I returned home recently, and as I was walking into Harborne, enjoying the sunshine, and completely ignorant of my surroundings, I I crossed the road outside the Harborne gym. As I got to the other side I was completely shell shocked by the brand new coffee shop, which looked awfully inviting. Curiosity, wonder and intrigue peaked, I found myself wander in, amazed by this little gem which seems to have popped up out of nowhere.
The friendly barista told me that Boo Boo Coffee has in fact been open since April, and from what I experienced, it is a hit with locals.
Couples, families, single diners like myself and groups of friends passed through as I sipped my pot of Persian loose leaf tea (£3.20).
The cafe owners have clearly thought about their customers, from the outside tables and chairs, indoor tables, chairs and leather sofa, down to the change mat in the toilets. I like the details, and Boo Boo has paid attention.
There's a plethora of tasty food options if you're looking for a nice bite to eat. Triple cheese muffins, oat and raising cookies, a triple-layer red velvet cake and sandwiches decorate the front of the bar. Taking your pick might be difficult because everything looks good.
Adding to the appeal, Boo Boo Coffee plays the most fitting music for a coffee shop too; the playlist is a mix of jazzy blues and modern indie rhythms. George Ezra, Sam Smith and Pharrell were played during my two-hour stay, which was just the easy kind of sound I wanted.
When I'm in a cafe, or coffee shop of any kind I like a certain level of ambience, and Boo Boo Coffee have got this just right.
Although small, it is an airy space with plenty of artisan qualities I like in a cafe: a mixture of lights hung low from the ceiling, a handful of art work was hung on the walls and the obligatory blackboard menu was on the wall behind the bar.
For a cafe in this location the prices are just right, the variety of the menu reflects the expectations area and quality of the consumables, but Boo Boo Coffee still offers value for money. The pot of tea for example lasted me two whole hours and they refill when asked. And water is free.
There are some serious contenders in Harborne when it comes to coffee shops, but Boo Boo Coffee is strategically situated before the hustle and bustle of the high street. It is directly opposite the gym, so if you're on the way to the high street, I recommend popping your head in here before going elsewhere.