- Telephone 07590 590667
- Opening times Mon–Fri 8am–7:30pm; Sat/Sun & bank holidays 10am–6:30pm
- Food served Mon–Thu 8am–7pm; Fri 8am–6pm; Sat/Sun 10am–6pm.
- Average price £4.50 (coffee and cake)
- Website www.artisanroast.co.uk
This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
Originally a bean company, Artisan Roast started brewing in 2007 and has not looked back, now with venues in Edinburgh’s Broughton and Bruntsfield districts. With a shabby chic décor that would not be out of place in San Francisco or Seattle, the barista owns the main space, greeting and taking orders as customers appear, passing advice and talking shop with the coffee cognoscenti. This is coffee central – and they pay more than fair trade prices for their beans. No frills, no fuss, no overpriced Danish pastries. No savoury food either, unlike the Bruntsfield branch. This is a place to meet rather than stare at your laptop. Exclusive single-batch beans are available if you want something different from their deep rich espresso blend, and teas and flavoured chocolates are also on hand if your taste buds are coffeed out.
- High point: Great coffee and knowledgable staff
- Low point: Cakes run out early
With roastings around three times weekly, at Artisan Roast beans are rarely older than four days. Buying from quality growers and paying more than the Fairtrade base rate, their beans come from estates, co-operatives or collectives from Africa, Asia and America. Originally a supplier of beans who gave out tasting samples, such was the coffee's popularity they started selling it by the cup. They continue to do so two years later and a Glasgow branch has opened on Gibson Street with snacks to go along with your brew.
- Private dining: Up to 15 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Outdoor tables, Live music
- Music on stereo: Modern funk
- Capacity: 30
- Largest group: 15
- Open since: 2007
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