A short list of espresso spots in Edinburgh

When I lived in Edinburgh ‘99-’03, the choice of good espresso spots was a lot more limited: Gran Cafe, Elephant House and maybe one or two more.

Now there’s a panoply to choose from:

The Milkman – next to the station
Toddle In, 7 Cockburn St, Edinburgh EH1 1BP

Brew Lab Coffee – near the Old College
6-8 S College St, Edinburgh EH8 9AA

Machina Espresso – just down the road from Brew Lab
80 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9EW

Artisan Roast – on the edge of New Town
57 Broughton St, Edinburgh EH1 3RJ

Dovecot Cafe by Leo’s – nice gallery here
Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary St, Edinburgh

Cult Espresso
104 Buccleuch St
Edinburgh EH8 9NG

Find even more here…

Book cover: Scottish Independent Coffee Guide No2

Eight spots near #IABC17

Filter Coffeehouse & Espresso Bar – just a short walk from the venue
1916 I St NW, Washington, D.C.

Keren – Excellent Ethiopian restaurant
1780 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe – buy all the books, skip the cafe, head for the bar
1517 Connecticut Ave NW (at Q St NW), Washington, D.C.

Columbia Station – Nearest jazz bar… 
2325 18th St NW (Belmont), Washington, D.C.
Jazz Club · Adams Morgan · 14 tips and reviews

Tryst – ’No corporate coffee, no matching silverware
2459 18th St NW (btwn Columbia Rd & Belmont Rd NW), Washington, D.C.

Le Diplomate – Look after your international relations & foreign affairs
1601 14th St NW (at Q St NW) Washington, D.C.

Left Door – Upstairs speakeasy
1345 S St NW (at 14th St NW), Washington, D.C.

Birds 1 Stone – Downstairs… 
1800 14th St NW (at S St NW), Washington, D.C.

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P.S. In case you’re too busy for any of the above – and need to get some work done, then here’s a list of worthwhile co-working spaces (some distance away):


You can of course also sit with the yuppies at WeWork – there’s one of those across the street from the Hilton.

Five things to do in NYC

1) Explore the East Village / Bowery etc.

– have a look at the Cooper Union – interesting architecture
– stop at The Bowery for fireside drinks
– and Death & Co for speakeasy cocktails
– and Backroom is on my list for when I’m next in town – and there are plenty more. A bit further south near Wall Street there’s Dead Rabbit which is also fun – and should have $1 oysters at happy hour.

2) Hang with the Hipsters

Coffee, oysters etc. in and around the ACE hotel 20W 29th St
– have cocktails in the lounge
– oysters at The John Dory
– and Stumptown Coffee is also nearby

3) Browse some great bookshops

Bluestockings is at the activist end of the scale – https://goo.gl/maps/A6759znbc5D2
Housing Works – https://goo.gl/maps/V4PW4TQ4ksm
McNally Jackson – https://goo.gl/maps/r1cVdYqC7xq

4) Grand Central Station grandeur

– For the architecture… and arguably the food, although, just hopping to Copenhagen might be easier in some ways… but as you’re going to NYC anyway.

5) Jazz

Smalls on 183 West 10th Street is wonderful.

P.S. And don’t forget the Staten Island Ferry! http://www.siferry.com/
P.P.S. Some additional espresso stops here if you need.

Suspended espresso in Christchurch

There’s much good coffee to be had in New Zealand. I only made a brief stop in Christchurch so the lists of places that ‘got away’ is longer than the list of those visited. Always nice to have something stored up for next time.

And on that note – whilst it is in a different sense stored up – this was also the first place I’ve come across that actively advertises the opportunity to ‘suspend an espresso’: A mouse called bean – incidentally, excellent espresso.


A short list of worthwhile spots in Denver

Excellent espresso


Huckleberry – two roasts on choice – excellent service with either
4301 Pecos St
Denver CO 80211

Novo – more top-notch espresso and service 
1600 Glenarm Place
Denver CO 80202

Crema Coffeehouse – if you don’t mind the queue
2862 Larimer Street
Denver CO 80205

Carefully crafted ales

Station 26 – ‘for you for all ‘ – in a nice old fire station 
7045 E 38th Ave
Denver CO 80207

3719 Walnut Street
Denver CO 80205

Wynkoop – lively place, good selection
1634 18th Street
Denver, CO 80202

The Terminal Bar
Union Station
1701 Wynkoop Strett
Denver CO 80202

Four places in Prague worth a visit


EMA espresso bar – top tier espresso
Na Florenci 1420/3
110 00 Praha 1

ART&FOOD – live music and lovely atmosphere
Had Plaská 617/4
150 00 Praha 5

Hemingway Bar – nice little speakeasy
Karoliny Světlé 26
110 00 Praha 1

…but you might of course have come for the beer – can’t blame you. The Czech have a lot to answer for on that front. Here’s a brewery tap:

U Medvídků
Na Perštýně 345/7
110 01 Praha 1

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Three unexpected espresso stops in Frankfurt


Kaffeerösterei Stern Wissmüller – roasting since ‘48 – and a nice backyard to sit and enjoy in
Leipziger Str. 39
60487 Frankfurt am Main

Augenblick Kaffee & Co – excellent espresso – and fried egg sandwiches
Mainzer Landstraße 65
60329 Frankfurt am Main

Klein und Main – nice spot to watch the world go by 
Moselstraße 10
60329 Frankfurt

…and a few further culinary stops:

Café Hauptwache – if you are going to have a Frankfurter then why not here
An der Hauptwache 15
60313 Frankfurt am Main

moriki – good spot to sit on the terrace – and have some miso
Taunusanlage 12
60325 Frankfurt am Main

da Cimino – a decent wood-fired pizza at a fair price (cash only)
Adalbertstraße 29
60486 Frankfurt am Main

A short list of espresso spots near #IABC15

Blue Bottle Coffee – these folk are of the reliable kind
66 Mint Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94103

Elite Audio Systems & Coffee – dual purpose outfit, but why not?
893 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94107

Special Xtra – Blue Bottle Coffee Retailer – Mon-Fri hole in the wall 
46 Minna St
San Francisco, CA 94108

Enjoy. If you’re looking for something a bit further afield, check out this longer list from earlier.

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