Saturday, 27 May 2017

Unorthodox Roasters

129 High St
Kinross KY13 8AQ
Open Wed-Sun
Pour over
Coffee: Unorthodox Roasters
Also: Beans, light meals
Coolness: Big open windows on to historic Kinross town

Unorthodox Roasters in the town of Kinross - about a 50 minute drive North of Edinburgh - is a roastery and cafe.

We dropped in moments after it opened and owners Neil Buchan and Chris Bode were yet to plumb in their 6kg Giesen roaster - which has since been accomplished - and were installing their humidity controlled green bean storage area out the back. Prior to this they were roasting their selection of neatly branded beans on a 1kg roaster and selling them at the Kinross FarmersMarket and online.

So while we back soon to update this post, we were keen to get Unorthodox on the map as it were, and hopefully support this roaster and cafe in its early days.

They offer V60 pour over and the staff are keen to ensure customers are getting what they want. They're aiming to demystify specialty coffee by fully explaining the taste profiles of their range and encouraging customers to try new things, as well as catering to those who tend toward a more traditional taste profile.

It's worth visiting their website to get the gist of their unorthodox ethos, and you can order beans to be delivered by mail if Kinross is not in your neighbourhood. Their range currently includes:
  • Wee Stoater - Chocolate, Hazelnut, Caramel - Brazil/Nicaragua
  • Fire Bird - Chestnut, Apricot, Chocolate - Rwanda/Brazil
  • Politik - Make. Coffee. Great. Again. - Rwanda
  • Clockword Ninja - Brazil nut, Apple, Cocao - Colombia
  • Jackpot - Blood orange zest - D.R. Congo
The food menu is evolving and includes avocado on sourdough, smoked salmon bagels and banana loaf. And the cafe is quite roomy with lots of light, a rustic-meets-make-do-hipster decor and plenty of room to sit down and chill out.

Neil and Chris were inspired by a major trip they took through Central and South America - much of which was spent building their appreciation and knowledge of specialty coffee. Prior to this epiphany, neither had a background in coffee but have since been engrossed and have now realised their dream to both roast coffee, and open their coffee shop.

And to finish - this is one of the few places in Kinross and surrounds that's open on a Sunday - for all the walkers, runners and cyclists out there!


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