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Ten Songs About Coffee (And Not The Usual Ones Either)

3rd June 2013 by

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Coffee, rather like love, loss, drugs and alcohol, has often inspired songwriters. But think of songs where coffee is the theme and only a handful of famous ones spring to mind. There’s Black Coffee – as recorded by, amongst others, Ella Fitzgerald – Blur’s Coffee and TV, Frank Sinatra singing about an awful lot of coffee in Brazil, and maybe Bob Dylan’s duet with Emmylou Harris on One More Cup Of Coffee from 1976.

But in Manchester we like to delve a bit deeper with our music, so here’s a selection of some lesser known songs about coffee to get you in the mood for the Chorlton Coffee Festival.

Coffee House Blues – Lightnin’ Hopkins

To kick us off, it’s a blues legend, with a warning to anyone who goes out to get coffee and comes home empty handed…

Forty Cups of Coffee – Ella Mae Morse

Ella Mae may have had a long wait in this bluesy swinger, but even we would advise you against forty cups of coffee in one day…

Have Another Espresso – Shel Silverstein

For someone who drank that many espressos, Shel was certainly pretty cool and zen. He also seemed to like to pick up girls in coffee shops…

Taylor The Latte Boy – Marcy Heisler & Zina Goldrich

Speaking of coffee shop romance, here’s a song about being (a little creepily?) obsessed with a barista. Maybe you could find a special someone in Chorlton who makes great coffee to have a similar crush on? This is the original version of a song made famous in the US by Kristin Chenoweth…

 Coffee Mug  – Decedents

Some metal for you now. Coffee and metal. That’s all…

Cafe  – Eddie Palmieri

Cafe Colao is a strong Puerto Rican brew made by passing boling water through a cotton drip bag of coffee. Salsa heavyweight Eddie Palmieri was obviously keen on it, as it’s the theme for this Latin classic…

Coffee In A Cardboard Cup – Mandy Patinkin

New Yorkers are well known for it’s coffee habit, but in this performance of a song from the Broadway musical 70, Girls, 70, musical, Mandy Patinkin has a little moan about the pace of it all. It seems takeaway coffee is symbolic of all that’s wrong with modern life. Luckily, we hope to retain some of the sophistication of cafe culture at the festival, so this shouldn’t be a problem…

Smokey Joes Cafe – The Robins

There may not have been too much coffee drunk at Smokey Joes (it seems beans were the order of the day), but in this 50s R’nB classic, The Robins do a good job of advertising the place…

Black Coffee – Humble Pie

A stonking performance of one of the many songs titled Black Coffee. This one’s from The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1973, featuring Steve Marriot from the Small Faces. You can almost smell the brew…

Totally Wired  – The Fall 

We wouldn’t be true to our Manchester setting if we didn’t have a Manchester band in the list somewhere. Totally Wired came closest to a coffee song, although I think Mark E Smith would be the first to admit that he might have used more than caffeine to keep him going. In fact, he does so in the lyrics here (although we’ll be sticking to coffee, thanks)…

So, there ends our shortlist of alternative coffee songs, but as this is by no means a definitive list, please feel free to let us know of more in the comments. If you’d like to check out some other songs that didn’t make the shortlist, there’s a Spotify Playlist available here. Also, if all this caffeine music inspires you to want a nice cup of coffee, don’t forget to check out our participating cafes and festival events!



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  1. Donald Judge says:

    ‘What I want is a proper cup of coffee made in a proper copper coffee pot’ is my favourite coffee song. I used to love the cafe in Mora, Sweden, where you could help yourself to as much coffee as you could drink – from copper coffee pots! Sadly, they’d disappeared last time I went.

    Adaire to Dance from Derby has a terrific dance routine called Coffee Shop Culture… http://www.adairetodance.co.uk/Adaire%20To%20Dance/Coffee%20Shop%20Culture.html

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Spilt Milk is a mobile café recently launched by Tim & Alice trading in and around the Manchester area.

