Sunday, 2 April 2017

Hang out at Twelve Triangles' Kitchen Table

Twelve Triangles opened its doors at 90 Brunswick Rd in March 2015 with a small core range of sourdough breads, pastries and doughnuts and with a strong emphasis on slow ferment cold prove doughs and making everything from scratch. Over the last two years they have expanded their repertoire as they have learnt more about sourdough and bread. Their shops now sell a range of breads & pastries as well as some pies and lunch bits, alongside espresso from Steampunk Coffee and rotating batch brew filter from various roasters. 

In August 2016 they opened a second shop in the seaside town of Portobello, Edinburgh. Alongside their bakery shops they started to cater pop up events and dinners, using their breads and bakery products the a backbone of the menu alongside local, seasonal ingredients. This led to them realising they wanted a space where people could sit, eat and discuss food, and they could offer even more of the kinds of food they made at their pop up events. 

Just last month they opened 'Kitchen Table' on Duke Street. This is a cafe space which is an extension of how they work in the bakery. Here they serve breakfast, lunch and afternoon treats, making everything from scratch. They have decided to forgo the espresso machine and instead serve delicious batch brew filters from a rotating selection of local roasters. When we visited we enjoyed their home made granola with fruit compote and delicious sourdough toast with ricotta, avocados and dukkah. All this was accompanied by two different filters prepared on batch brew - Steampunk's Huye Mountain (Rwanda) and a lovely Costa Rican from Fortitude. It's exciting to see more and more cafes operating on a multi-roaster basis offering a great range of coffees.

Twelve Triangles are a young company, constantly learning and evolving but Rachel and her team have built up a strong and loyal group of customers. Their mission of providing simple things, done well, seems to be a hit with folk in Edinburgh and we are delighted to work alongside them to bring a range of exciting coffees to their shops. We hope you will visit.

90 Brunswick Street 7 days 9-4
300 Portobello High Street 7 days 9-4
148 Duke Street (currently) Thurs-Sun 9-4

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Lovecrumbs love coffee

It’s hard to believe Lovecrumbs  have been open for only 5 years as they are such an established and well loved fixture of the Edinburgh specialty coffee scene. They began as a cake specialist and for quite a while wholesaled their cakes to many of the best cafes in Edinburgh. Since summer 2016 they have diversified and begun to offer savoury food also - some vegetarian tarts and some nice simple ‘things on toast’. They aim to have at least one thing suitable for GF and vegans on their menu each day.

Lovecrumbs take their coffee seriously and their team of talented baristas craft excellent drinks with our beans. Their single origin espresso offering is from Steampunk (they occasionally feature other guest roasters too) and changes to reflect what’s in season. They are currently serving our Brazil Fazenda Pantano and Burundi Murango.  

Lovecrumbs’ owner Hollie shares Steampunk's local sourcing ethos and takes pride in serving up lots of delicious locally produced treats, working with highly respected businesses like Creamed, Grace & Co and Archipelago. Their bread is from Breadshare and Andante. They source cheese from Mellis, hot smoked salmon from Creelers, produce from Phantasie and East Coast Organics, sodas from Roots and Kitsch, tea from Anteaques, and Coco Chocolatier hot chocolate. They make their own jams, pickles, granola and mayo. 

Lovecrumbs is nestled at the heart of central Edinburgh just up from the Grassmarket. The quirky and characterful shop was Thomson & Sons Victual Dealers from 1845 till the early 1990s who sold all kind of provisions - nuts, seeds, dried fruits, dog biscuits, flour. A lot of the features in the shop are original - iron fireplace, pillars, light hooks, window display area - and these have been transformed with imaginative and playful decor. An antique wardrobe is used to display their cakes and the mixture of seating is cosy and provides something for everyone whether you are meeting friends, catching up with work on your laptop or people watching from the window seat. This welcoming atmosphere is reflected in their eclectic mix of customers.

If you are looking for some special baking for an occasion, Lovecrumbs also do whole cakes to order and have a wedding cake service too. 

They host events throughout the year including a Cupping with Steampunk on 16 March and life drawing classes. 

Follow them on Facebook to keep up to date on happenings.

Open 7 days
Mon-Fri 9am-6ish, 
Saturday 9.30am-6ish 

Sunday 12-6ish

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Do some Fieldwork ... check out this oasis of extraordinary coffee and cake in Fountainbridge

Fieldwork opened in January 2016, bringing speciality coffee, homemade cakes, fine loose-leaf teas, organic hot chocolates and natural sodas to the edge of Edinburgh’s financial district. Take the time to sit in the small but cosy space where there are old school desks and chairs for getting comfy. They are a dog-friendly café and keep things laid back and relaxed, offering the friendliest service and always a very warm welcome.

