4 indie coffee roasters in Edinburgh to try in 2017

The Scottish Indy Coffee Guide team have picked out four of the best Edinburgh Coffee Roasters to look out for this year.

Published 6th Apr 2017
Updated 6 th Apr 2017

2017 will be the year of going local and with artisan breads, bakes and beer so readily available across city, there's a good chance you are already buying from small, local producers.

So, why should your ethical efforts stop when it comes to your daily caffeine fix?

Check out these excellent Edinburgh coffee roasters courtesy of the pros at the Scottish Indy Coffee Guide …

Fortitude Coffee Roasters

(3C York Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EB)

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After three years’ experience running Fortitude Coffee on York Place, Matt Carroll and business partner Helen Coburn are ready to embrace the next step in their coffee journey: roasting at their bespoke unit in the city.

Matt and Helen focus on small batches of single origin coffee at their micro roastery by the Firth.

Matt said: "We work with a small number of high quality green bean suppliers when sourcing our coffee and are proud to provide complete traceability from farm to cup."

Williams and Johnson Coffee Co.

(67 Commercial St, 6LH, Customs Wharf, Edinburgh EH6 6PL)

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Tucked away in a former biscuit factory in Leith, Todd Johnson and Zachary Williams are focused less on bourbon biscuits and more on bourbon coffee beans as they build their burgeoning speciality roasting business.

Caffeine fiends can taste the pair’s latest roasts as espresso or filter at the flagship cafe on Custom Lane, where a drool-worthy line-up of doughnuts, bakes and locally sourced sarnies keep the coffee offering company.

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Mr Eion Coffee Roaster

(Dean Park St, Edinburgh EH4 1JN)

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The grown up equivalent of a sweetie shop, Eion Henderson’s (that’s Mr Eion to you) roastery-come-bean- store in Edinburgh’s Stockbridge area is bursting with such a wide variety of freshly roasted beans that it’s more appealing than any pick ‘n’ mix.

And while roasting is going on right in the shop on Big Blue, the 5kg Diedrich roaster, customers are almost constantly popping in for a coffee bean top up and a bit of chat with Eion and his colleagues Meave, Scott and Cameron.

Artisan Roast Coffee Roasters

(57 Broughton St, Edinburgh EH1 3RJ - 138 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh EH10 4ER - 100A Raeburn Pl, Edinburgh EH4 1HH)

Artisan Roast’s entrepreneurs Gustavo Pardo (the Chilean with a head for business) and Michael Wilson (the Kiwi who knows his beans) can be hailed as two of the great founding fathers of speciality coffee in Scotland.

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Since setting up Scotland’s first speciality roastery and cafe in 2007, accolades have been rolling in for their contribution to the scene, with numerous awards and praise in national newspapers and magazines.

• Find more speciality coffee inspiration in the second edition of the Scottish Independent Coffee Guide

Independent Scottish coffee shops to look out for in 2017


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