Café Love: Artisan Roast

I did it! I finally took some pictures of the best place in Edinburgh to get a cup of coffee (says the girl who doesn’t drink coffee).

So I’m no expert, but Will’s favorite coffee in Edinburgh is Artisan Roast. Hands down. It’s the highlight of his week when he buys his beans. They’ve had a bit of a reputation for being a serious place for coffee—maybe too serious… But they’ve been re-vamping their style. Before it was a bit too hipster, if you know what I mean. Like, there were burlap sacks decorating the walls—which you can still see in their back room—but it’s toned it down some. It’s much more welcoming to us normal folk. ;) There’s a location in Broughton, but usually we go to Bruntsfield. For us it has a neighborhood feel and is a great place to meet up with a friend over a really good cup of coffee.

Both shops are pretty cozy, but they have an open-plan vibe for more space, and you can watch the baristas at work. And if you’re lucky, or if Cambell’s working, you can get a lesson on how they brew your coffee just right.

Another cool thing about Artisan Roast is that they care about sustainability and creating long-term relationships with farmers. Their beans are fair-trade, organic, and/or part of the Rainorest Alliance certification scheme. Everything’s appropriate for the season and fresh throughout the year. Or that’s at least what Will tells me. ;)

138 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH10 4ER

57 Broughton St, Edinburgh EH1 3RJ

Café Love: The Chocolate Tree

For chocolate lovers in Edinburgh, or visiting Edinburgh, you have got to visit The Chocolate Tree! It’s such a wonderful cafe AND a wonderful company! The Chocolate Tree not only provides locally made Scottish chocolate but also strives to “better the lives of the farmers and promoting biodiversity” (their words).

I’ve been here a handful of times and just love to indulge. It’s one of those places where you have to. It’s hard to pick between any of their hot cocoas, gelato, macarons, cakes, truffles, and of course, their chocolates. Good luck trying.

I love their white chocolate hot cocoa and Aya and I couldn’t resist trying some of their macarons.

I first discovered The Chocolate Tree a couple of years ago at one of the weekend markets. Will and I bought some chocolate from them to bring back home to our families… which, I’m pretty sure we’re gonna do again. If there’s something the UK does right, it’s chocolate… and sweets in general really.

So, if your’e looking for a little chocolate indulgence, you’ve gotta hit up The Chocolate Tree.

You’re welcome.