Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Leo's Beanery

23A Howe St
Open every day
Coffee: Hands-On Coffee
Also: Meals, cakes and beans
Coolness: New Town nooks and crannies meets great food

Leo's Beanery (4♥) is in the beautiful Georgian New Town and a lovely spot.

Out front you'll find some inviting tables and chairs before stepping into the deceptively large interior. Leo's has a friendly, elegant but cosy feel and are very customer-focused. 

We've sampled Leo's coffee for years and they continue to be a joy. They're currently using Cornwall-based Hands-On Coffee Roasters, which is excellent. Hands-On coffee is micro-roasted by hand in small batches at their roastery in Wadebridge on the Cornish Atlantic coast using a hot-air roaster.

Leo's coffee is made with care and served at the perfect temperature, warm but not scalding which allows the rounded milk texture to support great flavour.

As well as their coffee, they take their food seriously with lots of yummy, locally sourced fresh options - small or big breakfasts as well as a good choice of lunches, snacks and cakes. There really is something for everyone.

This one's a charmer and one to put on the regular visiting list.

Monday, 27 July 2015

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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Looking Glass Books

36 Simpson Loan
Open every day
Coffee: Carvetii Coffee
Also: Meals, cakes, books
Free wifi
Coolness: Stimulate your body with the coffee and your mind with the books

Looking Glass Books (3♥) is a warm and friendly shop within the glass, steel and stone Quartermile development near the Meadows.

They use Cumbrian roasted Carvetii Coffee which you can have inside or outside, when the weather's good. Carvetii change their range of roasted coffee with the seasons and source ethically. Looking Glass treat Carvetii coffee with respect so you'll get some fine flavour.

On the food front you can tuck into stromboli, salads, pasta, bagels and a range of cakes. They source their produce as carefully as their books and if you want a break from the coffee, you can enjoy a milkshake, hot chocolate or Eteaket tea.

The huge appeal of Looking Glass is that sense of yet-to-be-enjoyed discovery that carefully curated independent book shops provide. The cafe encourages you to linger and books make sure you do. You'll be drawn to peruse a wide variety of subjects and authors along with book-related clever and quirky merchandise. Check the Looking Glass website to stay up to date with book and author-related events, including kid-friendly readings.

A joyous, indulgent place to be.

More: facebook.com/lookingglassbooks

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

The Counter

216a Morningside Rd
EH10 4QQ
Open Mon-Sat before 3pm
Coffee: Mr Eion bespoke blend
Also: Cookies
Coolness: The chirpy Police Box and equally chirpy service

The Counter (4♥) is set back a little from Morningside Road in Edinburgh's leafy South West and serves take-away coffee and home-made small cakes.

Owners Sally and Ali are partners in life as well as business, bringing together experience in hospitality and cheffing.

They serve their own 'The Counter' blend from local roaster Mr Eion, the majority of which is Sumatran and Brazilian. Chosen with the preferences of their customers in mind, you can expect a nutty, choclatey brew that works well with milk.

Chef Ali does the baking including very popular brownies and salt caramel cookies. They offer bite-size portions because they know many of their customers are on the move and a quick bite is what they're after. The Counter also offer Edinburgh's Eteaket teas.

A very nice coffee from folk who are passionate about great coffee and customer service.

More: The Counter on Facebook

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Salt cafe

54 Morningside Rd
EH10 4BZ
Open every day
Coffee: Papercup
Also: Breakfast to dinner, licensed
Coolness: Brunch through to Scottish seafood delights - plus wine

Salt Cafe (3♥) is a double-fronted, bustling cafe in Morningside, an area known for a wide choice of coffee shops, restaurants and boutiques.

Attentive staff use Glasgow roaster Papercup and make a good coffee. Papercup have a reputation for coffee excellence and sustainable, ethical sourcing. While Salt offers a wide range of food, and are open from breakfast through to dinner, they also take their coffee seriously.

On the food front they use separate menus for before and after 5pm. A glance at the early menu has you torn between eggs florentine, freshly shucked oysters, Bellinis and a burger (among many other things). Equally the dinner menu tempts you with mussels, venison and halibut and more.

You can enter the cafe from the two front doors, each into a space divided by the bar/servery area. The d├ęcor is a comfortable mix of warm timber, retro bare bulbs and booth and table seating.

More: facebook.com/SaltCafeMorningside

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Machina Espresso

2 Brougham Pl
Open every day
Espresso, Chemex
Coffee: High quality 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 use an ever-increasing variety of roasters and small batches and you can choose your preferred brewing method and beans with a handy blackboard that explains it all from steeping through pour over and on to pressure/vacuum. The baristas are very happy to explain things to you 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 it'll be 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.

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

More: machina-espresso.co.uk/pages/coffee-shop

Friday, 26 June 2015


6 Dean Park St
Open: Mon-Sat
Coffee: Mr Eion bespoke blend
Also: Cold drinks, cakes, beans
Coolness: High end bicycles, accessories, repairs & expertise

Gamma Transport Division (4♥) is a bicycle shop for the serious cyclist and provides equally high level servicing and expertise. They also supply excellent coffee and use their walls as an art exhibition space.

Gamma has the enviable position of living across the road from local coffee roaster Mr Eion. Gavin, the shop's owner, has worked with Mr Eion to create a Gamma coffee blend and offers espresso-based coffees as well as a range of Mr Eion retail bags of beans. While Gavin won't give away his secret recipe, the Gamma house blend includes Indian Tiger Stripes and Brasil Daterra Sunrise among others and is big and rich.

You place your order at the counter and a delightful coffee will be brought to you at the high bench seating in the front shop window.

On the bicycle front, enthusiasts can expect some serious gear. The large, light-filled room is jammed with bikes and related paraphernalia that will tempt most into considering the pastime if they're not already addicted. Gamma also pffer a custom-build service to create the bike that's perfect for you.

This is a nice spot to drop by for a brew and, if you're a cyclist, well worth putting on your route.

More: facebook.com/gammatransportdivision