Saturday, 3 June 2017

Honeycomb & Co

1 Merchiston Pl
EH10 4NP
Open: Every day
Coffee: Artisan Roast
Also: Meals, cakes
Coolness: Streamlined, day-time opulence - for decor & menu alike

Honeycomb & Co. (3♥) is a cafe style restaurant (modern eatery) in bustling Bruntsfield on the corner of Merchiston Place and Montpelier Park.

They're friendly, service-oriented and use local roaster Artisan Roast, offering well-made espresso-based coffees.

You can eat and drink inside, or out the front on the spacious pavement area flanked by potted greenery. The decor and design is smart, warm and shiny. With honey as their theme, they've incorporated gold into their ochre soft furnishings, brass counter edges and feature wall, and the large windows, linear styling and plenty of height and white keep it chirpy.

The food is wholesome, varied and tasty - in a sort of Scottish-produce-meets-Ottolenghi way. The breakfast options should satisfy most with baked items (including their signature honey bun), porridge, fried breakfast, shashuka and avocado on toast among others. And the snacks and lunches tempt you with tasty, sharing and individual plates of fusion flavoured and inventive, chunky veggies, salads, grains and meat choices. From za'atar, to vinaigrette, skewered chicken to rainbow trout.

And then there's the cake display - which is equally eye popping

All up Honeycomb & Co. is a winner!


Thursday, 1 June 2017

The Milkman

7 Cockburn St
Open every day
Espresso & batch brew
Coffee: Guests
Also: Cakes and light meals
Coolness: Beautifully restored stone shop in the Old Town

The Milkman (4♥) is located at the bottom of Cockburn Street in the Old Town, near Waverley Station.

On the coffee front, head barista Jaro chooses new guest coffees every three or so months. He has a keen eye (and palette) for high quality roasters from across the UK and Europe, that you won't find in other coffee shops in Edinburgh.

The owners have lovingly renovated and restored the site that was previously a sweet shop. It has window benches looking on to the street as well as some internal seating. The interior is largely comprised of stone, softened by a charming trimmings. You feel a bit like you're stepping back in time, or perhaps into a fairy tale - but with better coffee!

This is a great spot to drop into when you're acquainting yourself with the nooks and crannies of the Old Town or on the way to the station. A real gem.


It All Started Here

75 Deanston Dr
G41 3AQ
Saturdays & Sundays
Espresso & batch brew
Coffee: Guests

Coolness: Some of the best guest roasters around

It All Started Here (5♥) is William Heenan's specialty coffee shop - a welcome evolution from his much loved coffee pop-up stall that has been doing the rounds at Glasgow outdoor markets and events for several years.

This shop that seats around a dozen folk is all about high end specialty coffee. Will's constantly on the look out for top notch guest roasters as well as featuring their long time favourites Sheffield based Foundry Coffee Roasters and London's Workshop and Caravan. You can expect "lots of naturals, lots of African coffee, lots of fun, interesting tasting notes and (hopefully) sweet, juicy, fruity brews."

Located in Shawlands just near Queen's Park, Will also serves Edinburgh's Pekoe Tea, hot chocolate and cakes such as banana bread, financiers, lemon drizzle and brownies.


Written in partnership with our coffee buddy Leanne Graham
- - Instagram & peaceandjam1

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Scotland Coffee Lovers App

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Our App will help you find the best independent specialty coffee shops in Scotland - quickly and easily, whether you're online or offline.

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.

Download our app free from the App Store or Playstore and never have a bad coffee again!

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We're always looking to add Scottish high quality, independently owned, specialty coffee shops to our app. We review them all ourselves, an no-one pays to be listed. If you fit the bill, we'd love to hear from you, just drop us an email (scotlandcoffeelovers(at) or direct message us on Twitter or Facebook.

Why an app?
We're passionate about Scotland's independent coffee shops and want to support them by driving customers through their doors. With location services, our App makes it easy for you to find your way to the best coffee shops Scotland has to offer.

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.

You'll also stay up to date with the best coffee shops as they open across Scotland, Edinburgh and Glasgow - as your App will be updated regularly.

We'll continue to refine our App as our coffee scene evolves.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Unorthodox Roasters

129 High St
Kinross KY13 8AQ
Open Wed-Sun
Pour over
Coffee: Unorthodox Roasters
Also: Beans, light meals
Coolness: Big open windows on to historic Kinross town

Unorthodox Roasters in the town of Kinross - about a 50 minute drive North of Edinburgh - is a roastery and cafe.

We dropped in moments after it opened and owners Neil Buchan and Chris Bode were yet to plumb in their 6kg Giesen roaster - which has since been accomplished - and were installing their humidity controlled green bean storage area out the back. Prior to this they were roasting their selection of neatly branded beans on a 1kg roaster and selling them at the Kinross FarmersMarket and online.

