As we all know the Monday to Friday 9-5 is a struggle, and I can honestly put my hands up and say that my week days are made better by these guys.
Cairngorm makes the kind of coffee you drink and it feels as though you are getting a big warm cuddle from the inside out.
Not only that but the staff are lovely, whenever I go into the Frederick Street branch they never fail to be welcoming. There’s a smile, a ‘how are you’ and just after my second time being there they had my coffee order down to a tee.
Frederick street and Melville place have the best decor, both have their own individual personality. Frederick street is rustic and the perfect place to curl up and read a book. Whereas Melville Place is simply modern with a beautiful twist and it’s open atmosphere invites you to join them with your laptop or to chat with friends.
You honestly couldn’t ask for better coffee, people or places.
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Describe Cairngorm Coffee Co. in three words
Attention to detail.
Why the name Cairngorm Coffee Co?
It was in the Cairngorms that I really got into coffee whilst working in my Dads coffee shop there. I suppose it made sense to reflect on that and the roots that my family have there.
Where do you see Cairngorm Coffee Co. in five years?
I’ve been thinking a lot about this recently; it’s only natural to think big but it’s scary to consider the pitfalls of character that small brands exude and are sacrificed as you grow in scale. I would love Cairngorm to be a real lifestyle brand with huge dedication to improving the coffee in Scotland.
What is the most popular item on your menu?
For coffee our Flat Whites, and food our Grilled Cheese with the Avocado Toast in close pursuit.
What is the least popular item on your menu? Why do you think that is?
We’ve had one or two sandwiches that have come and gone and we try not to hang on to any that really aren’t selling. A recent was our Blue Cheese, Bacon and Avocado which we thought was a real winner. I suspect the blue is love it or loathe it and wasn’t for everyone’s tastes!
If you had to eat anything in the world for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
I could eat cheese in steady stream if I wasn’t told off by my Mum and body. There is so much variety and I’ve had numerous incredible moments, just me and a block of brie. (had to swap grammar for rhyme.)
If you had to eat anywhere in Edinburgh for the rest of your life where would it be? (Apart from yourselves)
Most likely El Cartel. Their ribs are a current favourite and when the pork shoulder Taco is on special I’m there in a flash.
What is your biggest food vice?
Burgers. I was sad when Burger Meats Bun closed recently but there has been a slew of other great ones opening which are far too tempting, including Belted Burger which is just next to the cafe and a little too handy!
Favourite city for food other than Edinburgh?
Dublin without a shadow of a doubt. On a recent trip I went to F.X Buckley for Steak and it was so incredible that I had to book in for the next night too. On top of that they have Bunsen Burger & 3FE which are phenomenal.
Fill in the gaps : If I had to be food I would be ….. Because…
If I had to be food I would be cheddar because I’m cheesy.
If you are going out for a drink in Edinburgh where do you head?
Recently I’ve enjoyed Bon Vivant for their Half & Half (Half pint of Brooklyn IPA & Half of Dalmore 12), Hoot The Redeemer for a good selection of beers and the newly renovated Tonic for GnT’s.
You need a coffee, where is the first place in Edinburgh you think of? (Apart from yourselves)
Lowdown Coffee on George St because it’s close to our Frederick St shop and believe it or now it’s nice to take a break from working in a coffee shop by going to a different coffee shop for coffee. I suppose it kind of cleans the palate of the monotony of your own coffee that you are dialling in and tasting throughout the day.
The team are also big fans of Cult Espresso on Buccleuch St, Castello on Castle St and the gone but not forgotten Brew Lab West End & Obadiah in the Grassmarket.
What are your three favourite social media accounts to follow? (Can be any form of social media)
My girlfriend got me on to ‘@ApentheMountainPup’ on Instagram which is just epic, ‘Barista Hustle’ on Facebook which is a font of knowledge for all Baristas, and ‘@EdinburghCoffee’ on Twitter so I can keep up to date with what’s going on in Scotland’s coffee scene.
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