Union Brew Lab

Union Brew Lab

Coffee Shop££££
Newington, Edinburgh
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    Malcolm C.
    "Absolutely the best brewed coffee in Edinburgh."(10 Tips)
    Ian D.
    "The V60 makes an amazing long black and well worth a try."(5 Tips)
    Mark S.
    "The pour over coffee is excellent!"(6 Tips)
    Kseniya P.
    "They make amazing flat whites, and lunch bites are always good!"(15 Tips)
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  • coffee
  • trendy
  • espresso drinks
  • casual
  • cake
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  • Nmheart icon on user image
    NmMay 10, 2018
    Best speciality coffee in Edinburgh .. They have a training lab & you can book classes thru their website .. Very reasonable prices ..
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CafourekNovember 13, 2013
    Great coffee and plenty of tables. WiFi is automatically disabled from 11:45am-2:00pm each day to make room for the lunch crowd.
  • Y K.heart icon on user image
    Y KimAugust 26, 2015
    The best coffee/tea place in Edinburgh for me. Good location, friendly staff and a plenty of tables. Free wifi.
  • Daren W.heart icon on user image
    Daren WilliamsAugust 24, 2018
    The best coffee shop in Edinburgh - excellent third wave coffee, sweet snacks (peanut butter cup was delicious not too sweet), sandwiches and plenty of seating
  • Yiannis K.heart icon on user image
    Yiannis KonstantonisJanuary 5, 2018
    Great coffee totally deserves the 9+ rating. Good chill music, great space for reading/working. Retro industrial look with a great vibe.
  • Cenk G.heart icon on user image
    Cenk GümüşcüoğluSeptember 27, 2014
    A very cool third wave coffee shop with an interesting "raw" architecture. It's located a few hundred meters out of the main axis, but it's worth walking there.
  • Laylaheart icon on user image
    LaylaOctober 19, 2017
    Coffee is really unique, love how they provide descriptions of the different coffees they provide. A bit expensive but if you’re looking for the best coffee in Edinburgh, you’re at the right place.
  • Diana V.
    Diana VarbanescuAugust 22, 2014
    Taking coffee seriously, definitely worth the walk here - great coffee, fresh almond croissants and crusty bread sandwiches. We'll come back to try their flat white!
  • Nicholas H.heart icon on user image
    Nicholas HallJune 26, 2015
    To say this place is good would be an understatement this is coffee culture like you've never seen before! Highly recommend, don't go without a laptop or you will look like the odd one out!
  • James S.heart icon on user image
    James StewartJuly 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Always a favourite stop when in Edinburgh. The brioche was very good, as were both filter coffees (Ethiopian and Kenyan). Kenyan in particular was very well prepared.
  • Malcolm C.heart icon on user image
    Malcolm CampbellSeptember 29, 2015
    Absolutely the best brewed coffee in Edinburgh. Ignore the espresso machine - its good, but not what they specialise in. Get a V60, or another brewed coffee.
  • Kseniya P.heart icon on user image
    Kseniya PraksinaNovember 28, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    My favourite coffee place in Edinburgh: trendy place, good music, nice place to work as well. They make amazing flat whites, and lunch bites are always good!
  • moko a.heart icon on user image
    moko anggoroJuly 6, 2016
    I always love spending my time here drinking coffee while watching students (like myself) working on their assignment/dissertation. Great place to meet friends and chat also!
  • Chris R.
    Chris RksMay 30, 2015
    Great decor café in a very relaxing environment...Bring your book or tablet and enjoy with good music at the background...
  • Kenny T.heart icon on user image
    Kenny ToalApril 26, 2019
    Cozy, friendly atmosphere. A bit more expensive than your Costas or Starbucks but not enough to stop you visiting. Popular place with students and the wifi was very good.
  • Ruari C.heart icon on user image
    Ruari CathmoirSeptember 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    So, you really need to try the Siphon coffee - not only does it taste smooth, dark, delicious (and pack a caffeinated punch), but it's like watching a chemistry experiment. Brew Lab deserves its name.
  • Peter B.heart icon on user image
    Peter BrickMay 14, 2016
    Beautiful smashed avo and feta on toast with chilli, very fresh! Had a selection of papers to read and very friendly staff. But the espresso and flat white coffee was very average unfortunately.
  • Richard W.heart icon on user image
    Richard WigginsAugust 5, 2015
    LOVE IT! Amazing coffee, vibe and music. Free wifi and lot's of space to hang out or work.
  • Abel S.heart icon on user image
    Abel SilvaJune 8, 2016
    Unexpected originality, brunch-shaped. That extra chili topping the toast creates amazing contrast between avocados and feta. 🙌
  • Darren M.heart icon on user image
    Darren MurphyFebruary 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The coffee here really is the fuel of the gods. My original coffee haunt in edn, take your time and sit by the window with their awesome flat whites.
  • Nic
    NicJuly 14, 2013
    The best coffee in Edinburgh after trying 4 other places that boasted to have the "best coffee in Edinburgh".
  • Richi M.heart icon on user image
    Richi MohantyMarch 12, 2017
    If anything could make the morning in Edinburgh better, it has to be the Avocado and feta toast and freshly brewed coffee at this place...
