Thursday, 19 February 2015


soderberg, 31 queensferry street, is a bakery shop located in the west end near where the end of princes street meets shandwick place

owned by the same folk who own peter's yard, their buns, bread and sandwiches are many, varied and delightful. they offer a range of breakfast bun and scone options as well as loaves of bread of different shapes, sizes and textures. and then they top up just before lunch with a range of high quality and fresh sandwich options to suit most folk

they, like their sister shops, use artisan roast beans and have trained their baristas well. this is essentially a bakery shop that offers take-away service. there's one table with chairs if you're lucky enough to grab it otherwise you'll need to grab your coffee (and delectable breads) and run

Monday, 26 January 2015

cairngorm coffee

cairngorm coffee, 41a frederick street, is a coffee shop in the heart of the georgian new town, just below street level

a short set of stone stairs take you from street level past a table & chairs and into the open fronted shop. we very much liked the decor of simple chunky wood with equally chunky old metal machinery holding up various chairs, tables etc. to the right side of the door way is a deceptively large seating area that will be very cosy in the warmer months

cairngorm stock lots of yummy food and drink options such as cold drinks, chocolates and other snacks from a range of gourmet suppliers. they also do light lunches, soups and pastries.

robi (pictured below) and his friendly team use local roaster mr eion beans which we very much enjoyed in our flat whites. fiercely passionate about great coffee, cairngorm is definitely one of edinburgh's best

- coffee: mr eion
- coolness: retro industrial decor meets rustic

Saturday, 24 January 2015

castello coffee

castello coffee is at 7a castle street, just off princes street.

friendly service, lunch options of soups, sandwiches, baguettes, snacks and great coffee.

even in rainy weather you can sit outside under umbrellas and watch the world go by.there are also tables and chairs inside for chilly times.

castello use the fabulous allpress espresso, a new zealand outfit that also trades out of london and sydney. they buy direct from small estates and co-ops so the actual beans change regularly and are seasonal. castello's baristas will always give you a lovely coffee, and you get variety - perfect.

it's also excellently placed to grab a coffee and picnic and then pop across the road to the princes street gardens under the looming edinburgh castle.

a great addition to edinburgh's coffee scene!

- coffee: allpress espresso
- coolness: castle views from their outdoor seating
- dog-friendly

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

cult espresso

cult espresso, 104 buccleuch street, is on the south side of the old town, near edinburgh university, and is a very welcome addition to edinburgh's coffee fraternity

the friendly cult folk feature guest coffees alongside seasonal round hill roastery beans and choose the right bean for your brew method

pictured above is a couple of delightful flat whites made with scandinavian la cabra guest beans and they plan to change their guests regularly

cult offers espresso-based coffee (from a very special looking machine pictured below) and kalita wave pour over coffee. for those less familiar with kalita wave, its a drip-filter coffee gizmo that has a flat bottom that contributes to a more even, fuller brew - more here

the space itself is long and narrow. the street frontage is quite small but the shop drops down about half-way through offering ample seating on two levels. the fit-out and decor is warm while having an industrial feel to it 

hearty and inventive union of genius soups are on offer alongside sandwiches, salads, pastries and cakes

highly recommended for regular visits

coffee: round hill roastery and regular changing guests
coolness: rustic industrial chilled out vibe

Sunday, 21 December 2014

the little green van

the little green van looks directly on to portobello beach and is on the promenade, at the foot of bellfield street

the friendly owners of the easily recognisable citroen hy van offer well made artisan roast coffee right on the beach front 

also on offer are tasty hot sandwiches, soups, pastries, icecreams and tea or hot chocolate - all made to an equally high quality

portobello beach is lovely spot to visit for a walk along the promenade and is frequented by many a parent and dog owner

the little green van is part of the experience and offers some of the best coffee in the area

coffee: artisan roast
coolness: other than the very cool van, beach views

this is the closest google map reference i could get. the little green van is on the promenade where bellfield street meets the beach

Thursday, 18 December 2014

project coffee

project coffee at 196 brutsfield place is one of leading scottish barista jonathan sharp's coffee shops and serves cracking coffee (others are wellington coffee, press coffee and kilimanjaro coffee)

the interior is classy with a touch of a light industrial look. high ceilings, big windows, chunky ornate cornices, white paint throughout and a mix of tables and chairs.

trusty partner and i tried the 'flat white'shown right in the photo below (short, double-shot latte) and cappuccino. the temperature and milk texture were both perfect allowing the complex, savoury, nutty bitterness of the coffee to shine.

all jonathan's coffee shops use square mile coffee which is truly excellent stuff. service is friendly and efficient. definitely one to visit regularly.

- coffee: square mile plus guests
- coolness: great fitout and good local shopping

Sunday, 26 October 2014

crumbs of portobello

crumbs of portobello on portobello promenade is a small booth with outdoor tables that faces the beach

they offer crepes, baked sweet and pastry items, a good selection of breakfast rolls and coffee, all enjoyed in the beautiful outdoors 

it's a lovely location on the busy promenade filled with locals and visitors and their dogs and kids

the friendly folk at crumbs serve up glasgow-based thomsons coffee which you can also buy by the bag to take home if you so wish

we enjoyed our flat whites and breakfast rolls very much and the location is excellent, we'll be back regularly

coolness: tables are practically on the beachfront

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