I always get super excited when I discover a new place in Edinburgh that makes great coffee. You see, I have a coffee addiction that can only be quenched by great coffee from a cool cafe with character. I'd heard on the grapevine that Fortitude Coffee Merchants was something special, and it was third time lucky for me when I finally got to taste their coffee. The first time I went to visit they were closed, and the second time they were closed again for staff training. I was beginning to think the brilliance of Fortitude Coffee would remain elusive to me, until recently when I finally got my fix.
Fortitude Coffee Merchants is located on York Place, surrounded by beautiful Georgian buildings and close by to the National Portrait Gallery. The venue is quaint on the inside (aka small), but I like cafe's like that- it allows it to have more character and is less hectic. They have a wall of coffee beans and accessories, a small alcove where they brew your coffee, and a table of sweet treats.
So what's the coffee like? In one word: smooth. For fellow coffee addicts, you'll know exactly what I mean by this. Some coffees have a bitter taste, or get ruined by burnt milk, but some coffees made by a true barista have a smooth texture that make them a pure joy to drink. My coffee from Fortitude was one of these coffees and I have no hesitation whatsoever in saying it is one of the best coffee's I've had in Edinburgh.
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