”We have recently just returned home after a couple of years living and working in Australia. We fell in love with the
coffee driven café culture that is booming in the land down under and became inspired to bring it home with us and take it to the streets of the UK! We are barista qualified, have over 12 years combined experience in the hospitality game and have huge plans to expand our menu to offer a complete mobile café experience but right now we are concentrating on the good stuff – Coffee & Cake! We offer a full Espresso & hot drinks menu and also have an innovative range of delicious home made cakes and slices available so save room if you have a sweet tooth! See you at the Chorlton Coffee Festival! In the mean time follow us on Facebook & Twitter…”

They will be parked up outside our festival hub for the whole of Saturday so come down and take advantage of their al fresco offerings.

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The Oromo Coffee Company (OCC) is a unique social enterprise – the first ever community-owned direct trading coffee business.

Owned and managed by a group of Oromo people, originally from the Oromia Region of Ethiopia and now living in England. The OCC sources exceptional quality Fair-trade certified coffee from smallholder farmers in Ethiopia – bringing the best coffee in the World direct to you.

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At Cooper’s we believe that the quality of our products together with our enthusiasm and innovation from the team of committed people sets us apart from the rest. We aim to delight our customers with exceptional service, knowledge and expertise to make Cooper’s the best coffee company in the UK.

Since we started in 1990 we are beginning to realise our dream in becoming the UK’s best coffee and coffee machine supplier matched by outstanding coffee training from our nationally recognised and respected coffee trainers. We know that our business can now play an essential part for you in achieving your own dreams and aspirations of running a successful and profitable coffee operation.

Our products are sourced from exotic and diverse countries; we always ensure that you have full traceability and assurance that your coffees are sourced from ethical and reliable farms and cooperatives. Cooper’s can offer you coffees from over 40 countries and our reputation for consistency and high quality are always assured. Our coffee has helped top class baristas win titles in four UK Barista Championships.

Over the years we have gathered a wealth of knowledge about the coffee industry and as a result, we are honoured to work closely with champion baristas, TV chefs and highly acclaimed businesses.

We are the sole UK supplier of Dalla Corte and Nuova Simonelli espresso machines, the chosen brands of the world’s finest baristas and main espresso machine sponsor of all main coffee championships in the world.

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Nathan tells us about his business and what we can expect to find on their stand at the festival.

“We make them cakes – crisp, flaky, chewy, dense Breton butter pastries better known on the continent as Kouignettes. laced with the likes of caramel au beurre salé or the very British stilton & nut, these salty-sweet comestibles make your Sunday croissant look like child’s play (& we love croissants). Take some home as a gift if you think you can resist them long enough.

We fell for Koiugnettes like so many holiday treats, but unlike the kettle corn of Woodstock or the paella of every other town in Spain, we couldn’t wait for the next trip to Paris or Brittany for the another bite.”

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Phil and Aideen describe the company…

“We believe that tea should be better – not complicated or weird, but better. That’s why our teas are the ones you know and love, but we produce them using handpicked, rolled whole leaf tea and then we cram more tea into each and every tea bag. So whether it’s your everyday English Breakfast with milk, or your occasional favourite, they taste better than ever before.”

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Patrick Hanfling and Adrian Davies have come together over their shared love for coffee and the fine art of coffee roasting right here in Chorlton. Patrick roasts coffee from home on a small roaster usings a range of green beans from Bella Barista. Once the beans are roasted and ready to go the guys enjoy making coffee at home for friends and family and are delighted to be part of the Chorlton Coffee festival. Participating in the festival will  give them a chance to share their coffee and home barista skills with a wider audiance. The long term goal for the Chorlton Coffee Co. is to become one of the best coffee roasters and makers in the UK. But first things first!

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A well established coffee roaster, Grumpy Mule have been roasting coffee under the name of Bolling Coffee since 1979. They have carved out a reputation as one of the leading speciality roasters in the North with the roasting house hidden away in picturesque Meltham, Yorkshire. Grumpy Mule was developed as a brand to showcase some of the speciality coffees that Bolling had on offer. Since its launch as a separate brand Grumpy Mule has been awarded with several gold taste awards and have been awarded certification of Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and support for other projects such as Café Femenino.

