- Telephone 07590 590667
- Opening times Mon–Fri 8am–7:30pm; Sat/Sun & bank holidays 10am–6:30pm
- Seasonal times (Check their website for changes)
- Food served Mon–Thu 8am–7.30pm; Fri 8am–6.30pm; Sat/Sun 9–6.30pm
- Average price £6 (lunch)
- Website www.artisanroast.co.uk
Eight years ago, a dark, aromatic café on Broughton Street joined the crème de la crème of Edinburgh’s coffee drinking renaissance. Since then, Gustavo Pardo’s Artisan Roast has seeded two more espresso-sized cafes, in Bruntsfield in 2012, and early in 2015 Stockbridge’s Raeburn Place, mixing with the fragrance of a flower shop. The empire spreads to a tasting ‘lab’ in Canonmills and a roastery in Prestonfield, which together blend and package beans to serve and sell in their cafes, harvested freshly in seasonal batches from plantations around the world – it all has the feel of a finely honed marketing spiel. Artisan Roast’s baristas, and loyal aficionados, will pride themselves on knowing each coffee’s taste, aroma and crema artwork, and success has indeed come to Artisan with many awards. But the befuddled customer can still enjoy a pretty good cup of coffee and a chat amid the earthy, gap-year décor of hessian sacks, even if you don’t take it all as seriously as they do. If you’re hungry, there’s soup and single plate of pastries, and if you don’t like coffee, there’s Eteaket tea, plus hot chocolate spiced with Aztec chilli or rose and black pepper.
- High point: Great coffee
- Low point: Opening times seem as fluid as the coffee
- Notable dish: Every kind of coffee you've ever heard of, and more.
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: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables
- Capacity: 25 in each cafe
- Largest group: 15
- Open since: 2007
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