  • Petros A.heart icon on user image
    Petros ASeptember 19, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    If you're looking for good coffee, something to bite and nice cake in an industrial setting, that's the place!
  • Ibrahim M.heart icon on user image
    Ibrahim MADecember 22, 2014
    A fine place for good coffee. It has very nice vibe and cozy areas. The place is always packed!
  • Shamsa A.heart icon on user image
    Shamsa AbdulrahmanJanuary 6, 2016
    Really nice place to work or study or even ppl watch😅 .. flat white was good but I've had better. The caramel brownie was too sweet, not bad but too sweet
  • Natalie N.heart icon on user image
    Natalie NosenkoJanuary 18, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The best coffeeshop of Edinburgh. Don't miss out their Flat White and Americano. A perfect space to study or work too.
  • Lainie
    LainieAugust 13, 2013
    Jetlag means i'm drinking coffee all day throughout the festival. This was my first decent cup of coffee in Edinburgh, well balanced and correct temperature. Very happy.
  • Negin M.heart icon on user image
    Negin MJune 25, 2013
    Great Filter coffee and quirky design. Soups are from UnionOfGenius and cakes are from Lovecrumbs so for a wider choice of soups/cakes you can check out these other places.
  • Tyler C.heart icon on user image
    Tyler ChartierApril 25, 2015
    Friendly service, big tables, free wifi (not from 11:45-14:00) and best coffee in Edinburgh!
  • Jess P.heart icon on user image
    Jess ParkerAugust 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place outside of the hustle and bustle to have a coffee and a cake (or a sandwich too). Plenty of seating.
  • Elizabethheart icon on user image
    ElizabethAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great coffee and very interesting food choices depending on the day. Very popular to students. One of my favourite cafes in town.
  • Kwun Tsun C.heart icon on user image
    Kwun Tsun ChanSeptember 21, 2014
    They make single origin espresso drinks. Beans change from time to time. Excellent barista skills and an impressive Slayer machine!
  • Paige J.heart icon on user image
    Paige JosephineJuly 6, 2019
    It was very cool and had an amazing vibe. When I went it was very busy and every seat was filled. The sandwich was pretty good.
  • Mehrdad M.heart icon on user image
    Mehrdad MizaniMay 20, 2016
    Delicious coffee, great atmosphere, good for studying and working while sipping coffee
  • Fatima A.heart icon on user image
    Fatima Al HashimiJuly 5, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Great coffee.. excellent vibes.. timings vary so check before you go, but generally they open till late.
  • Rick A.heart icon on user image
    Rick A.February 24, 2017
    Top notch coffee. Good atmosphere with brick walls, hipster music and macbook workers.
  • Kate D.heart icon on user image
    Kate DaviesAugust 20, 2016
    Really good coffee, food and atmosphere. The avocado feta and chilli is amazing!
  • Alexander P.heart icon on user image
    Alexander PalmerJanuary 11, 2015
    Fantastic coffee and cake. Hipster hangout for all. If you are a coffee fan, this is a must in Edinburgh
  • Maria M.heart icon on user image
    It’s definitely one of the greatest coffee places in Edinburgh! Loved the coffee and the atmosphere there !
  • Teo S.heart icon on user image
    Teo SartoriMay 8, 2017
    Coffee was good (especially the pour over) but the place was a bit on the dingy side of the New York style (exposed brick, reclaimed wood & furniture).
  • Natalie N.heart icon on user image
    Natalie NosenkoMarch 29, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    A flat white or a long black is a must here. Tastes a little bit sour but this is what makes it beautiful
  • Kostas K.heart icon on user image
    Kostas KoukoravasOctober 25, 2015
    Has bean coffee, great selection of blends, single origins and brew methods. Great guys and lovely environment.
  • David M.heart icon on user image
    David McNeillMarch 29, 2015
    Great atmosphere and awesome selection of coffees and cakes. The staff are great at offering advice on what to sample
  • Ben R.heart icon on user image
    Ben RobraJuly 31, 2016
    Great coffee. And good sandwiches. The atmosphere and setting is very nice. Filter coffee is really good.
  • Li Z.
    Li ZhangApril 17, 2014
    Having a flat white here. Tastes a bit sour and the foam is not creamy, I like it very much!
  • Guillermo B.heart icon on user image
    Guillermo BxMay 4, 2019
    one of the bests Flat Whites I’ve ever had, and the place is nice to work with your notebook!
  • Salwa
    SalwaAugust 24, 2016
    Nice place, the sweets are amazing, but their latte isn't as good.
  • Stratos F.heart icon on user image
    Stratos FilalithisJanuary 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The inner room offers a great place to work on your laptop (plugs near every seat and tables to have your coffee as well)
  • Danka K.
    Danka KellerováJanuary 11, 2015
    The best coffee in Edinburgh! Tasty pastry and croissants. Can be pretty crammed during lunch though.
  • Amália S.heart icon on user image
    Amália SouzaAugust 25, 2017
    I come here everytime I am in Edimburgh! Great coffee, great people
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