Saturday, 18 January 2020

The Little Bakery

6-7 High St
South Queensferry
EH30 9PP
Open every day
Coffee: Has Bean
Also: Full menu
Coolness: The backdrop of the Forth's three bridges

The Little Bakery is on South Queensferry's High Street - which has to be one of Scotland's quaintest, plus its location and view of the bridges is stunning.

On the coffee front, you can choose from all the usual espresso-based options using their own Little Bakery blend from Stafford-based coffee roasters Hasbean. When we visited it was 60% El Salvador Argentina washed and 40% Bolivia Don Carlos Bourbon washed. Hasbean is a highly regarded speciality coffee roaster and relatively rare in Scottish coffee shops, so South Queensferry residents are indeed fortunate.

Their wide range of cakes are made onsite and include scones, brownies, biscuits, cakes, cupcakes and more sitting alongside a big brunch-related menu plus burgers, salads and sandwiches.

You order and pay at the counter and your food is brought to your table.

We would say, however, that this shop isn't little. It's actually quite big and does a roaring trade with a constant queue of customers.

More: The Little Bakery Facebook

Monday, 11 November 2019

Luckie Beans Coffee - Haymarket

Haymarket Railway
EH12 5EY
Open every day
Coffee: Luckie Beans Coffee Roasters
Also: Baked items, cold drinks
Coolness: A rare opportunity to have quality coffee on your train ride

The Luckie Beans Coffee cart is a welcome sight as you make your way through the airy entry hall of Edinburgh's Haymarket Station toward the ticket barriers.

They offer tasty flat whites using their Love Lane house blend, with beans originating from India, Kenya, Guatemala and Brazil. Expert baristas bring out the sweetness, rounding out the gutsy brew that will keep traditional and more adventurous speciality coffee lovers happy on their journey.

Roasting out of Berwick upon Tweed, Luckie Beans make regular appearances at markets around Southern Scotland, but their coffee cart is also a permanent fixture for Edinburgh's commuters and cross-country travellers.

Understandably, coffee is Luckie's main priority, but you can also pick up a muffin, danish or croissant to help soak up the caffeine as well as crisps, biscuits, chocolate bars and other train-worthy snacks and cold drinks.

It's often hard to get good quality coffee at railway stations, which are generally known for ghastly ubiquitous chain stores. It's great to see Luckie on the Haymarket station menu and the retro styling of their coffee cart is also super cute.

To top it off, you can choose from a selection of Luckie's beans, all bagged up and ready to go, for  brewing at home or work.


Thursday, 11 July 2019

Mr Eion Trinity

44-44a East Trinity Rd
Tuesday - Sunday
Filter, Espresso
Coffee: Mr Eion
Also: Meals, cakes, sandwiches
Coolness: White sunny space softened with natural tones

Mr Eion's cafe in Trinity has wide open windows to the street to welcome you in.

Speaking of welcoming, Mr Eion's roastery in Stockbridge has been supplying coffee lovers with a wide range of beans for many a year from their original bean shop.

Their Trinity cafe offers their beans - weighed out and priced by the gram depending on your needs - within a cafe environment of long pale timber tables and chairs, a tasty menu and a choice of espresso or filter based drinks.

This is the only speciality coffee shop in the area - with the closest choices being in Leith - so definitely worth a visit if you're in the area


Monday, 17 June 2019


9 Dock St
Tuesday - Saturday
Espresso, cold coffees
Coffee: Unorthodox Roasters
Also: Cakes, artwork, snacks
Coolness: Contemporary arts and interior ware

Sorbus is a small coffee shop in Dundee's historic centre that packs a lot in.

They're serving up carefully made espresso-based coffees using Unorthodox Roaster's 'Wee Stoater' - a natural Brazilian - Minor Figures cold coffees and Eteaket teas.

There's a handful of small tables at which to sit and chill, surrounded by Dock Street Studios artworks, candles, soaps, jewellery and other objects on sale.

The Studios host all sorts of events and offers local creatives a platform to showcase their art, homewares, furnishings and more and are just across the road from the V&A Dundee.

Also, keep an eye on Sorbus' social channels for coffee tasting and learning events.


Friday, 31 May 2019

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!

Want to be on our app?
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.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Little Fitzroy

45 Easter Rd
Everyday except Tuesday
Filter, Espresso, Cold
Coffee: Guests
Also: Meals, cakes, juices
Dog friendly
Coolness: Melbournesque overtones - nuff said!

Little Fitzroy takes it's name from the Melbourne suburb, well known for it's quality speciality coffee among many other cool things.

They're located on Easter Road - near the London Road end - and offer kalita wave filter, espresso and cold coffees. Their choice of high quality speciality coffee suppliers include locals such as Fortitude, Machina, William and Johnson, Common, Obadiah and Dear Green as well as folks from a little further afield such as personal faves of ours Girls who Grind.

Expect to choose from two espresso and two filter coffees on any visit - expertly made and regularly changing to keep your taste buds entertained.

Their food is freshly prepped, includes indulgent cakes and is vegan. They open at 7am which is another nod to Aussie coffee shops who recognise that the need is greater in the morning than later in the day!

They also have a selection of home brew kit. Handy.

(Photo: Little Fitzroy)


Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Williams and Johnson Waverley Mall

Waverley Mall
Princes St
Open every day
Espresso, batch brew filter
Coffee: Williams & Johnson
Also: Pastries, smoothies, designer gear
Coolness: Minimalist light-filled chill

Williams & Johnson Waverley Mall (5♥) is located in the heart of bustling Princes Street Edinburgh, right by the iconic Balmoral Hotel and stairs that lead down to the railway station.

The Mall is set back from the street and intentionally low profile - so as not to interfere too much with the Royal Mile silhouette of sandstone spires.

W&J occupy a glassed double frontage with chairs and tables inside and out (weather permitting). They're serving up their own seasonally changing single origins - espresso-based and batch brew filter. You can also pick up bags of beans to take home.

We're big fans of W&J's coffee, and have been since they set up in Leith in 2016. We believe they're amongst Scotland's best speciality coffee roasters and consistently choose and roast to create juicy, tasty, sweet coffee, changing regularly and sourcing from far and wide.

Their menu includes high quality pastries, cheese toasted sandwiches, health-giving smoothies and other drinks and snacks.

Adding to their natural cool you'll find a selection of designer homewares and accessories, teaming up with their mates from their original roastery cafe on The Shore at Custom Lane.