Cairngorm Coffee Co

Cairngorm Coffee Co
41a Frederick Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1EP
  • Opening times Mon–Fri 7.30am–5pm; Sat & Sun 9am–5pm.
  • Food served Mon–Fri 8am–5pm; Sat/Sun 9am–5pm.
  • Email
  • Website www.cairngormcoffee.com
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Independent coffee shop with passionate staff and inventive toastie combinations.

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Cairngorm Coffee Co’s original Frederick Street shop continues to stand strong within Edinburgh’s ever-expanding speciality coffee scene. The Highland bothy-inspired interior is cosy and quaint, with rustic touches like hessian coffee sacks draped above the seating area. Grilled cheese toasties feature alongside seasonal specials, for example December’s Christmas toasties brim with turkey, bacon, brie, cranberry jam, mustard and sage. Chocolate brownies sit proudly amongst creations such as gluten-free and vegan raw bars – sweet dense chocolate, orange and date slabs, studded with seeds and cacao nibs for crunch. Keeping abreast with coffee developments, Cairngorm is one of just a few UK establishments preparing espresso from frozen coffee shots. Carefully weighed beans are stored frozen in individual containers and ground to order; a laborious process which apparently results in a cleaner shot. This is an ideal pit stop for coffee lovers to escape Edinburgh’s busy city centre and refuel.

The List's rating
7.2

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Tara Klein visited Cairngorm Coffee Co on 3 December 2017
  • High point: Cosy, relaxed and friendly
  • Low point: Can be a squeeze at busy times
  • Notable dish: Spiced chickpea soup with sourdough
  • Average price: £7.50 (lunch)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Easy listening tunes
  • Capacity: 24 (12 outdoors)
  • Open since: 2014

Reviews & features

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21 May 2018

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