6-8 South College Street | Edinburgh EH8 9AA
Phone: 0131 662 8963
Brew Lab coffee shop is perhaps best known for its outrageous range of equipment. More chemistry lab than traditional coffee shack, it boasts a selection of innovative brewing techniques in their quest to make the best coffee going. There are two rotating single origin coffees every day, and their state-of-the-art coffee machine – AKA 'The Slayer' – is responsible for their daily custom espresso blend. Food is no less shabby with local artisan produce from the likes of Le Petit Francais, Lovecrumbs, and Union of Genius (aka they of the amazing soups).
They reward regulars beyond the now-expected free coffee with every 10th stamp. After the standard loyalty card there's a whopping further four tiers – tin, copper, silver and gold – enticing you with promises of birthday treats, special offers and exclusive invites to tastings.
Brew Lab also ended up victorious in our annual Food and Drink Survey in 2014. Every year we give you, the readers a chance to vote on your all time favourite restaurants, bars and cafes in your local area. Brew Lab was voted one of the best cafes of 2014, along with the likes of Hula and Lovecrumbs. If you're keen to read a little more about the best places to grab a coffee or a slice of something tasty, check out our feature on the best cafes in Scotland. Or, if you're looking to be a bit more comprehensive, check out our full winners' lists from the 2014 survey and the 2015 survey.