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The Emporium is a mobile artisan Tea & Crumpet Cafe built out on a Dutch Bakfiets Tricycle. It catered for Chorlton’s morning commuters during the long winter months on the corner of Albany and Wilbraham Rd and now caters at festivals and markets in and around Manchester. Its also a member of the “Guerrilla Eats” street food collective bringing the street food revolution to Manchester. The Emporium serves homemade sweet and savory Crumpets, Jams and exciting tea blends.

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Vicky tells us the Tea Hive story…

Having started our cake business selling cakes, jams and preserves at markets around Manchester we were always eager to open a tea room which specialised in fines tea and beautiful coffee. We’ve been growing our business for the past two years; originally coming together thought a passion for cooking and creating baked delights for our friends, thought selling mince pies in thick snow last winter and supplying to local businesses.  Our research into the perfect tea room took us as far as Luxemburg, Prague and Amsterdam and to all corners of these tea loving Isles which we came back from full of ideas and inspiration for a coffee and tea room full of Gezelligheid – which were told is translated to mean “convivial, cosy, fun, quaint, or nice atmosphere, but can also mean belonging, spending time with loved ones, seeing a friend after a long absence, or general togetherness”.  Opening a coffee and tea room has been our dream for a long time and we we’re incredible excited to be able to do this in Chorlton in October 2011, in our opinion the perfect location with a very  welcoming local community, Tea Hive felt established in a very short space of time.

At Tea Hive we serve a wide range of loose leaf teas and artisan coffee blends to compliment our handcrafted traditional cakes in elegant, relaxed surroundings. We work with an independent artisan tea and coffee supplier to ensure all our drinks are of the highest quality and dynamic in range. We also serve a bespoke breakfast and lunch menu with an ever changing range of specials to reflex seasonal produce, complemented by our preserves, chutneys and relishes which are all homemade. We ensure we always have vegan and wheat free savoury and sweet options and it’s often the wheat free cakes which sell our first! Our speciality is traditional afternoon tea with delightful finger sandwiches, a selection from our daily cake range and freshly baked scones served with clotted cream and homemade jam. As all our baking is done on the premises we can make sure than only the finest and freshest cakes are served and we enjoy nothing more than creating delightful new cakes and producing high quality traditional ones.

Tea and coffee are our passion and as such we have hand-selected a range of loose leaf teas and regular coffee blends, lovingly created by J Atkinson of Lancaster, the award winning artisan tea blender and coffee roaster. Our teas range from firm favourites such as Earl Grey scented with bergamot, through to our smoky black tea, Russian Caravan, to more unusual red, green and white teas which mystically uncurl in the pot revealing a world of scents and flavours. As we constantly tweak our selection our customers are sure to find the perfect cuppa, served in traditional vintage mismatching china.

We train our barristers to create smooth and luxurious coffees, using a range of brewing methods and blends of beans. A passion for coffee can become an obsession and we’ve defiantly developed a coffee community with our staff and regulars, bringing new ideas from around the world and trying new ways to serve and brew coffee. We work to find passionate coffee roasters who know their products inside out and use their beans as guest coffee range.

In addition to baking we gather our seasonally changing range of preserves in beautiful hampers which proved a hit at last year’s Manchester Christmas Markets. These preserves are on sale all year round and often feature in our sandwiches and cakes. Many of the ingredients for these are sourced from local growers or donated from friends and families allotment and garden surpluses. We also run craft evenings and hire our beautiful tea room out for private functions and events.

We know that there is nothing better than homemade cake and we’re happy to do the making for you. We offer a take away service for all our cakes which can be tailored to suit any occasion including a vegan and gluten free range. We have also just extended this range to include catering for afternoon tea at events and we can even supply you with the vintage crockery to match.

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When Vicky and Sam discovered a joint love of baking and all things vintage it didn’t take them long to create All Things Nice. They baked cakes for friends and family and scoured markets and charity shops for vintage crockery.

Vicky and Sam were soon ready to throw their first vintage tea party providing an eclectic mix of homemade cakes and pastries as well as delicious teas, including their exclusive, signature All Things Nice tea. It was so successful they have now gone further and entered the world of “pop up” tea shops.

The team are constantly trying and testing new recipes and are committed to supporting local suppliers which is why they are delighted to have The Bluebird Tea Company supplying them for the Chorlton Coffee Festival.

