You will see a calendar for coffee training courses. We are SCA accredited, so student who complete the courses will be awarded with SCA certification. This is the starting point for people who want to join the Barista profession, or coffee industry.

Who knows? you may be the new owner of a coffee shop later ;)

Barista Training - Barista Skills Foundation (SCA Accredited Course)

Barista Foundation (1 Day)

New to coffee? This one day class will deliver essential knowledge of what makes a good barista. We will cover core skills required to deliver barista menu.

WHAT WE WILL COVER : Essential coffee knowledge: coffee origin, Arabicas VS Robusta, how to store and preserve coffee Grind, dose, extract and brew a good cup of espresso: following a set of steps of industry standard Milk technique: how to steam different milk textures, which is the base of espresso based drinks Barista menu: learn barista menu and how to make them Workspace management: hygiene, health, safety, machine cleaning and basic maintenance

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE : No prior knowledge required


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Coffee Farm

This is the coffee farm, one of our coffee bean coming from here. The place is simple and beautiful, same for the people here.

Farmer hand pick the ripe red cherry. We should give some more respect to coffee farmer. Without their hard work, we would not be able to create the good cup of coffee for you.  The work is hard but pay is not high.

We are trying to source direct from coffee farms, whenever possible. Currently we are sourcing from both farms as well as distributors. I hope we will become big enough to source most of beans direct from coffee farms. Note not all farmers have ability to sell overseas. In fact most of them can not. We need to be big enough to do this. We are trying and targeting to do this more.

Mystery Solved : bigger coffee cup give better value for money ?!

[FACT CHECK]: Milk costs 4 pints £1, aka, cheap. Coffee bean is 10x more expensive. Coffee machines take similar amount for a cup. Simple ma...

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