Posted in Kafevend Blog
It's merely a matter of
weeks before the people of Scotland go to the polls to vote in the
Scottish independence referendum. No matter which way the result goes
Scotland will continue to draw tourists from around the world,
enthusiastic to revel in its stunning scenery. Aside from the glens
though, there's a thriving city culture and no sooner has Glasgow
finished hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games, than Edinburgh is
already off the starting blocks with its International Festival and
Festival Fringe, not to mention the Royal Military Tattoo.
If you're off up to
Edinburgh this August, you'll surely need plenty of tea and coffee
breaks to keep you buzzing all day long,
and if you're not planning to make that trip perhaps our hot tea tips
will provide the extra incentive
you need to get on up there and have a good time!
Permit us a momentary
digression however, as we feel bound to give a mention to Scotland's
number one drink and no, we're
not talking whisky! Scotland has long been synonymous with the
brightly coloured fizzy drink 'Irn-Bru'. First produced in 1901 under
the name 'Iron Brew', it was following a fallow period during World
War 2 that it was relaunched as the phonetic 'Irn-Bru'. And you can
put thoughts of plain old vanilla ice cream cones out of your head
too; earlier this year the Irn-Bru ice cream lolly made its debut.
Scotland's famous fizzy orange brew also provides a handy link to our
first tasty tea tip, a strange brew indeed!
'The Strange Brew Tea
Company' is the family run Edinburgh business of Jim and Kirsty
Strange. The pair take their environmental responsibilities very
seriously, using a bio-fuel water boiler and vending their wares
around the city from none other than a specially adapted tricycle,
which runs entirely on pedal power of course; it's a good job they've
got some refreshing tea on board after slogging up all those
Edinburgh hills. As well as serving a range of high quality
hand-picked teas, they concoct their own fruit and herbal infusions,
which they serve either piping hot or icy cold depending on what the
If you fail to spot the
trundling trike, the equally wonderfully named 'Eteaket' has been
firmly rooted on Frederick Street since 2008, when its owner decided
that loose leaf teas were the way to reignite the British love affair
with tea in the face of the ever expanding enthusiasm for speciality
coffee. Their tea menu is extensive and even includes a tea latte
named 'Chocolate Abyss', doubly reinvigorating by the sound of it!
If it really is a coffee
you're after, you could visit 'The Elephant House', situated on
George IV Bridge. This gourmet tea and coffee shop has become famous
for its J. K. Rowling connection; it's one of the places where she
sat and wrote much of her first Harry Potter novel. The café's
focus on speciality coffees, ground locally and replaced each morning
with new batches, ensures the café has a glowing reputation for both
fresh and flavoursome coffee.
Alternatively, 'Brass and
Copper Coffee' on William Street is another independent which is
rated highly by visitors and locals alike for its excellent coffee at
reasonable prices. The menu is not extensive, but this allows the
team to focus their utmost on quality, which is what really matters
for weary coffee aficionados.
We'll just finish by wishing
much fun and laughter to anyone fortunate enough to be travelling up
for the festival season this August. However, if you're not heading
that way, but want to try out a strange and quirky brew or two, don't
despair - both 'The Strange Brew Company' and 'Eteaket' have online
tea shops up and running.