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Dulcimer Festival Specials 2013

They don't appear to have announced any Festival Specials here yet, but we're sure there will be, so check back for specials soon!

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Sugar Cube Festival Specials 2013

Faluda (noodles, rose syrup, faluda seed, milk and Kulfa ice cream) - £3.
Sweet and savoury pancakes or waffles with ice cream - £3 to 3.50.
Various espresso coffees starting at £2.
Movenpick ice cream from £1.60 to £3.60.

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Proof Festival Specials 2013

"We serve Tank coffee (http://tankcoffee.com/) and will be offering two coffee based cocktails:

Espresso Martini - Stolichnaya vodka, Kahlua coffee liqueur, double shot espresso and vanilla sugar syrup

La Pigalle - Martell cognac, mozart chocolate liqueurs, vanilla sugar syrup and a double shot of espresso."

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The Font Festival Specials 2013

The Font's hot drink special will be coffee or an alternative hot drink served with a homemade piece of cake for £3.50.
Also...an espresso martini for £4.

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Barbakan Festival Specials 2013

Grumpy Mule Coffee is in the store doing a coffee tasting on Friday from 8:30 am to 12 noon.

Festival specials for the weekend are:
coffee & danish £2.20
coffee & croissant £1.80
coffee & chocolate croissant £2.25

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Hookahs Festival Specials 2013

Especially for the Chorlton Coffee Fest, the resident chef will be preparing a number of fresh cakes on site, some hot, some cold, all delicious...including Hookahs' famous (with the regulars) refreshing blueberry and lemon cake. Warm scones throughout the day.

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Oasis Ice Cream Parlour Festival Specials 2013

Free refills for every coffee served.

Free samples of the Oasis cafe's luxury, creamy, Italian roasted bean cappuccino ice-cream in the shop - all are welcome to come in and have a taste.

In addition to that, a 20% discount on cappuccino crunch sundaes, coffee frappes and coffee milkshakes.

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Jam Street Cafe Festival Specials 2013

They don't appear to have announced any Festival Specials here yet, but we're sure there will be, so check back for specials soon!

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The Parlour Festival Specials 2013

Free coffee with any purchased pudding, if you state that you’re a patron of the Chorlton Coffee Festival.

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Pancake Corner Festival Specials 2013

Come try Pancake Corner's sweet and savoury pancakes.

Especially popular is the Cajun Pancake with cajun chicken, cheese and BBQ sauce.

Serving 'R Coffee'.

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Tea Hive Festival Specials 2013

£2 for V60 all day on Wednesday, pre-fest.

Over the festival weekend,  Espresso Martinis and Mr. Blue Sky cocktails are 'buy one get one half price'.

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Chorlton Eatery Festival Specials 2013

It's all homemade by the Turkish owner, Ender, and his chefs.

He recommends you try the very popular Moussaka £7.95;
Mediterranean Breakfast £6.50,
Seafood Salad £6.95 or - hey - the Chorlton Salad £6.95.

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On The Corner Festival Specials 2013

Green Power Super Boost: apple, pear, lime, spinach, parsley, celery, cucumber, wheatgrass, banana - £3.95.
Goat Hive Bagel Special: goat's cheese, walnuts, and honey, with a salad - £5.
Weekender mender shot to rid you of your hangover: pure ginger, apple, lime and ginseng - one shot for £1.95.

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North Star Deli Festival Specials 2013

Coffee and a slice of cake £3.95 for any customer that quotes 'Chorlton Coffee Festival' in NSD Chorlton and NSD Piccadilly.

All the cakes are made fresh on site so well worth the visit.

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Jasmine Festival Specials 2013

Try the traditional homemade Arabic bread with a mezze.

Especially delicious, according to the CCF producer who has spent 13 years in the Middle East, are the Lebanese fatoush salad £3.45, humous £2.99, kibbe £4, falafel £2.50 and tabouleh £3.95.

This is enough to serve two people for a light meal, and the pickles and olives to start with are free and plentiful.

Main dishes are beautifully served with salad, chips or rice at fantastic prices, also.