The name Fieldwork reflects the focus of what these guys do: experimenting with different flours and flavours, using the best quality locally sourced ingredients. Their milk is from a local farm, their coffee from Steampunk, teas from Anteaques and sodas from local producers Roots Soda & Co. They use organic chocolate from The Chocolate Tree to make up their mochas and hot chocolates. Try the dark and winter spice varieties (which are both vegan and gluten-free) or the rose and vanilla white chocolate. They offer soya and oat milk as dairy alternatives for coffees, tea and hot chocolates.

One of this cafe's highlights is their daily delivery of freshly baked doughnuts from the Bearded Baker (which are usually still warm from the oven when they arrive), and selection of pastries from their local French bakery. 

But at this cafe's heart, and what really makes them special, is their incredible in-house baking. What's on offer changes daily, and there are always gluten-free and vegan options.

Retail bags of Steampunk Coffee and tins of Chocolate Tree hot chocolates are also available to buy. All of the items on their menu are available to take away if you don't have time for sitting in and you can get money off your coffee too by bringing your own cup!

Find Fieldwork at:

105 Fountainbridge

Opening times:
MON - FRI 8 – 5 / SAT 10 – 5 / SUN 11 – 5

I think this place is amazing, but don't just take my word for it, see what others have said:

A gem of a find at Fountainbridge! I had a to-go latte and Guinness cake. The latte was amazing, seriously good coffee and the cake was a really generous portion and was absolutely delicious and really tasted home made. 

The service was also really efficient and polite - I can't wait to go back!

Fabulous homemade cakes! Lots of choice and great coffee. Service fab and friendly. Definitely going back.

Amazing little place! Just discovered this last weekend (I live under a min walk from the shop = dangerous) 

The cakes are so good and the shop is uber cool!! I'm not a huge chocolate cake fan but the chocolate passion cakes!!! 

A must visit!

Best lemon cake I ever had, beauuuuuutiful atmosphere, good coffee! Best café experience I've had in a while.

Really nice little place to get a coffee or tea and a pastry, to go or sit in. Their filled donuts are absolutely divine. The decorations are tasteful and the atmosphere welcoming. A lovely place to sit down for a chat with a friend or a notebook.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

What's brewing at Stockbridge Market...

For 5 years now we have enjoyed taking Mavis our van to Stockbridge Market with our little lever espresso machine installed in the back for making coffees. As the popularity of the market has grown however, we have struggled to keep up with demand using our old-school set up and this has resulted in people waiting (we feel) too long for coffee. Our little Fraccino passed away in December and as dark clouds often have silver linings this gave us the opportunity for a rethink…

As the majority of coffees we sold at the market were ‘Americanos’ or ‘long blacks’ changing our brew method over to filter coffee was not such a big leap. So instead of replacing our espresso machine with another we sourced a top end filter brewer from Bunn and installed that in our van instead. We have been serving batch brew filter for a year and a half in our shop and it has proven really popular. Although batch brew has had a poor reputation in the past, the improvement in the technology of brewers available means we can now get a great result from this method of brewing and it has earned many converts. We believe filter is the ideal brew method for highlighting the nuances of flavour in coffees and as we specialise in single origin coffees rather than blends this is a natural fit for us.

Our Experiment

At our last two markets in December we offered filter coffees only - showcasing Los Nogales from El Salvador which has notes of chocolate, caramel and tropical fruit sweetness and as a contrast our Christmas Coffee from Burundi - Murango which is all about an apple acidity and brown sugar sweetness. We gave samples to people to try both to compare them and invited folk to buy a cup to enjoy too, either black or with milk. 

Of course with any change there will be those in favour and those against. We had a small handful of people disappointed to not have a cappuccino or espresso but on the other hand we had many more people who said they prefer filter and were delighted they did not have to wait in a queue for their coffee. The majority of people tried the different coffees we had on offer and were intrigued by how different they were from each other and were curious to find out more. One of the best things about our new setup was that we finally had time to talk to our customers about our coffees. We shared more with people about the origins of our coffees and our passion as coffee roasters on these two Sundays than we have been able to in the past 5 years while we have frantically made espressos and steamed milk!

The future

We are excited about taking this journey with you and bringing you different coffees each week to try. At our next Stockbridge Market on January 8 we will be returning with El Recuerdo from El Salvador and also showcasing our newest coffee from Costa Rica - Los Crestones. In addition we will have samples of ALL of our different coffees available for you to sample! That’s right you can sample all of our coffees for free!!

