Bean geeks, brew freaks and the simply curious assemble as the first ever Scottish Independent Coffee Guide is launched

The highest profile names on the Scottish coffee scene have come together to celebrate the speciality coffee hype that’s spreading like wildfire across the country.

The Indy Coffee Guide has been shouting about the lip-smacking speciality coffee that can be found in the South West and North of England over the last year. And now, as of February 23, there’s also a guide that covers the speciality boom brewing in Scotland.

The first ever book of its kind for the region, The Scottish Indy Coffee Guide will be launching at South Block in Glasgow on February 23. You’re invited to be part of what’s set to be a ruddy good party with street food, craft beer, DJs, a latte art throwdown, and of course stunning coffee.

The Scottish Independent Coffee Guide includes reviews of 44 top coffee shops in Scotland (plus 27 “More Good Cups” listings), which have been chosen to be in the guide by a committee of Scottish coffee experts, based on quality of coffee served, expertise, and the use of the highest quality beans.

The coffee shop reviews include information on different brew types, beans, grinders and equipment, and in addition, the guide showcases 11 top local artisan roasters (with 7 “More Good Roasters” added in for good measure), has funky maps, awesome photography – much of which is taken by North Berwick based photographer Gavin Smart, a lowdown on Glasgow coffee fest and a collection of features to bury your nose in.

The UK’s top barista, Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood says: “The guide represents the emergence of ‘coffee tourism’. After all, guidebooks have led people to new and exciting realms for centuries.”

The highly respected coffee connoisseurs heading up the Scottish editorial committee include Lisa Lawson of Dear Green Coffee Roasters in Glasgow, Dave Law, co-owner of Brew Lab coffee shop and training lab in Edinburgh, coffee consultant John Thompson of Coffee Nexus in Edinburgh and Salt Media publisher Nick Cooper.

Editor of the guide, Jo Rees says: “There’s loads of coffee in Scotland – some of it incredible, some not so good, but with your Indy Coffee Guide in your back pocket, you can be confident that you won’t waste your precious and limited caffeine intake on anything but the very best speciality coffee. It’s your starting point for some brilliant coffee adventures.”

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