Everything is recommended, as Jasmine is a new cafe, dishing truly some of the finest, most authentic Arabic food in Manchester.

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Hickson & Black’s Festival Specials 2013

Jay and Steve will be serving up a Double Espresso for the festival friendly price of £1 for the duration of the weekend.

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Spoon Inn Festival Specials 2013

For the weekend of the festival Adam and his team will be serving a special coffee espresso cocktail to put vodka red bull to shame.

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Battery Park Festival Specials 2013

They don't appear to have announced any Festival Specials here yet, but we're sure there will be, so check back for specials soon!

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Juniper’s Festival Specials 2013

Every customer who makes a purchase in the café for the weekend of the festival goes into a prize draw. The prizes are coffee based.

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The Lead Station Festival Specials 2013

Summer Espresso Cocktail - espresso, gin, fresh orange juice, crushed blackberries - £6.50;
Mint Frappe Cocktail - espresso, vodka, mint and cream blended - £6.50;
Coffee and Cream Milkshake - mocha coffee ice cream and espresso (non-alcoholic) - £3.60;
Flavoured ice coffees - mint, vanilla and hazelnut - £3.50.

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Olive and Thyme Festival Specials 2013

For the duration of the festival O&T will be serving Traditional Turkish coffee accompanied by Turkish Delight served with Baklava and Ice-Cream for £3.70 2013-04-24 18.43.01

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Post Box Cafe Festival Specials 2013

Post Box Cafe will be offering all things coffee including Moorish Coffee Cake and Coffee Bean Cheesecake through to hand made Belgian Coffee Chocolate.

Flat White Friday gets anyone who asks for a Flat White for their coffee 1/2 price.

On Saturday and Sunday, the cafe is offering FREE flavoured syrup shots.

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Simon Dunn Chocolatier Festival Specials 2013

A complimentary truffle will be served with every coffee purchased on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June. Choose from dark chocolate with espresso or white chocolate latte. 401632_459483667402566_2120729552_n 563288_415327195151547_1950359091_n

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Nip And Tipple Festival Specials 2013

Coffee based alcohol slush, made expressly for the festival, £4.50.

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De Nada Festival Specials 2013

Serving a 'Dulce de Leche' Latte for £1.50 during the festival.

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The Jackalope Festival Specials 2013

A classic Espresso Martini is added to the Jackalope menu for the weekend of the festival.

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Craftelicious Festival Specials 2013

To show their support to the Chorlton Coffee Festival, Craftelicious will also have a special opening on Sunday where all customers purchasing a Sweet or Savoury Crepe will receive a FREE cup of coffee!

This offer is valid for the duration of CCF 2013

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World Peace Cafe Festival Specials 2013

Free espressos on Saturday (1 per customer).

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Moroccana Festival Specials 2013

Free Moroccan mint tea with orders over £5.

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Saray Festival Specials 2013

They don't appear to have announced any Festival Specials here yet, but we're sure there will be, so check back for specials soon!

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Morley Cheek’s Festival Specials 2013

Espresso Martini £6 or two for £10;
Irish Coffee £4.50.

Specialised in burgers and hot dogs, and quality pizzas to share, too.
Food served all day until 9 pm.

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Chorlton Green Brasserie Festival Specials 2013

Specially flavoured coffees by Coffee Advocates; mocha muffins and coffee flavoured stew!!!!!!!!!

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Electrik Festival Specials 2013

Electrik are adding a Cortado and Vietnamese coffee to their menu for the duration of the festival.

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The Bar Festival Specials 2013

Come and Celebrate Chorlton Coffee Festival with The Bar's specially developed liqeuer coffee menu.

Liqueur Coffee – Drambuie - £3.95

Liqueur Coffee – Glayva - £3.55

Seville Coffee – Cointreau - £3.95

Irish Coffee – Jamesons - £3.85

Calypso Coffee – Tia Maria - £3.65

Italia Coffee – Amaretto - £3.95

Bailey’s Latte - £3.65

Oz’s Home-made Coffee Cake - £3.50 a slice, served with either Coffee Ice Cream or Fresh Double Cream

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They also have a coffee frappe on offer which will be perfect for all of the sun I know we're going to have over the festival weekend!

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