We would like to hear feedback about what you think - please drop us an email at

Friday, 2 December 2016

The Story of Murango, our Christmas Coffee

The story of women in coffee is an interesting one. Despite often contributing much of the labour in the production side of coffee we are rarely owners of the land or influencers within the business of coffee. 

Kalico Workers Cooperative

Steampunk Coffee is a female-owned business which is extremely proud to also have a woman as our Head Roaster. As such we are particularly interested in the role of women on the growing end of coffee production too. Our new coffee this month Murango, which we have chosen as our Christmas Coffee, comes from Burundi and has a wonderful story behind it of women making a change in their communities through coffee.


Tucked between Tanzania and Congo in central Africa, Burundi is a relative newcomer to  specialty coffee. Its coffees are produced on small plots by villagers in the northern part of the country and wet processed at small mills. The coffee is sold at auction to exporters in a system resembling the Kenya auction system. Burundi still largely produces de facto organically grown coffee owing to the fact that the farmers cannot afford chemicals. Most is grown in full shade. At best, when not spoiled during drying, storage, or transportation, it is a floral and brightly acidic coffee of the East Africa style. 

Burundi is a country that continues to face immense social and political difficulties. One of the challenges for the coffee sector is the government’s involvement as an owner and operator of the washing stations. This makes visibility and transparency questionable. Despite this there are a few privately owned washing stations that are working hard to improve the quality.

Muyinga is not a well-known region in Burundi. It is constantly overshadowed by its neighbour Kayanza. However, the cup quality is very similar to Kayanza featuring complex florals, intense sweetness and a delicate but refined body. Burundi is a small country so the districts don’t vary a great deal in climate and cup profile. 

Angele Ciza at Kalico

Murango Washing Station

This coffee gets its name from Murango which is a small washing station located in the province of Muyinga in the North Eastern corner of the country. This used to be a state owned and run station but it was bought back from the government in 2012 by the all-female owned Kahawa Link Company (Kalico, for short), a female owned coop operating in the province of Muyinga. 

Murango favour a single fermentation method using nine different fermentation tanks to keep the lots separate until they are dried and cupped for quality. The lower scoring lots are blended for commercial coffee, with the best lots remaining separate for sale as microlots. Our lot comes from the peak of the harvest and is amongst the highest scoring lots from this station in 2016.

Raised African drying beds at Kalico


In 2012, Angele Ciza and Consolata Ndayishimiye, two friends (and experienced business women) decided to go into the coffee business together. They purchased seven washing stations that had been part of the old government run Sogestal program, with the idea of working in close partnership with growers so they could process and export Burundi’s best coffees. The pride and satisfaction Angele and Consolata take in their company comes through in the excitement they have for forging friendships with their buyers.

The washing stations are in the Kirundo and Muyinga Provinces in North-Eastern Burundi, each serving 1,000-3,000 small scale farmers who grow primarily the bourbon varietal. The land runs the range of 1600 - 1800 meters above sea level.

To improve the quality of the coffee produced, Angele and Consolata knew they needed to start with the education of the producers, so they began with outreach to ensure best practices from nurseries to picking. As the quality and value of the coffee increases they are investing in additional training, environmental protection, inputs, micro-credit, micro-insurance, and social infrastructures in partnership with the producer organizations that deliver to their washing stations.

The washing stating has ten small floatation tanks allowing the coffee to be sorted prior to fermentation. With nine separate fermentation tanks, Kalico are able to keep coffees separated throughout the processing stage, allowing them to identify and isolate various qualities.

"We work very, very hard," says Ciza. Her vision for lifting more people out of poverty in her region is clear. "If you want to develop Burundi, you develop the women," she says.

Check out this link to NPR to hear more of the story about four African women fighting to change the traditional roles of women in coffee production. 

Angele Ciza, top left

Specialty coffee in Burundi

Burundi’s economy is heavily reliant on coffee and it is Burundi’s biggest export revenue earner with close to 40% of the population is involved in the coffee subsector. With its mountainous topography, Burundi is geographically ideal for coffee cultivation. It has great soils, very high elevations in some coffee growing regions (up to 2000 masl) and ideal climates. The Burundian coffee sector however has gone through major phases and changes, all of which have greatly influenced the coffee production.

The first stage for coffee was under the Belgian colonisers when coffee was established as a cash crop until Burundi's independence in 1962. During this period, the Belgians had total control over the coffee's production and sales. The coffee industry was private from independence in 1962 to 1976. During this period, the state only intervened to fund research, assist in quality improvement, and set and stabilise the price received by the producers. Even with the help of the state, the quantity and quality of coffee production decreased. The reason for the decrease on production was due of the post-independence political instability, and the lack of interest of the people in growing coffee as growing coffee was seen as a symbol of colonisation.

