For those of you that have been following my blog for a while, you will know that I haven’t been the biggest coffee fan. Actually, I really used to hate it. But recently that all changed. I became a barista in March of this year, and through learning all about speciality coffee, I got hooked. I have spent the past few months learning how to make awesome coffee and making my way round Edinburgh’s finest coffee shops. It’s crazy that in the past month or two I have gone from hating coffee to drinking it on a daily basis.
A few days ago I was scrolling through my Instagram stories and seen Grams (another amazing place!!!) post about a new coffee shop opening up in Edinburgh. The space just looked beautiful and I just knew I had to go check it out for myself.
Today I headed into town to check out the brand new Hyde & Son. It is situated at the Charlotte Square/ west end of George Street, right next to Tigerlily. What I didn’t realise was that today was its very first day!
I was greeted by a very cheery barista, and instantly fell in love. It almost feels like you are walking into another world. From the hustle and bustle of the city, you come into a very peaceful, bright and cosy space. The massive bay windows let in all the light to fill the whole room and feed the most perfect plants which sit amongst the cosiest of seating areas.
My first question was obviously about the coffee. The coffee comes from Assembly Coffee Roasters down in London, which is one I hadn’t heard of yet. I mentioned I was just starting to learn about coffee so the barista was more than happy to chat away about their coffee. After a wee bit of googling this evening I found out that his name is James Wise, and has been crowned London’s best barista!! He was incredibly knowledgeable and was very clearly passionate about his coffee. This week they are without their coffee machine, so I was offered filter coffee. Normally I go straight for a flat white, but as my love for coffee grows I am starting to try out new ways of making and drinking it. They had two coffee options available as well as two filter options. Both sounded amazing and I was really struggling so went on the recommendations of James after telling him what I would normally prefer taste wise. Instead of going for a V60, which I know well, I opted for the metal filter. The bean I opted for was the Columbian one, Alfredo Boas. I wish I had written down everything he said about this coffee cause it was just perfect. The coffee’s tasting notes are presented through paintings on the bags, with the colours and brush strokes representing the flavours and intensity. This one was a very deep red so it had a beautiful berry taste to it.
There was a single big chair and the back that looked across the whole room, and it was the perfect spot to sit down with my book and drink my coffee. I think I was there for just over an hour, but to be honest I could of sat there all day long. Hyde & Son has such a different vibe about it, it really doesn’t feel like a coffee shop at all. It almost feels like home.
I am excited to try out their espresso based drinks when their coffee machine comes in, which they think will be on Thursday. and the best news is they don’t charge extra for alternative milks!!! So many oat milk flat whites are going to be had here!
I am so in love with this place and can’t wait to go with friends and watch them grow, I really think its going to quickly become a favourite for so many people in Edinburgh. Oh! and I can’t forget to mention that it turns into a bar at night! I will need to head for a cocktail or two as well!