A few weeks back, I attended the first ever Edinburgh Coffee Festival. Whilst it was mostly full of coffee blenders promoting their speciality roasts or showing off their sophisticated machinery, one stall there belonged to Burr & Co., a coffee shop in Edinburgh that was on the countdown to its launch; nothing excited me more than the thought of getting to be on scene for the birth of a new café. So, I paid them a visit within a week of its opening.
Situated amongst the grandeur of George Street, Burr & Co. opened on the 19th of October 2015. The café is a part of The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen, a high-end restaurant situated right next to the coffee shop.
All the usual coffee drinks are available at fantastic prices, especially considering the establishment is located in the city centre. For example a large cappuccino costs £2.65, and a filter coffee is £2.15 for the same size. There are also rich hot chocolates for those that are looking for something other than coffee.
Enjoy a coffee and some sweet delicacies after your lectures.
But Burr & Co. is about more than just coffee; they also have a tempting display of a range of nibbles including both sweet and savoury muffins, flapjacks, apple crumble tarts and passion-fruit macaroons the size of a saucer. For something a bit more filling, there’s also healthy salad boxes, club sandwiches and various breads/quiches/tarts depending on the day, all of which are made freshly every day in the kitchens at The Printing Press.
Needless to say, I devoured this apple crumble tart.
What I really loved about Burr & Co. was the atmosphere of an authentic, quaint coffee shop. Unlike the countless Starbucks scattered around the city, the customers here aren’t just in search of a plug socket and free Wi-Fi, this is a spot for people who want the café experience; a catch-up with friends, a flick through a newspaper and something scrumptious to break from the hustle and bustle of life.
Featured images: Saskia Peach