The current categories are listed below, each with a short description. However, if you really want to know what each category means (to me), go and read the posts in each category :-). We’ll start with what sort of coffee spot it is:

  • Coffee Shops: emphasis on serving coffee; the major coffee-chains for example
  • Cafés: also offers food
  • Cake Shops: sells cake!
  • Tea Rooms: hard to define. I know what I mean…
  • Diners: specifically American-style diners
  • Bars: somewhere that has a bar (serving alcohol)
  • Restaurants: somewhere to go for a sit-down meal (open in the evenings)
  • Takeaway: nowhere to sit down…
  • Retailers: sells coffee beans and related coffee equipment

I also categorise by what’s on offer food-wise (it’s a given that anywhere in Brian’s Coffee Spot serves coffee). The breakfast/lunch/dinner categories assume that hot food is served.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Sandwiches
  • Cake

You might think that having a separate cake category is unnecessary given the Cake Shop category. However, you would be mistaken, since you have obviously forgotten the important maxim: there is no such thing as too much cake.

Next there is the “where is it?” category:

  • Stations: coffee spots in railway stations
  • Truck Stop: coffee spots to stop off when you’re driving
  • Country Walks: anywhere you’d walk to or by

Finally there’s the category of miscellaneous categories:

  • Laptop Friendly: somewhere with power, free wifi and a tolerant attitude!
  • Coffee: where I talk about buying coffee/equipment or making coffee at home
  • Information: blog posts about blog posts

An entirely separate system of categories exists for the location of the Coffee Spot. Each Coffee Spot is located by Country, Region (for the UK) and Town/City, so if you are looking for Coffee Spots in, for example, my home town of Guildford, you can easily find them all on the site. There is also a map with a search facility to help you find Coffee Spots in a particular location.

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