Sunday, 12 February 2017

Bearded Baker

46 Rodney St
EH7 4DX
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Open every day
Espresso
Coffee: Williams & Johnson
Also: Meals, beans, local food products
Dog-friendly
Coolness: The hint is in the title - bagel & doughnut happyland

The Bearded Baker (3♥) is a small and stylish bakery coffee shop on the North side of Edinburgh - heading toward Cannon Mills and Inverleith.

To complement their locally famous bakery items, owners Rowan and Julia have chosen Edinburgh coffee roaster Williams & Johnson. You can expect their juicy, high altitude coffee profile, changing regularly as they source coffees from around the world.

The shop is light-filled and elegantly styled in a way that feels effortless, but is actually hard to achieve, making the most of their small space. You can sit down to a couple of light wooden tables with wooden chairs and stools - or the high bench across the front window facing the street.

Alongside good coffee, bagels (boiled then baked) and filled doughnuts are their main gig. Rowan and his crew often bake batches multiple times a day to satisfy hungry customers, so you can be sure they're super fresh. 

Being a bakery, you can load up your shopping bags or sit in and enjoy your bagels with avocado, bacon or smoked salmon. They also do a cracking sour dough bread and offer gluten-free alternatives. Big fluffy doughnuts are filled with a jam and cream option on any given day - changing flavours to keep things both interesting and mouthwatering.

The menu also includes a regularly changing vegan and gluten free soup, salad and cake every day, alongside a range of other cakes for the diary and wheat oriented.

The Bearded Baker is a pedigreed supplier of bagels and doughnuts to some of our other favourite Edinburgh high quality coffee shops including Filament, Fortitude, Williams & Johnson at Custom Lane and Lowdown among many others. 

At their shop they also use and sell the produce of other local, independent artisans such as Dollop & Scoff (jams & chutneys), Blondilox (porridge blend bags), Pekoe Tea, Coco hot chocolates and Harry's treats (dog treats).

They're open seven days - generally early until 5pm on week days and 9am-4pm on weekends. Definitely one to put on your regular visit list.



Saturday, 4 February 2017

Roundsquare Coffee House

132 Morningside Rd
EH10 4AH 
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Open every day
Espresso, filter
Coffee: Roundsquare
Also: Beans, cakes, sandwiches 
Coolness: Super slick coffee gear abounds

Roundsquare Coffee House (4♥), have set up their coffee shop in busy Morningside Road near the locally famous Dominion Cinema. Their roastery is in Ayr - on Scotland's West coast - although owners have plans to roast from Edinburgh in the near future.

At their coffee shop you can expect to be served their house blend (Brazil-El Salvador) for espresso-based drinks as well as seasonal single estate beans for pour-over. They're using v60 for their filter coffee which they load up with the right dose of ground coffee and park it under one of their two Marco single serve precision brewers which installed in their serving bench. The precision brewer manages temperature, brewing time and water volume to deliver an accurate brew, while the barista juggles other orders.

These folks are pretty comprehensively involved in the coffee business. They supply San Remo espresso machines and Mahlkonig grinders to shops and hotels across Scotland, roast and supply their beans to other coffee shops and will soon be hosting Speciality Coffee Association of Europe training from this coffee shop. The end of the shop is set up with two espresso machines for this purpose, alongside other related coffee brewing equipment ready for eager baristas to polish their skills.

The decor is slick but warm. The back wall is covered with matt black tiles, which contrast smartly with the chrome coffee gear and the other white walls. And the smooth wooden benches, tables and stools are welcoming without crowding the space.

Food on offer includes made focaccia and sourdough toasted sandwiches and cakes & brownies from local artisans Au Gourmand and Grace and Co. Tea drinkers can choose from a wide range of Jenier Teas and you can, as you'd expect, buy bags of Roundsquare beans to take home.

All in all a friendly and welcome addition to the local coffee scene and we can expect to see things evolve from here!

More: facebook.com/RoundsquareRoastery

Friday, 3 February 2017

Century General Store Abbeyhill

1-7 Montrose Terrace
EH7 5HZ
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Open every day
Espresso
Coffee: Assembly Coffee & guests
Also: Meals, beans & general merchandise
Coolness: The charming fairy tale building exterior

Century General Stores (5♥) occupies the ground floor of a very quaint wedge-shaped building in Abbeyhill, just East of central Edinburgh.

The coffee is excellent, offering a choice of London's high quality Assembly Coffee and a changing guest roaster, made with great skill and care. Tea drinkers can sip local supplier Pekoe Tea and there's a selection of meals, cakes and pastries, including gluten free.

The shop is triangular with the coffee machine and serving area running along the shorter side. It has a simple decor with timber flooring, six or so black tables with chairs and white walls. It also has a high bench against the front rounded window where you can perch and watch the world go by.

