Edinburgh Festivals 2014: the best coffee shops and cafes

This article is from 2014

Edinburgh Festivals 2014: the best coffee shops and cafes

You'll need a fair caffeine boost to get through the Fringe - here are the best places for it

Edinburgh is frothing over with independently owned coffee houses and cafés, all brimming with personality and fiercely passionate about ethical sourcing and careful preparation. Ian Hogg picks out some of the best places for a mid-fest caffeine hit

● Pioneering nurturers of the city’s coffee culture, Artisan Roast lead the charge with two perfectly formed outlets and a reputation as the city’s finest purveyors.

● All together more stripped-back and urban, popular student haunt Brew Lab serves up a range of rotating single-origin brews and ‘Has Bean’ coffee blends.

Castello Coffee showcases New Zealand’s Allpress espresso with expertly roasted seasonal beans and a smattering of popular sunny-aspect outdoor tables.

● Self-confessed coffee geeks Machina Espresso chat happily about the bean grinders and brewing equipment that adorn their clean-lined café walls. Try and squeeze in their standout lemon polenta and thyme cake, washed down with delicious offerings from Glasgow’s Dear Green and North Berwick roasters Steampunk.

● Family-run Caffe Espresso offers a couple of sought-after window seats behind a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shopfront, with reviving lattes encouraging a meander up and down the Royal Mile’s free street theatre.

● A new arrival in summer 2014, Filament promises more than just another coffee bar in what’s a fast changing, caffeine-fuelled scene. As well as a weekly changing rota of single-farm coffee blends, there’s also a packed schedule of events such as craft beer nights, DJ sets, live music and street food.