16 Haymarket Terrace
Coffee: Williams & Johnson
Also: Healthy fast food & cakes
|Coolness: Raw and natural cake that are often gluten-free and vegan|
Grams (4♥) is a breakfast and lunch cafe very near Edinburgh's Haymarket station that does excellent coffee.
Grams serves Edinburgh's Williams and Johnson's single origin, seasonally changing coffee and do a fine espresso-based brew. Relative new-comers Williams and Johnson are based in the Biscuit Factory in Leith and draw on previous experience including working at Melbourne's Market Lane coffee roaster.
Apart from lovely coffee, Grams' big differentiator is their affordable, health-conscious food. Owner Lewis creates his menu based on whole ingredients and avoiding sugar and processed food. That is, he starts with raw ingredients and processes them as little as possible so all the nutritional value (and flavour) is retained.
While everyone will find very tasty food at Grams, people chasing specific dietary needs will find more joy at Grams than most other cafes. Vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free folk and avoiders of sugar and dairy will have their needs met - including almond and coconut milk coffees.
The menu includes bacon rolls, poached eggs & avocado, smoothie bowls, super salads (such as chicken aioli, chipotle salmon, sweet potato and vegan 'pulled pork'), baked sweet potatoes, soups and sandwiches.
The cakes menu deserves it's own mention as they're works of art. Without the use of sugar, dairy or cooking, you can choose from slices of cheescake, a raw 'snickers bar' and a host of other delights that taste great but are still good for you (in moderation of course!). Grams also provides their cakes to other cafes and can often be seen at farmers markets including the Stockbridge market on Sundays.
You can eat in at a mix of tables, chairs and stools or take-away for work, uni, picnic etc. For those who live or work nearby - Grams is an absolute break-through from a coffee point of view, and they open early!