Breakfast choices include croissants, granola & yoghurt, toasted banana bread and other buns and pastries. Lunches from midday include sourdough sandwiches with a tasty selection of toppings such as hot smoked salmon, avocado, mixed leaves and wasabi mayo, goats cheese, chilli jam and rocket salad and roast veggies with olive tapenade. Every day they also put on a vegetarian soup and stew of the day.

The General Store section relates mostly to a wall of shelving that stocks plates, coffee and tea pots, candles, drinking glasses and other useful household items. They also stock some gourmet chocolate and greetings cards and other stylish bits and bobs.

All in all, this is an uber chilled zone with tip top coffee and locals are indeed lucky to have Century General Store in their neighbourhood!

More: facebook.com/centurygeneralstore

Monday, 30 January 2017

The Steamie

1024 Argyle Street
G38LX, Glasgow
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Open every day
Espresso, aeropress, V60, chemex, cold brew
Coffee: Artisan Roast (mostly)
Also: Meals, cakes, beans
Coolness: It's so chilled you could wear your pjs and no-one would lift an eyebrow

The Steamie (4♥) is cosy coffee shop located on bustling Argyle Street in Finnieston, just West of central Glasgow.

These folks are very partial to coffee and offer a wide choice of brew methods. They use Edinburgh-based roaster Artisan Roast for their hot coffees across espresso, aeropress, V60 and chemex. They also offer bottled cold brews from Brew Lab and Avenue and you may be able to sample some nitro keg coffee from Brew Lab.

Breakfast, lunches and in-between snacks include granola, toast, bagels, scones, soups and cakes. And their panini fillings range from chorizo and smoked paprika mayo, to hummus and roasted red pepper to brie and caramelised red onion.

Their main food gig, however, is eggs en cocotte - traditional French baked eggs served in an individual dish. You can have them plain or with toppings: mozzarella, brie, sun dried tomato and prosciutto among others.

The decor is comprised of exposed brick, hanging filament bulbs, rough wooden flooring and a mix of recycled wooden tables and chairs of many shapes and sizes. There's no bench between customers and baristas and the space is fairly tightly packed, all contributing to a cosy living room feel but with better coffee.

(For the non-Scottish coffee lovers, a 'steamie' is a public or communal wash house for clothes washing)

More: facebook.com/thesteamiecoffee/

Thursday, 26 January 2017

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Your location will show up on our map alongside the best coffee shops - all visited and rated by us. You can choose the coffee shop that suits your style and mood based on the rating, review and photo.

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We've been reviewing indy coffee shops in Edinburgh since 2008 and have recently been inspired to expand to the whole of Scotland. Over coming weeks and months we'll load up more shops and we're working to improve how the App functions.

Our App works offline so visitors who don't have a UK phone can download it while they're on WiFi and still use it when they're offline.

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Saturday, 21 January 2017

Castello Coffee

7A Castle St
EH2 3AH
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Open every day
Espresso
Coffee: Allpress Espresso & guests
Also: Meals, beans, Keepcups
Dog-friendly
Coolness: Amazing view of Edinburgh Castle when you sit outside

Castello Coffee (5♥) is near the corner of Princes Street and Castle Street and is one of Edinburgh's best.

You'll get friendly low-key service, soups, sandwiches, baguettes, snacks and great coffee. Vegetarians will always find good options here.

Even in rainy weather you can sit outside under umbrellas and watch the world go by. There are also tables and chairs inside for chilly times.

Alongside some guests, Castello use Allpress Espresso, a New Zealand outfit that also trades out of London and Sydney. They buy direct from small estates and co-ops so the actual beans change regularly and are seasonal. Castello's baristas will always give you a lovely coffee, and you get variety - perfect.

It's also excellently placed to grab a coffee and picnic and then pop across the road to the Princes Street gardens under the looming Edinburgh Castle.

A great part of Edinburgh's coffee scene.


Friday, 13 January 2017

Fieldwork

105 Fountainbridge
EH3 9QE
Edinburgh
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Every day
Espresso
Coffee: Steampunk
Also: Cakes, biscuits
Coolness: Many choices of indulgent sweet treats

Fieldwork (3♥) is charming and cosy cafe on Fountainbridge that offers a wide range of home-made baked cakey things.

They're serving North-Berwick based Steampunk coffee, Anteaques loose leaf teas and Roots' sodas in a calming and elegant space that blends exposed stone with natural wood and soft lighting. The decor has a hipster feel and features a light smattering of artwork on the walls.

While Fieldwork essentially offers "drinks and cakes", the cakes are wide-ranging and impressive. Some of the difficult choices you'll need to make may include sour cherry and walnut brownies, cinnamon buns, gluten free individual carrot cakes, wholemeal apple cake, red velvet cupcakes with white chocolate icing, rose pistachio and white chocolate cake, vegan chocolate and coffee cakes and salted chocolate gluten free cookies. And there's more...

You may need more than one coffee as you'll find it hard to resist trying multiple cakes!

More: facebook.com/fieldworkcafe/