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July’s Book Club #CS

From our Church Street Emporium

Have you ever sat – or stood if you’re a barista – in your place of work and thought about all the other people working away,  day in – day out, to make the world we call home tick?

If you have, then The Pleasure and Sorrows of Work by Alain de Botto – the book under the spotlight in this month’s Book Club at #CS – will be just up your street!

GoodReads.com describes it as, “an exploration of the joys and perils of the modern workplace, beautifully evoking what other people wake up to do each day–and night–to make the frenzied contemporary world function. With a philosophical eye and his signature combination of wit and wisdom, Alain de Botton leads us on a journey around a deliberately eclectic range of occupations, from rocket science to biscuit manufacture, accountancy to art–in search of what make jobs either fulfilling or soul-destroying.”

Even if you don’t finish (or in some cases start) the book, please feel free to come along from 6pm on Thursday 31st July at Church St to join us for drinks and our customary lively conversation. Check out the facebook page for more info. Also, don’t forget, it’s Thirsty Thursday, where you can get 2 cocktails for £8 from 5pm-7pm!

Jazz on Church St Square

From our Church Street Emporium

If you’re coming down to Church St Square tomorrow to listen to the  Kansas Smitty’s Big Four  (who by the way are fabulous – check out the video below if you don’t believe us) performing as part of Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival, we have a little treat in store for you.

Get yourself into #CS and you can have any take out large drink for the price of a small one! Well, in this heat you need to keep your fluids up don’t you?! Especially if you are going to head off and sit in the sun and listen to some great music!

Remember, we’re fully licensed too so you can always pop in for something a little stronger after!

We are hiring!

From our Urban Coffee HQ

BethWe are very excited to announce that we are opening our 4 emporium in a fantastic new development called ‘Fargo Village‘ in Coventry on 27th September, 2014!
As we increases our ambitions, we’re aiming to move towards a ‘foodier’ side of life, focusing on a great range of american-diner style food as well as our star product, the coffee!
This new challenge means we’re going to be needing some fantastic Urbanistas & Kitchenistas to help us achieve the three ‘c’s that we’ve always taken pride in achieving; great customer service, coffee and community.
We are looking for the following positions to be filled and expect all applicants to have the following abilities/experience;
Emporium Manager – You will be responsible for the staff and the finances of your emporium. You will have experience driving targets, delegating, upselling, labour & gp control, costing events. You will be naturally friendly, reliable, disciplined and hard working. Of course, liking coffee is pretty darn important too!Sharon
Kitchen Manager/Assistant Manager – You will be responsible for making and ensuring all products made in the kitchen are made to spec. Working with the emporium manager and kitchen area manager you will also help develop seasonal dishes. You are the line manager for all your kitchenistas and you will be expected to manage your staff, from labour control to training.
Assistant Manager – You are the emporium manager’s right-hand man/woman and will be expected to cover the manager’s role in their absence. You will be vital in ensuring the emporium runs smoothly when the manager’s not there.
Head Barista – You are our coffee connoisseur-you will ensure all staff are producing a fantastic quality coffee at all times and act as a FOH shift-supervisor when you are not training. Experience in the same or similar role is preferred and a love of coffee is a must.
Senior Urbanistas – You are our shift supervisors and will be responsible for opening/closing the emporium. Experience in cashing up/supervisory roles is preferred.
Kitchenistas – A love of food, experience in a similar role in kitchens would be preferred. High standards with cleanliness and diligent in portion control/wastage. Any food safety qualifications is a major plus!
Screen Shot 2013-04-04 at 10.15.02Part-Time Urbanistas – You will be responsible for making sure the customer gets the best experience at all times and adhere to Urban’s high standards in all aspects of the job.
All employees are expected to speak fluent English, be extremely clean and tidy and massively passionate about the job at hand.
Competitive pay, free coffee and bonus schemes are all offered to employees of Urban Coffee Co.
Our ethos is simple, happy staff = happy customers = profit
Please email happyjobs@urbancoffee.co.uk with your CV and a covering letter and what position you would like to apply for.
Application Deadline = 04/08/14
Note: Training will begin in one of our existing emporiums in Birmingham at least 4 weeks before we open on 27th Sept.

Cooking up a Storm for Comedy Sunday #JQ

From our Jewellery Qtr. Emporium

We are only 3 days away now from the comedy extravaganza at JQ with the great Tom Stade and Lucy Porter. We have a licence for the day so drinks will be flowing and we are really excited and not just because we have some fantastic comics. No no, it also gives Danny and the team in the kitchen the chance to cook up some great grub too!

Pulled PorkWe were originally hoping to have a big BBQ outside, but alas with the Golden Square development going on outside it means we couldn’t. But don’t fear! We’re bringing the BBQ inside instead! From 4pm – 7pm we will be serving home-cooked low and slow U.S. classics, Barbecue Pulled Pork, Spicy Pulled Chicken and Mexican Bean Chilli served in Seeded Kaiser Rolls or Mexican Tortilla Wraps, as well as great State-side inspired sides with Spiced Potato Wedges, Creamy Mashed Potato, Urban ‘Slaw and Char-Grilled Corn on the Cob.


We are also having Urban’s Happy Hours where you don’t even need to be coming along to the comedy to get your hands on some great value drinks to go with your food!

From  4pm – 6pm it’s 4 Moretti for £12.00 and 2 bottles of Wine for £25.00!

If, however, you want to stay for the gig – and why wouldn’t you -remember you can get your tickets here!






Urban’s 4th is on the way…!

From our Urban Coffee HQ

photo 2So people, we’re finally able to announce Urban number 4 is on its way! We’re actually going a little further afield this time too, in a fantastic new development opening in Coventry. The development is called ‘Fargo Village‘ and can be found on Far Gosford St just past the Uni. The launch is 27th September so as you can imagine, we’ve got lots to do in the mean time!

Of course there will be lots more info to follow, but for now you may be interested to know that we have a whole new team that we need to hire!photo 1

If you’re interested in joining the Urban team then send your CV along with a covering letter, telling us why you’re the bestest in the whole wide world to happyjobs@urbancoffee.co.uk. For more info on the jobs available, check out our Gumtree advert here!

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