Thursday, 27 August 2015

Scottish Coffee Festival - Edinburgh 2015


We caught up with Scottish Coffee Festival organiser Christian Brown to get the run-down

What is the Scottish Coffee Festival? in a nutshell 
A family-friendly, chilled out event in Leith's Biscuit Factory where you can enjoy a range of coffee-related demonstrations and goodies from a variety of roasters as well as tea, hot chocolate, baked items, ice-cream and live music.

Where, when & how much? 
  • The Biscuit Factory - 4-6 Anderson Place, Leith, EH6 5NP 
  • 11am-6pm - Saturday 29 August 2015 
  • Tickets £8
Who would enjoy it? 
Christian explained that the event promises something for everyone from experienced baristas through to people who like coffee and are looking for a nice day out. He specifically searched for a venue that sets a relaxed but upbeat tone. He wants people to hang out, or come and go throughout the day, just like they would their favourite coffee shop.

With Leith's coffee and restaurant scene becoming more and more vibrant, and the festival feeling across the city, Christian settled on the old Crawford's Biscuit Factory, that has more recently been turned into an arts and fashion hub, as the perfect venue.

He's also keen that the festival forms a platform to support Scotland's coffee industry. So companies can raise their profile and like-minded baristas, roasters and enthusiasts can mingle and share ideas.

What will you see? 
Coffee companies feature heavily, as you'd expect, and they'll be showing off their wares, talking about how they roast, providing tastings and giving demonstrations of brew methods and latte art including:
  • Glasgow's Gordon Street Coffee
  • Ayr's Roundsquare Roastery
  • Lanarkshire's Ovenbird Coffee
  • Berwick upon Tweed's Luckie Beans
  • Venetian influenced VQuality
  • Huddersfield's Coopers Coffee
  • East Kilbride's Roast Den
On the less caffeinated front, and adding to family-friendly vibe, will be:
  • Mancini's Italian ice-cream
  • Edinburgh's Brotique
  • Hidden Stag Design
  • Tempo Tea Bar
  • Daniel's Swiss Bakery
  • Live music
  • Other things we're sure!
Why a coffee festival? 
Christian was inspired by the love of coffee he gained while living in Florida. He then went to Cuba where his interest was consolidated after visiting coffee mills and meeting the passionate people behind the beans. When he returned to Scotland he felt there was a gap in Scotland's coffee scene. After talking to cafe and roaster owners, he decided to launch Scotland's first ever coffee festival last year in Glasgow. He's looking to make it a more enjoyable experience every year.

Is there more than one coffee festival? 
Yes, which is great for us!

This Saturday 29 August is run by the Scottish Coffee Festival and will be held in Edinburgh  for the first time, following a successful inaugural event last year in Glasgow. The Scottish Coffee Festival will also hold an event in Glasgow on 28 and 29 November this year.

Separately, we can also look forward to the Edinburgh Coffee Festival, which will take place on 3 October 2015 and is a completely separate event - more here.

So we can get a double shot of coffee love in Edinburgh. What's not to love about that!

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Counter - Usher Hall

Outside Usher Hall
EH1 2DY
»Map«
Open Mon-Fri approx 7.30am to 3pm
Espresso
Coffee: Mr Eion bespoke blend
Also: Cookies, brownies
Coolness: Friendly service outside iconic Usher Hall

This is one of three The Counter (4♥) Police boxes whose sole purpose is to provide lovely coffee. Others are at the Tollcross intersection, on Lauriston Place (just up the road) and in Morningside (their first shop front).

Usher Hall is a beautiful and historic building that has recently undergone a complete renovation and is one of Edinburgh's finest performing arts spaces. It's set back from Lothian Road on a large open square, and The Counter sits quietly but tastefully on the side of this square.

Like their other Police boxes, owners Sally and Ali  use their own bespoke coffee blend by roaster Mr Eion. 'The Counter' blend is primarily comprised of Sumatran and Brazilian and is a nutty, choclatey brew that works well with milk.

The Counter also make their own brownies and salt caramel cookies among other delicacies and also offer Edinburgh's Eteaket teas.

More: The Counter on Facebook

Counter - Tollcross

Tollcross on Lauriston Pl
EH3 9RP
»Map«
Open Mon-Fri approx 7.30am to 3pm
Espresso
Coffee: Mr Eion bespoke blend
Also: Cookies, brownies
Coolness: Friendly calm service from a beautifully refurbished Police Box

Owners of The Counter (4♥) have three perfectly equipped Police boxes in Edinburgh, all serving lovely coffee. This one is at the Tollcross intersection on Lauriston Place. The other two are at Morningside (their first shop front) and Usher Hall, just up the road.

When you reach Tollcross it's not hard to see why this complex intersection once needed a constant Police presence to keep it running smoothly. Now it's governed by traffic lights, bus routes and turning lanes, leaving the Police box available for another public service: friendly high quality caffeine.

Like their other Police boxes, owners Sally and Ali use their own bespoke coffee blend by roaster Mr Eion. 'The Counter' blend is primarily comprised of Sumatran and Brazilian and is a nutty, choclatey brew that works well with milk.

The Counter also make their own brownies and salt caramel cookies among other delicacies and also offer Edinburgh's Eteaket teas.

More: The Counter on Facebook

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Fortitude Coffee

3c York Pl
EH1 3EB
»Map«
Open: Mon-Sat
Espresso & filter
Coffee: Workshop & lots of guests
Also: Beans & some coffee making kit
Free wifi
Dog-friendly
Coolness: Great selection of coffee guests perfectly prepared

Fortitude Coffee (5♥) is nestled between the National Portrait Gallery and The Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh's New Town. It sits up of the street, accessed via a short flight of stone stairs.

York Place is the Eastern end of Queen Street toward the top of Broughton Street, complying with old Edinburgh's 'three block rule': you can't have the same street name for more than three blocks, even if it is in fact the same street! (This isn't a real rule. We made it up and it seems to be mostly true).

Up a short staircase to the front door, you immediately know that Fortitude love their coffee. They sell v60 and aeropress gadgets as well as bags of beans, ground or whole. Workshop Coffee is their primary coffee with Monmouth also available when we visited and they have regular guests. Espresso-based and filter coffees are lovingly prepared by the owner and barista.

Our flat whites have been delectable - perfectly prepared using London-based Workshop 'Cult of Done' beans and the service friendly, understated and helpful.

The menu includes stromboli, soup, salad, chilli, quiche and cakes along with a selection of loose leaf teas, hot chocolate and gourmet cold drinks.

The decor is open, light and simple and their branding very nice indeed.


Festival coffee pop-ups





Counter - Morningside

216a Morningside Rd
EH10 4QQ
»Map«
Open Mon-Sat before 3pm
Espresso
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