Monday, 17 December 2018

Lowdown Coffee

40 George St
EH2 2LE
Edinburgh
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Open every day 8am-6pm
Espresso, Kalita Wave, Torch Mountain Dripper, Clover
Coffee: Koppi
Also: Pastries, cakes, soups
Coolness: Passionate about flavour and precision

Lowdown Coffee (5♥) is on the lower ground floor of a multi-story, grandly proportioned Georgian town house in appropriately named George Street. The coffee served is excellent and brew methods varied.

Owner Paul Anderson has a close relationship with renowned Swedish roasting house Koppi, bringing yet more variety to our city's high end coffee scene.

Koppi were set up by Swedish barista champions Anne Lunell and Charles Nystrand and only roast high quality coffee they've sourced themselves and know to be sustainable.

Lowdown offer a several options in the Koppi coffee range - matching beans to brew methods across espresso, Kalita Wave, Torch Mountain Dripper and Clover. The latter two brew methods are in relative low supply in Edinburgh, as are shops that serve Koppi, so Lowdown definitely provides something unique.

The shop is wider than it is deep, accessed via stairs from street level. In sunnier months there'll be six or so tables in the outside space, plus the six or so that are inside. Running along part of the back wall is a smart, smooth work bench on which rests their prized Slayer, Mahlkonig EKK43 grinder and Clover. The decor is clean-lined and minimalist, softened with natural timber and fibre furnishings.

Tea drinkers are far from neglected. They can sip London's Postcard Teas, sourced from small farms (less than 15 acres) so it tastes good, as well as does good, for small producers and communities.

On the food side you can enjoy pastries, cakes and soups. Lowdown is also carrying the spectacularly packaged Compartés Gourmet Chocolate Bars.

All in all, a shop not to miss on the Edinburgh coffee trail.

More: facebook.com/lowdowncoffee

Thursday, 13 December 2018

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)yahoo.co.uk) 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.

Friday, 23 November 2018

Mayze Coffee & Food

974 Argyle St
G3 8LU Glasgow
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Open every day
Espresso, batch brew, filter, nitro col
Coffee: The Good Coffee Cartel
Also: Meals, beans, cakes and more
Dog-friendly
Coolness: Great veggie and vegan food with crafty arty guests

Mayze Coffee & Food (5♥) is located in Finnieston, just West of Glasgow's city centre.

Owners Gillian and Craig bring a significant amount of speciality coffee and cafe experience to this shop, having been in Glasgow's coffee scene for many years. They also run Something Brewed - their coffee and tea pop-up bar for special events.

Their coffee is provided by locals and long time pals The Good Coffee Cartel (previous work mates from Avenue) who favour bright seasonally changing speciality coffees.

Collaborators Faceplant help Mayze turn out a wide range of every-changing tasty vegetarian and vegan food. Brunch is a major attraction, offering big veggie fry ups, waffles and avocado toast. Lunch features burritos, toasties and a daily special main meal. And then there's the mouthwatering cakes, often vegan, gluten-free or both.

Mayze is a winner and will keep you coming back with their regularly changing menu of coffee, cakes and meals.

More: facebook.com/mayzefinnieston/

Photos from Mayze Instagram feed :)




Friday, 16 November 2018

Unorthodox Roasters

129 High St
Kinross KY13 8AQ
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Open Wed-Sun
Pour over, espresso
Coffee: Unorthodox Roasters
Also: Beans, light meals, brew kit
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.

Owners Neil Buchan and Chris Bode have their 6kg Giesen roaster proudly sitting up front alongside the customers’ chairs and tables.

They offer V60 pour over and, more recently, have added espresso based drinks to their menu. Their overarching ethos is to ensure customers are getting what they want.

They're aiming to demystify specialty coffee for their customers 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 traditional taste profile.

It's worth visiting their website to get the gist of their unorthodox ethos, and you can order beans - and now specialty teas - to be delivered by mail if Kinross is not in your neighbourhood. Their range changes but this gives you an indicator:
  • 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, banana loaf, brownies and other cakes. 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!

More: facebook.com/unorthodoxroasters/

Friday, 2 November 2018

Luckie Beans - Glasgow Queen Street train station

Queen Street Station
North Hanover Street
Glasgow
G1 2AF
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Open every day
Espresso
Coffee: Luckie Beans
Also: Sandwiches, snacks
Coolness: Specialty coffee at a major railway station - no more to say!

