105 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh EH3 9QE, UK
The regeneration of Edinburgh's Fountainbridge has seen a slow trickle of bars and cafes into the area that connects Tolcross with the west side of the city, transforming it into a bougie, hipsterfied enclave that's off the beaten track enough to avoid some of the crowds of Lothian Road. Field Work is one of the area's newest speciality coffee shop, and among the city's best.
The cafe has a very clean, contemporary feel from the outside, with Scandinavian influences in the artwork, including a large log that acts as a wall hanging, giving a hint of ski cabin vibes. That said, Field Work doesn't suffer from the sterility or tackiness that this theme can sometimes create. It's warm, cozy and deceptively large — two glass, stained windows, a feature of the building one presumes, help create more of a homely, welcoming feel.
They haven't ventured too far for their coffee either, just along the coast at Steampunk Coffee in North Berwick. This small batch roastery is always searching for new coffees from producers around the world, and Field Work change their offering with the seasons. You may get the Nicaraguan Aurora, with chocolate-hazelnut notes, or the fruitier Honduran Pedro, but suffice to say, they're a good litmus test for any coffee shop — a sign that baristas know what they're doing, and that you're in good hands.
Review: Harry Harris
Coffee + Drinks
- Coffee Machine
- Coffee Grinder
- Fiorenzato F64
- House Roaster