Tuesday 14 July 2020

Brew'd Speciality Coffee Bar

4 Spittal Street
Open everyday
Espresso, drip filter, batch brew
Coffee: The Source Coffee
Also: Shubui teas and baking
Coolness: Authentic antipodean coffee know how in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle

Review and photo by Charlie Ellis & Eva Vaporidis

Opening a new coffee shop during a global pandemic is a sign of optimism. Brew'd is an excellent new arrival in Edinburgh's speciality coffee scene and will hopefully thrive despite the circumstances of its birth.

Enthusiastic owner/ manager Andrew Cohen brings his experience of running a cafe in his native Sydney to Edinburgh. 'I always wanted to get back into coffee..and after 6 years here in Edinburgh I thought that now was the right time...not knowing a pandemic was about to arrive!'. But 'we've been ticking over quite nicely which is all we could hope for in the circumstances...most importantly it's been really good fun'.

After securing the lease in February (it was a  small newsagent beforehand), Brew'd  opened on the 18th June. They have been attracting a steady flow of customers to the shop since then and selling beans online and to their wholesale clients.

As the Source Coffee Company they roast on site (at least three times a week) as well as sourcing beans from other roasters. Source Coffee also offer training for beginner and intermediate baristas.

When we visited they were offering two fine  espresso options on their Kees van der Westen machine; a citrusy Colombia Las Mercedes and and a Ugandan Kisinga from Omwani Coffee. The Ugandan was satisfyingly smooth and chocolatey and beautifully made.

Running as a takeaway during this period, they are installing stool seating for when sitting in is possible. Along with vinyl specialists Assai Records over the road, Gooseneck Coffee and the secondhand bookshops of West Port, Brew'd is a welcome addition to an increasingly interesting quarter of the city.

More: The Source Coffee

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