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Customers slam Coffee#1 buyout

National brewer’s move into coffee industry has caused local upset

Coffee lovers have declared they feel mugged off after discovering that Brains has purchased their favourite local coffeehouse.

Coffee#1 has attracted a reputation for quality and comfort, marking itself against big-brand competitors as a Wi-Fi-free area.

While the award-winning chain has promised its character will remain the same under the new ownership, the brewery has outlined plans to expand the business.

Coffee#1 regular Isabel Pickard, says: “It’s a pity. There’s a dynamic atmosphere here with a close section of customers.”

Cardiff Bites blogger Nicola Tudor agrees, and says she feels “dismayed”.

“Not only does it have a fantastic menu, it also has a feel that is unique.

“Whilst Brains are a respected brewer, I worry that the charm and appeal of Coffee#1 will be lost.”

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