Saturday, 18 August 2018

Lovecrumbs Stockbridge

22 St Stephen's St
Coffee: Steampunk
Also: Cake, homewares
Coolness: Holding their own with their funky designer neighbours

Lovecrumbs (4♥) has been providing Edinburgh with top notch cakes, coffee and other goodies for some years from their shop in Westport. And now to the delight of Stockbridge locals, they've opened up in St Stephen's Street.

Located down a few steps and nestled amongst the signature elegant and often quirky home wares, fashion, restaurants and hair dressers, Lovecrumbs is holding its own.

The front and rear parts of the shop are primarily dedicated to coffee and cakes with seating, tables and stools. The middle features a range of stylish and useful kitchenalia, textiles, magazines, greeting cards, stationery and other must-haves from long time collaborators Century General Store.

With it's inviting friendliness and scrumptious cakes and coffee, we love this Lovecrumbs!


Wednesday, 15 August 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) 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.

Monday, 13 August 2018


354 Duke St
G31 1RB
Open every day
Coffee: Good Coffee Cartel and guests
Also: Meals, cake
Coolness: Super chilled with super brunch

East (4♥) is located in Dennistoun - Glasgow's East end - and is the venture of Sean and Niall who were previously at Meadow Road and Artisan Roast.

With attentive, relaxed friendliness, the East team are dishing out espresso-based, seasonally changing coffees from Glasgow's Good Coffee Cartel and aiming to offer loads of guests on filter in the near term. (It's early days but we'll check back).

We enjoyed a cracking breakfast of pancakes (that happened to be gluten free) with lush toppings - bacon, toasted banana, orange zest butter and maple peanut butter - yum! And there were other choices including berry compote and ginger pear. Poached eggs and toast come with sides such as avocado, spinach, chilli jam, salted peas. bacon and dill sauce plus there are bagels and cakes of varying kinds.

The shop is long and narrow with tables and chairs for around 15 customers and all the cooking and preparation is done behind the counter. At the back there's a little Libby Walker mini-shop with prints, mugs, homewares and textiles on sale.


Thursday, 9 August 2018

Century General Store Abbeyhill

1-7 Montrose Terrace
Open every day
Coffee: Assembly Coffee & guests
Also: Meals, beans & general merchandise
Coolness: The charming fairy tale building exterior

Century General Stores (5♥) occupies the ground floor of a very quaint wedge-shaped building in Abbeyhill, just East of central Edinburgh.

The coffee is excellent, offering a choice of London's high quality Assembly Coffee and a changing guest roaster, made with great skill and care. Tea drinkers can sip local supplier Pekoe Tea and there's a selection of meals, cakes and pastries, including gluten free.

The shop is triangular with the coffee machine and serving area running along the shorter side. It has a simple decor with timber flooring, six or so black tables with chairs and white walls. It also has a high bench against the front rounded window where you can perch and watch the world go by.

Breakfast choices include croissants, granola & yoghurt, toasted banana bread and other buns and pastries. Lunches from midday include sourdough sandwiches with a tasty selection of toppings such as hot smoked salmon, avocado, mixed leaves and wasabi mayo, goats cheese, chilli jam and rocket salad and roast veggies with olive tapenade. Every day they also put on a vegetarian soup and stew of the day.

The General Store section relates mostly to a wall of shelving that stocks plates, coffee and tea pots, candles, drinking glasses and other useful household items. They also stock some gourmet chocolate and greetings cards and other stylish bits and bobs.

All in all, this is an uber chilled zone with tip top coffee and locals are indeed lucky to have Century General Store in their neighbourhood!


Friday, 3 August 2018

Machina Espresso Tollcross

2 Brougham Pl
Open every day
Espresso, Chemex
Coffee: Machina Espresso & guests
Also: Soups, cakes, beans
Coolness: Beautiful coffee equipment a stones throw from The Meadows

Machina Espresso (5♥) is one of Edinburgh's best, on all coffee fronts. Coffee to drink, coffee beans to buy and coffee making equipment in a variety of shapes and forms.

Located just past Tollcross as you head out of town and very near The Meadows, Machina Espresso is friendly and passionate.

They roast their own carefully sourced single-origin beans as well offering a variety of other small batches. You can choose your preferred brewing method and beans and the baristas are very happy to step you through your options and genuinely want you to enjoy coffee, which is great for two reasons:

1 - You'll get a great coffee while you're there. You might like to try something new (brew method or bean variety) or an old favourite, but can be sure you'll be getting great coffee.

2 - You can get everything you need for home brewing in all shapes, sizes and budgets. These guys are coffee equipment suppliers for private and commercial use, so offer a wide variety of machines, some of which are very shiny and expensive but plenty that are more affordable. They're also distributors of Inker cups and have a raft of equipment and guidance on their website.

Machina Espresso is definitely among Edinburgh's finest coffee shops (and coffee equipment providers) and well worth the visit.


Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Bearded Barista - Leith Market

Dock Place
Every Saturday except the last of the month
Coffee: Williams & Johnson
Also: A sweet brownie type thing
Coolness: Grab a great coffee while you do your market shopping

The Bearded Barista (5♥) is Lewis - who makes excellently prepared Williams & Johnson coffee from his bicycle-based stall at the Leith Markets.

Apart from great coffee, you can also expect a very friendly and down-to-earth experience with Lewis who is very attentive and happy to chat. As are other stall-holders at the Leith Market which is a sister market to the Stockbridge and Grassmarket Markets, and an excellent addition to Leith's Saturday scene. You can pick up your fresh veggies, cheeses, fish, meat, food to eat on the spot and other produce and hand-made products. All while listening to live music and supporting your local indy producers and artisans.

While Lewis offers all the usual flat whites, lattes and long blacks, we did ask for an explanation of a 'shlongo'. It's a small long black. All his coffees have two shots of espresso unless you request otherwise and you can also pick up a tea or hot chocolate.

Williams & Johnson and Lewis regularly change their beans. You could find yourself drinking Brazilian, Costa Rican, Ethiopian or Kenyan - or something else again based on seasonality and what's tasting great at that time.

Go and grab a coffee from Lewis - it's extremely nice!

More: Bearded Barista Twitter

Sunday, 29 July 2018

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.