Friday, 15 May 2015


38 Clerk St EH89PS
Open every day
Espresso, Aeropress
Coffee: Has Bean, Square Mile
Also: Light meals, cakes
Coolness: Aeropress Championships poster collection meets reclaimed timber

Filament (5♥) is located in Edinburgh's bustling South Side, just beyond the Old Town.

They use seasonal beans from highly acclaimed English Has Bean and Square Mile roasters, tailored for your chosen brew method. Their collection of Aeropress Championship posters makes clear their passion for this style of coffee.

The coffee shop has a light industrial feel, held together with tubular steel and using reclaimed timber for seating and tables. This is softened by bright white walls and warm, hanging light bulbs that play on their filament theme. Friendly staff welcome you to bench seating toward the front of the shop and tables and chairs toward the back.

By way of food you can expect locally sourced, high quality sweet baked goods such as peanut butter brownies and strawberry cheesecake shortbread along with fresh bagels and bread rolls. They also whizz up their own juices.

Definitely a coffee highlight for this area and Edinburgh.


Monday, 11 May 2015

Cairngorm Coffee

41A Frederick St
Open every day
Espresso, filter
Coffee: Mr Eion and guests
Also: Beans and some non-espresso kit
Coolness: Retro industrial d├ęcor meets rustic coziness

Cairngorm Coffee (5♥) is in the heart of the Georgian New Town, just below street level.

A short set of stone stairs take you down from street level past a table & chairs and into the open fronted shop. We very much liked the decor of simple chunky wood with equally chunky old metal machinery holding up various chairs, tables and benches. To the right side of the entry is a deceptively large seating area that is very cosy.

Cairngorm stock lots of yummy food and drink options such as cold drinks, chocolates and other snacks from a range of gourmet suppliers. They also do light lunches with toasted cheese sandwiches being a particular specialty, soups and pastries.

Robi (pictured below) and his friendly team use local roaster Mr Eion beans which we very much enjoyed in our flat whites. Fiercely passionate about great coffee, Cairngorm is definitely one of Edinburgh's best.

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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Pekoe Tea Tollcross

20 Leven St
Open Mon-Sat
Coffee: Dear Green
Also: Tea! brewing kit, beans, cakes, biscuits
Coolness: An oasis of tea calm in Tollcross

Pekoe Tea Tollcross (4♥) has a sister shop in Stockbridge and is a similarly nice place to relax and watch the world go by.

Tea is clearly their specialty but they also do a very nice coffee using Glasgow-based roaster Dear Green. The tea choices are enormous to have in or in bags to take home. They've got quite a bit of equipment for brewing both tea and coffee (non-espresso) and the staff are knowledgeable.

The shop fronts on to a busy part of Edinburgh and it's nice take time out to sit at the front window or further back in the shop at tables and chairs.

There's small choice of sweet cakey, biscuity type things available to have with your chosen beverage.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Artisan Roast Broughton Street

57 Broughton St EH1 3RJ
Open every day
Espresso, Chemex, Kalita Wave, V60, Aeropress
Coffee: Artisan Roast
Also: Cakes, croissants, beans, some coffee kit
Coolness: Around ten types of their own coffee beans to take home

Artisan Roast (5♥) is among Edinburgh's best and have shops in Stockbridge and Bruntsfield as well as Broughton Street (they also have a significant presence in Glasgow).

They were one of the first coffee shops in Edinburgh to do great coffee and pretty much the only roaster until very recently. They supply quite a few shops across Edinburgh with their Janzsoon blend but offer a lot of other choices at their shops.

The vibe in their Broughton street shop is chilled out and down-to-earth. There are high tables and stools in the front section of the shop and softer seating out the back, similar to their Brunstfield shop. They offer cakes and croissants to go with your coffee and a big trade in take-aways for busy locals.

Their coffees are amazing and their baristas tip top. A visit to Edinburgh's coffee scene is not complete unless you've dived in and had a coffee or two at one of Artisan Roast's shops.

Passion, aroma, flavour, milk texture, temperature and cup size - all fantastic.

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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Pekoe Tea Stockbridge

55 Raeburn Pl EH4 1HX
Open: Tues-Sun
Espresso, v60
Coffee: Dear Green
Also: Cakes, tea & coffee equipment
Coolness: Huge selection of teas

Pekoe Tea Stockbridge (4♥) is jammed full of lovely containers of tea from all over the world and staffed by friendly and inviting people. You can also pick up artisan Chocolate from Edinburgh's Chocolate Tree as well as the Marshmallow Lady's high end marshmallows, among other delights.

They've got quite a bit of coffee (and tea) making equipment too, focusing on non-espresso coffee including stovetop, pour-over and hand grinders.

While much of their clientele is purchasing beans, kit or tea to take home, there are a couple of stools at the front window and along the serving bench as well as some tables and chairs at the back, for those who want to sit in to enjoy their beverages and cake.

Pekoe's is using Glasgow-based Dear Green coffee to create a very nice cup, matching the lovely surroundings.

There's something instantly calming about being surrounded by beautifully packaged high end, ethically sourced tea. Sitting in this lovely space to relax helps to offset the caffeine jolt the great coffee gives you!

Monday, 4 May 2015

Artisan Roast Bruntsfield

138 Bruntsfield Pl EH10 4ER
Open every day
Espresso, Chemex, Kalita Wave, V60, Aeropress
Coffee: Artisan Roast
Also: Light meals, beans, some coffee kit
Coolness: A chilled out space in busy Bruntsfield with a choice of their beans to take home

Artisan Roast (5♥) is amongst those at the very top of the list of great coffee in Edinburgh and have this Bruntsfield shop as well as shops in Broughton Street and Stockbridge.

The decor is relaxed and low key with simple wooden furnishings and hessian coffee bags to soften the white and dark grey paintwork. The large front room is light and open and there's a cosier feel in the back room that includes softer seating. Food on offer includes soups, toast and cakes.

They are a long-established roaster and have around 10 or so types of their own Artisan Roast beans from which to select. They supply other coffee shops in Edinburgh with their Janzsoon blend and offer online bean purchase and a bean subscription service.

Artisan Roast are also one of the few shops in Edinburgh to offer almost all brew methods.

Get yourself along for some seriously A-grade coffee.

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Sunday, 3 May 2015

Project Coffee

196 Bruntsfield Pl EH10 4DF
Open every day
Coffee: Square Mile & guests
Also: Meals, beans, cakes
Coolness: Bustling Bruntsfield location

Project Coffee (5♥) is located in Bruntsfield, an area filled with independent shops, boutiques, restaurants and cafes. The owner of Project Coffee also owns other coffee shops dotted around central Edinburgh: Wellington Coffee, Press Coffee, Blackwood Coffee and Kilimanjaro Coffee.

The interior is classy with a touch of a light industrial look. High ceilings, big windows, chunky ornate cornices, white paint throughout and a mix of tables and chairs.

They offer substantial breakfasts, soups and sandwiches as well as selection of cakes and do a great job with their coffee, featuring Square Mile and guests. The temperature and milk texture are both perfect allowing their high grade coffee to shine through.

Service is friendly and efficient and they're well-loved by their local community. Definitely one to visit regularly.