In 1976, the coffee industry became completely state-controlled. The private coffee factories were nationalised, and all the export activities were under the control of the state. The objective of being a public industry was to increase the quantity and quality of the production, which failed to be accomplished. Coffee production has a pretty good infrastructure in Burundi due to the World Bank and other partners investing heavily during the 1970s and building 133 washing stations (wet mills) that are better equipped and organised than the ones in neighbouring Rwanda. Rwanda by contrast has been more successful so far in transitioning into specialty coffee production. 

Burundi’s move into specialty coffee has arguably been held back by the long and very slowly diminishing government presence in the coffee sector in the form of bureaucratic and mismanaged coffee board (ARFIC, previously OCIBU). In 1986 the public coffee enterprises became totally private or partially private. The privatisation of the coffee sector adopted happened when the management was privatised, certain functions were deregulated and some coffee entities were restructured. For most of the last 30 years, however employees hired by OCIBU were running all of the countries’ washing stations.

In order to improve the general management of coffee, companies with mixed state and private ownership were created. The companies managing the depulping and washing stations—the SOGESTALS—(Société de Gestion des Stations de Dépulpage Lavage du Café) were created. SOGESTALS were set up in the country’s main coffee regions. The state kept the majority of shares in all the SOGESTALS except the ones in Kayanza, Ngozi and Kirundo-Muyinga. Once the private sector invested in the coffee industry, the government introduced the first measures of deregulation. This move allowed people to establish companies with total private ownership. This started the creation of private export companies, new private washing stations were built, private factories were established, and the creation of two private roasting factories were established.

The Future

Today, Burundi is a country whose main export and crop is coffee. Following the intense civil war in the late 20th century, coffee truly helped rebuild Burundi. By supporting the production of specialty coffee in the region and ensuring that producers are well paid for the quality coffees they produce you are ensuring that money is continuing to flow into these communities. That is what truly makes this a special, and meaningful cup of coffee this Christmas.

Monday, 28 November 2016

FREE Tasting Events at Steampunk

We have organised two lovely free events for you to come along and find out a bit more about your favourite beverages. Their aim is to be informal but hopefully informative with time for tasting and chatting and then even some special discounts for buying some pressies on the night...

Tea Tasting Evening

5:30pm, Monday 5 December 

Our friends from Anteaques (Edinburgh) have supplied us with teas for many years. They run a lovely traditional tea shop and antiques store on Clerk Street in Edinburgh which is a must-visit destination for any tea lover. Their range of teas is massive and their knowledge impressive. Join them for an evening of tasting, brewing tips and finding out more about your favourite teas. 

Coffee Tasting Evening

5:30pm, Monday 21 December 

Come along to our first public cupping. Try our different coffees and learn more about the journey they take from origin to cup. Find out more about the roasting process too!

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Christmas Shopping at Steampunk

Here at Steampunk, we would like to help make Christmas shopping as easy as possible. After all, you want to spend your time with family and friends rather than trawling through the shops.

We have put together a collection of coffees, equipment and steampunk branded stuff which is sure to include exactly the right gift for the coffee lover in your life. You can find all of these on our webshop and also at our coffee roastery/cafe in North Berwick.

Here are some of our top ideas:

Cyclists/Outdoor enthusiasts - check out our HooRag which we have designed using our own Mavis van print and has come direct from the USA. This fantastic bit of kit wicks away moisture, protecting your face, and also offers sun  protection. It can be worn loads of different ways.

Coffee Geeks - our Subscription will keep any coffee lover in clover for 3, 6 or 9 months as they work their way through our constantly changing offering of specialty single origin coffees. How about a 33coffees notebook so that they can keep track of which coffees they are trying? If you really want to take their coffee experience up a notch a Baratza Encore electric grinder will allow them to grind fresh beans for each brew.

Steampunk Fans - how about our hoodie so everyone can see who their favourite roasters are? Fantastic thick and cosy with a contrast grey lined hood.

Camping and Vanlife devotees - You can't beat one of our  camping mugs, an Aeropress and a Rhinowares grinder along with a bag of coffee ...

Tea Lovers??? - It's ok, we know they exist and we celebrate diversity... Try a Steampunk Tin filled with our delicious leaf tea, a diner mug to keep it hot or even a Bonavita kettle which will heat their water to exactly the right temperature for perfect brewing.