Sunday, 9 February 2020

Review: Bora Coffee - Shirley

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'Saturday Night Fever' was booming out of the speakers as I walked into Bora Coffee  last year.  Not what you expect when you step out of the suburban hum-drum of the Stratford Road for a quick caffeine fix, but discotheque beats on a weekday afternoon are not to be sniffed at, it may not be a 1970's New York disco, but it is a mood booster - a pick me up.

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The other pick me up is the coffee, which incidentally is very good.  With every sip you take you are supporting Bora Coffee's mission of promoting ethical African coffee.  As a social enterprise, not only do they re-invest some of their profits into The Zuri Project charity but they champion African farmers that are paid above Fairtrade and current market price for their coffee.    For every 250g bag of coffee sold in the cafe, they plant a coffee tree to support sustainable development projects in Uganda.   

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Food wise, the Light Bites menu leans towards veggie/vegan options, offers good value for money, and is spot on if you're in a hurry and just need a little something.  

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The Hummus and Cucumber Bagel (toasted) for £2.60 endorses this.  Very nice.

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Looking around, I realised that 'Saturday Night Fever' came courtesy of the record player in the corner that allows customers to DJ during their visit with vinyl a-plenty to choose from.  Tempted to unleash my inner Pete Tong, I was beaten to it by an immaculately dressed older man who had made a choice which was unfortunately somewhat dreary and polar opposite to the Bee Gees ditty I heard upon arrival.  He positioned himself right next to the stereo so there was no way I, or anyone else, could change it.  But not to worry. 

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I love supporting local businesses and one with an ethical stance is a bonus.  I've been back a few times since the visit I've described above,  I enjoy it there and it's become a welcomed addition to Shirley's shopping hub.  

For my next visit I'll dig out some old Abba vinyl to take with me and I'll make sure I get that table by the stereo!


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Note:  I paid for my food and drinks in full.  The venue did not know I was visiting or that I am a blogger or that I would be conducting a review/article.