August 2014 - Brew Lab: Espresso
So many times you walk into a coffee shop and have amazing coffee but then aren't able to get your hands on any because it's their own special blend, well not this year my friends! Each month I'm sharing a delicious and tasty blend from 1 of our amazing wholesale customers, spreading the love and letting you play with a beloved blend.
This month we're taking a trip waaaaaay north to Scotland! Edinburgh to be more precise and the fantastic Brew Lab!
Owners Dave Law and Tom Hyde wanted to open a regular cafe after graduating in 2008 – Dave with a degree in Culture, Media and Society Studies from Napier University, and Tom in Economics and Politics from the University of Edinburgh. However, after a coffee based research trip to London they decided to open a speciality coffee bar. I think the best way to tell you a little more about them is to let the guys tell the story themselves...
The concept of Brew Lab came about after a research trip to London in 2010. A couple of years earlier, we had graduated and decided while living in Bruntsfield that there was a big gap in the market for a coffee shop, and that we should open one! At the time we didn't really have a USP, any money and the recession was just about to hit. We put the idea on the back burner and got proper jobs. Tom went into the wine trade and I went into digital marketing. In 2010 we came back to the idea, and went to London to research what was happening down there. We discovered some amazing independent coffee shops that were focussing on high quality single origin brewed coffee and espresso, in these stunningly designed spaces. Their food was fresh, local and looked and tasted amazing. They were just leagues ahead of what we had in Edinburgh.
And the result? A speciality coffee shop in Edinburgh that serves single origin brewed coffees and espresso. Brew Lab pride themselves on their fresh approach to coffee, mixing both traditional and innovative brewing techniques. Their aim is to showcase some of the most exceptional local, artisan produce Edinburgh has to offer: hot chocolates created by master chocolatiers Edward & Irwyn, fine teas blended by tea merchants Pekoe Tea, homemade soups from soup mongers Union of Genius, stunning cakes from Lovecrumbs and amazing fresh bread and pastries from Le Petit Français Boulangerie-Patisserie.
So onto their blend, and wow what a blend, 2 stunning coffees on their own but when you put them together...
60% El Salvador Finca Santa Petrona Natural Red Bourbon
40% Nicaragua Finca La Escondida Pulped Natural
In the cup expect solid milk chocolate El Salvador sweetness, mixed with the complexity of the Nicaraguan acidity that brings lime freshness, with a pulped natural sweetness. A really complex and diverse blend that works just as well in milk.
Am sure that after reading so much about this fantastic shop you'll want to find out a little bit more, have a peek at the following links...
Milk chocolate, lime, fresh, sweet, complex, diverse.