Monday, 7 April 2014

castello coffee

castello coffee is at 7a castle street, just off princes street.

friendly service, lunch options of soups, sandwiches, baguettes, snacks and great coffee.

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.

castello use the fabulous 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 addition to edinburgh's coffee scene!

- coffee: allpress espresso
- coolness: castle views from their outdoor seating
- dog-friendly

Saturday, 5 April 2014

french press

french press is at 25a dundas street, about half way down the hill on the north side of the new town.

it's a wee place with a few tables and chairs inside and, on sunnier days, a few outside.

the friendly folk will provide you the coffee of your liking.

we tried the flat white, shown, and it was strong, balanced, had a good crema and soft milk texture at a good temperature.

they also offer aeropress, V60 and french press/cafetiere/plunger. they're clearly passionate about their coffee in the way they take the time and care to make it.

- coolness: coffee any way you like it

Sunday, 2 March 2014

steampunk coffee

steampunk roast their coffee in north berwick and are regulars at the weekly sunday stockbridge market and the portobello market on the first saturday of the month. we visited the stockbridge markets where you'll find them 10-5pm-ish each sunday.

they make and serve their coffee from one of their vw campervans (the black one is called melvin and the orange one is mavis), especially kitted out by the owners. the owners (cath and hans-erik) have partnered their business strengths of 'cake' and 'coffee' to form steampunk and also sell teas and specialist drinking chocolate alongside lovely cakes, brownies etc. we're sure they'll continue to evolve their produce as they go

if you're more of a coffee geek than us (and there are plenty of them) you'll marvel at their coffee machines cosily housed in both campervans as every part of the making of every coffee is controlled by hand by the barista. by way of example hans-erik likened creating an espresso to pulling a real ale - its all mechanical, in line with the steampunk ethos which underlines their approach

needless to say the flat whites we've tried on multiple occasions are lovely - round, flavoursome, sweet.

steampunk coffee is now available in edinburgh at leo's beanery and the chocolate tree (who also stock their chocolate) as well as others further afield (see their website). there'll supply more coffee shops in time no doubt so look out for them.

it's exciting to see another roaster on edinburgh's coffee scene, providing uber freshness and variety. they've started small and are growing slowly. equally exciting is steampunk's just-launched and stylish website on which you can order coffee and get it shipped to you within the optimum few days of roasting and just how you like it - whole bean, cafetiere, filter and espresso

- coffee: their own roasts
- coolness: the campervan factor in real life, the locally roasted bean choice online
- website:
- dog-friendly

Monday, 3 February 2014

peter's yard - stockbridge

peter's yard stockbridge at 3 deanhaugh street stockbridge, is a delight and is the best coffee shop in stockbridge. this shop lives up to the excellent standards already set in their peter's yard quartermile outlet.

their expert baristas pay great attention to their coffee as shown by the flat white pictured. they use local supplier artisan roast and prepare lush soft milk lovingly coaxed into the perfect small-sized cup.

other options at peter's yard include a great array of fresh bread, pastries, salads, artisan chocolate and icecream and pizzas...and they supply wine too!

this is a great spot to drop in for coffee and food alike. you can also pick up all options take-away.

- coffee: artisan roast
- coolness: their own crispbread and stockbridge location
- child-friendly

Sunday, 26 January 2014


papii at 101 hanover street in the new town has a welcoming crisp white frontage and almost summery feel inside with friendly, welcoming staff

it's relatively small with mostly white tables and chairs of various shapes and sizes and counters against both front windows so you can sit on stools to watch the world go by. they're kid friendly with baby changing facilities in the loo

as the blackboard below shows, they've a variety of wholesome looking food to choose from. the pasta and potato bakes looked particularly good but smoothies, breakfast, soups and cakes were also available. as the blackboard also proudly states, papii use artisan roast coffee

we tried the double shot flat white which was a joy. the milk was lovely and velvety allowing the rich, sweet, coffee to shine

these guys are clearly passionate about their coffee.

- coffee: artisan roast
- coolness: sunny feel even when it's not
- website: papii facebook
- child-friendly

Monday, 6 January 2014

razzo st andrew square

razzo coffee is in st andrew square - the square of green itself. doesn't get much better than that for a top spot to park yourself (as it were).

it's a wee place with a couple of tables inside and benches to sit up to around the edge looking out. on dry days, there are plenty of tables outside at which to sit and watch the world go by.

you order at the counter with the friendly staff and service is quick and efficient.

the coffee is excellent.

- coffee: extract coffee roasters
- coolness: right in the iconic st andrew square

Thursday, 12 December 2013

artisan roast - broughton st

artisan roast, 57 broughton st, is among edinburgh's best.

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

my personal favourite is a flat white which is a double espresso in a normal, tea/coffee sized cup. not a mug or an oversize cup - just a nice, normal cup that holds the perfect quantity. my trusty partner prefers the cappuccino.

the milk has the lovely thick texture of expertly stretched milk, enhancing the complex nutty, choclatey, smokey, caramel coffeeness without a hint of bitterness. the flavour is as good as the smell. you can choose from a range of sprinkles for the top of your froth including chilli or cardamon chocolate, if that is to your liking.

artisan roast their own coffee beans and supply other coffee shops. the picture of their roaster below was taken before they moved it to glasgow.

apart from having some of the best coffee around, you can also take some beans or ground coffee home - ground to your exact specifications.

- coffee: their own roast
- coolness: coffee ground to your specs to take home
- website:
- dog-friendly

(the roasting den is no longer in the broughton street shop)