Union Brew Lab unveils its new immersive coffee boutique in Edinburgh’s Old Town

A top Scottish speciality coffee company has opened an exciting new dedicated coffee boutique in Edinburgh's Old Town.

Published 13th Nov 2019
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

Leading coffee experts Union Brew Lab, who first opened in the capital in 2012, say the new outlet will offer everything needed for brewing at home, including the latest kit, coffee beans by weight, tips and tricks from the dedicated team and bespoke brewing workshops.

With the rising consumer interest in brewing coffee at home continues to rise - the ground and whole bean retail coffee market has experienced a five per cent increase in recent years - the team say the new concept store aims to bridge the gap between coffee drinkers and coffee makers.

Union Brew Lab Edinburgh boutique

Picture: UBL

Located in Edinburgh’s Old Town, the new space will offer an extensive range of brewing kits and sold-by-weight fresh coffee from Union Hand-Roasted Coffee, with customers are encouraged to bring their own containers to help reduce waste and  receive a 10 per cent discount.

The curated coffee shop and retail space will also offer experience packages through its Training Lab - a range of workshops for coffee enthusiasts of all levels of experience. Courses include ‘An Intro to Speciality Coffee’, ‘At Home Brewing’ and ‘Latte Art’.

Union Brew Lab Edinburgh boutique

The bespoke store will offer everything coffee lovers need to get the best out of brewing at home. Picture: UBL

As part of launch week, Union Brew Lab will be offering a free drink to customers with any Fresh Coffee or reusable coffee cup purchase for the duration of November.

Tom Hyde, co-founder of Union Brew Lab, said: “Our new immersive retail space has allowed us to realise our ambition of breaking down the barrier between barista and customer and make learning about coffee more accessible to everyone.

“We’re now able to showcase and share our knowledge with customers so they can get the best out of their home coffee brewing. It has also helped us take an important step forward in creating a more sustainable company by enabling customers to buy fresh coffee by weight in their own containers.”

• READ MORE: Interview: Dave Law and Tom Hyde, owners of Brew Lab Coffee, Edinburgh

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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