12 Months of Coffee
Wednesday, 9th July 2014
This June will the first anniversary of the opening of Cafephilia on the corner of Alcester Road and Woodbridge Road. What had for years been a boarded up shop unit, has now been converted into a lovely coffee shop. We asked Ian Smith, co-owner of Cafephilia, why he decided to open a coffee shop in Moseley.
“Me and my partner have lived in Trafalgar Rd, Moseley for six years and have lived in Moseley for twelve years in total. Before opening Cafephilia, I worked for IBM for eighteen years. Although a great place to work for, I was always looking for something more, something that really interested me.
And so the idea of Cafephilia came about. We put a bid in for the boarded up shop unit on the corner of Woodbridge Road and it took eight months to sign the deal. The shop was a wreck and we estimated it would cost around £15,000 to get it fit for use. That ended up over optimistic; it cost treble that price.
I gave up my cushy job at IBM: company car, pension, private health care etc. We opened Cafephilia and despite both me and my partner working harder than ever, we love it so much. We love the customers, the interaction with the community, the fact that we want to just improve and be part of Moseley. But me personally, most of all I love the fact that the old horrible run down shop on the corner is a part of new Moseley and has made such a difference to what used to be the grotty end of town.
We use the best quality, freshly made products and people appreciate that, maybe we should shout about that a little more, but quality speaks for itself where food is concerned. We have created four full time and five part jobs and source most of our products locally.
Finally, I would like to say a great big THANKYOU to all the diverse, beautiful, delightful, interesting people of Moseley and beyond for the amazing support they have given us. We could not have got to the end of year one without any of you. x”