So while we back soon to update this post, we were keen to get Unorthodox on the map as it were, and hopefully support this roaster and cafe in its early days.

They offer V60 pour over and the staff are keen to ensure customers are getting what they want. They're aiming to demystify specialty coffee by fully explaining the taste profiles of their range and encouraging customers to try new things, as well as catering to those who tend toward a more traditional taste profile.

It's worth visiting their website to get the gist of their unorthodox ethos, and you can order beans to be delivered by mail if Kinross is not in your neighbourhood. Their range currently includes:
  • Wee Stoater - Chocolate, Hazelnut, Caramel - Brazil/Nicaragua
  • Fire Bird - Chestnut, Apricot, Chocolate - Rwanda/Brazil
  • Politik - Make. Coffee. Great. Again. - Rwanda
  • Clockword Ninja - Brazil nut, Apple, Cocao - Colombia
  • Jackpot - Blood orange zest - D.R. Congo
The food menu is evolving and includes avocado on sourdough, smoked salmon bagels and banana loaf. And the cafe is quite roomy with lots of light, a rustic-meets-make-do-hipster decor and plenty of room to sit down and chill out.

Neil and Chris were inspired by a major trip they took through Central and South America - much of which was spent building their appreciation and knowledge of specialty coffee. Prior to this epiphany, neither had a background in coffee but have since been engrossed and have now realised their dream to both roast coffee, and open their coffee shop.

And to finish - this is one of the few places in Kinross and surrounds that's open on a Sunday - for all the walkers, runners and cyclists out there!


Tuesday, 23 May 2017


Devonbanks Cottage
Pitgober, Dollar
FK14 7PQ
Open: Mon - Fri 09:30-15:30
(But get in touch if you're travelling from far to pop in!)
Coffee: Own roasted beans from a variety of sources
Coolness: Imagine if TV's George 'Amazing Spaces' Clarke designed a coffee roasting shed. Counter Roast is tucked down a single country lane in the grounds of a gorgeous cottage

Located just outside Dollar, CounterRoast is a warm and friendly artisan micro-roaster run by Stewart Maclean, a former financial bean counter turned bean roaster.

On weekdays, Stewart serves walk-in and online retail customers with whole or ground beans that have been freshly hand-roasted. He also supplies wholesale beans to coffee shops, delicatessens and restaurants. Although he doesn't serve coffee to drink, you can taste it back along the road in the village's Bridge Street Kitchen or Dollar's Delicatessen.

The shop is essentially one small roasting room, ‘Roast HQ’.  Everything in it is dedicated to the coffee that Stewart roasts on site.  He has a pile sacks of unroasted coffee, all responsibly sourced, and a small quantity of freshly roasted beans and ground coffee.

He deliberately doesn’t keep a huge stock as he prefers to roast close to order where possible.  As such, Stewart is often roasting during daytime shop hours on his red off-axis Gene Café 1kg hot air roaster.

Retail customers generally have five choices that are a mix of single origin beans and his own signature blends including the Réveillez and Kiss Blends as well as a decaf blend too.

He sticks to his core offerings but rotates the underlying beans so that there is something different to taste every month or so. Stewart's a really friendly guy and is happy to help you choose and to give you any advice you need with your brew method.


Post written by David McIntosh

Sunday, 21 May 2017


72 Victoria Rd
Glasgow G427AA
Open every day except Monday
Espresso & V60
Coffee: Avenue & guests
Also: Meals, beans
Coolness: Czech-inspired bakery items in a neat, friendly package

Buchta is a cosy, friendly coffee shop in Glasgow's South, inspired by its Czech namesake.

According to owners Tomas and Katerina, Buchta has two meanings. Tomas explains: "Generally, you can call all cakes Buchta in the Czech language but it's also the name of one particular cake called Honzikova buchta (John´s Buchta). This is a traditional Czech cake or bun that our grandmas bake for Sunday afternoons. We eat it with nice cup of coffee or tea, or for breakfast with hot cocoa next morning." And this little coffee joint is as warm and welcoming as that description!

They're offering locally roasted Avenue Coffee as espresso and do V60 filter using guest roasters from the Czech Republic. You can also enjoy a selection of loose leaf teas from Chaiovna or hot chocolates from Coco Chocolatier.

Katerina and Tomas make their own cakes, sweet toasts and caraway bread for sandwiches and toasties and offer home made chocolate spread plus the usual jam and peanut butter. Their fillings change constantly and range from central European sausage, sauerkraut and apple-horseradish chutney through to cheddar and onion or mozarella, tomato and pesto.

In terms of seating arrangements, you can expect to be pretty snug with your fellow coffee and cake lovers. High and wide pale timber tables are flanked by benches that you share with your neighbours - in tune with grandma's buchta vibe.