The Brew

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July 2018

Green coffee

With ethical bean sourcing and a quality-over-quantity approach, the speciality movement is leading the way when it comes to sustainability

Beyond the beans

With rents skyrocketing and rates heading the same way, coffee shop owners are finding creative ways to utilise their cafe space after hours

February 2018

The innovators

From frozen bean shots to slot roasting to hydraulic mobile espresso machines, speciality coffee continues its relentless pursuit of perfection through innovation. Here's what's new in the Scottish scene – and beyond

DIY coffee roasting

You’ve kitted out your kitchen with the latest brewing gear, nailed a killer Chemex recipe and sussed out the steam wand, but are you ready to roast beans at home? We roped in a few industry insiders to find out what it takes

Wild coffee

Grab an Edinburgh or Glasgow city map, stick a pin in at random, and if it doesn't land near a speciality coffee shop, consider yourself unlucky. But often overlooked is the growing crop of indies pushing quality coffee in the wilds. We spoke to three cafe owners about serving speciality in the sticks ...

January 2018

Stop. Collaborate and listen

In the pursuit of caffeine-spiked sponge, creamy coffee stout and bean-steeped gin, speciality roasters and bean alchemists are creatively collaborating with other artisan businesses. We explore some of the indie outfits fuelling our unconventional caffeine kicks

Thirst aid

Ensuring coffee farmers receive a fair wage, supporting charities at origin and raising money for local communities - throughout the speciality scene, organisations are going the extra mile to help others. We met some of

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Bean scene

From espresso fuelled basement gigs to latte art smackdowns in the back room, Scotland’s thriving underground speciality scene is gaining serious momentum

February 2017

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October 2016

Coffee on tap

The brewing trend that's making waves across the pond, nitro's turned up at a select handful of British festivals, bars and cafes this year

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School of milk

Getting the milk right is almost as much an art as making the coffee itself. Alex Passmore of Origin Coffee gives a masterclass

One for the road

Bike and brews go hand in hand, so we sent cycling geek Marcus Chapman and Crankhouse Coffee's Dave Stanton to try out the latest in 'anytime, anywhere' coffee maker, the Cafflano