The Luckie Beans coffee cart is located in Glasgow's busy Queen Street station.

It provides great joy to commuters who would otherwise need to go without or choose crappy chain store coffee. Many of us would love to see more Luckies in more stations, which continue to have very few sound choices for specialty coffee lovers.

Luckie Beans is a Berwick-upon-Tweed based roaster owned and operated by roaster Jamie McLuckie. They offer a wide selection of coffees that you can buy online, at their coffee cart or subscribe to have delivered regularly to your home. All coffees are ethically sourced and provided in recyclable, letterbox-friendly packaging.

At the Luckie Bean cart you can pick up a coffee using one of their blends, Love Lane or Queen Street (the roastery is actually on Love Lane in Berwick). The Love Lane is comprised of coffee from India, Kenya, Guatemala and Brazil. It's on the darker roast side and includes some Indian robusta to give you a little extra caffeine hit. The Queen Street is a Sumatra and Brazil blend.

You'll also find a single origin choice on offer, seasonally changing from Luckie's wide range -  Rwanda to Colombia, Sumatra to Ethiopia and more.

To go with your coffee, this coffee cart also sells sandwiches, snacks, hot chocolates and other food to keep you going on your commute.

Luckie Beans also pops up at events and markets including Leith and Kelso Farmers Markets - so look out for them.

More: facebook.com/luckiebeans/

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Red Kite Cafe

7-8 Cadzow Pl
EH7 5SN
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Open every day
Espresso
Coffee: Artisan Roast
Also: Meals, cakes
Coolness: Brunches fit for your favourite current or previous monarch!

Red Kite Cafe (3♥) is a big open cafe on busy Cadzow Place, otherwise known as London Road, near Abbeyhill.

They're serving up Artisan Roast espresso-based coffees, in tune with their ethos of using great quality ingredients. You'll pick up all your coffee favourites plus hot chocolate and a range of Anteaques teas.

Red Kite is definitely a foodie haven. They take sourcing seriously, prioritising and naming the local producers who supply their ingredients. Brunch is a major highlight with plenty to choose from. They may include home made granola with yoghurt and compote, big breakfasts (for meat-lovers and vegetarians), shakshuka (eggs baked in tomato and peppers with lime yoghurt) and sausage rolls with onion marmalade.

There are also hearty lunches, soups, salads, tortillas, and the front counter is covered with an array of sweet sticky cakes and pastries.

There's plenty of tables and chairs and attentive friendly table service. The atmosphere is relaxed and everyone is made to feel welcome - with high chairs for little people and a bench with stools across the wide glass frontage if you're in the mood for watching the world go by.

More: facebook.com/redkiteedinburgh/

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Life Story

53 London St
EH3 6LX
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Open every day except Tues & Wed
Espresso
Coffee: Guests
Also: Homewares, jewellery, and lots more
Coolness: Wide array of must-haves for your home and person

Life Story (4♥) is a Scandi-inspired homewares store, completely at home on Edinburgh's creative Broughton Street. (The address is London Street but the shop faces Broughton Street)

While spending time pouring over all manner of lovely goods is already an enjoyable experience, it is of course enhanced by having a nice coffee - either sit-in or in a take-away cup while you wander about the store.

The Life Story folks are using guests including Edinburgh's Artisan Roast beans (one of their coffee shops is a one minute walk up Broughton Street), The Roasting Shed and Johan & Nystrom and doing a fine job with them. If you'd like to sit down to enjoy your espresso-based coffee, and perhaps a little bit of accompanying gluten free and/or vegan cake from Grams near Haymarket, there's a spot made just for you at the rear of the store near the window that looks on to a leafy patch of green. You'll feel very serene - surrounded by lovely designer furnishings.

The main act is definitely the large range of goodies that you didn't realise you really need until you see them. It's worth taking your time to have a good poke around in Life Story because the more you look the more you find. Greeting cards, note pads, clips, stationery, shelving, crockery, cutlery, books, cushions, furniture, artworks, lighting, candles, jewellery, waste paper baskets and the list goes on. All of a complimentary clean lines, meets clever design, meets practically useful kind of styling.

More: facebook.com/lifestoryshop