I’d visited the Coffee Mill, a few weeks ago, as part of my great espresso quest, but didn’t have time to linger and try their food. I had more time, today, so paused for a breakfast roll.



In putting together the Espresso 100, two major difficulties arose: keeping a one-hundred point scale in your head (I will address this by migrating the 100 over to the same model as Soupquest, at some point soon); and secondly, how to reconcile the “well-made, not so good beans” coffees with the “not quite so well-made, good beans” versions.

This is what led to such strange bedfellows as All Good Coffee (expertly made Illy) and Kilimanjaro (not so brilliantly made Square Mile) sitting next to each other.

The reason for this digression is that the folks at the Coffee Mill use Rioba beans from Makro, but they get the very best out of them.

Haggis roll

Haggis roll

I was in the mood for a breakfast roll today, so took advantage of their morning deal, which offers a coffee and hot roll for £3. While I waited for the roll to be made, I stood chatting to the extremely friendly owner, and sipped a little espresso.

I was soon on my way, pausing in the Grassmarket for the required photo. From the first bite, the roll was fantastic. The haggis and brown sauce filling was lovely, but the light and crisply toasted roll was just great. It goes right to the top of the list of best haggis rolls that I’ve had. It made me very happy, indeed.

So overall, I was really pleased with the Coffee Mill. The welcome is as warm and friendly as you’re likely to find, and their breakfast rolls are first rate. They’re opening for extended hours, until 11pm, during the Festival. I’d be happy to point you towards their shop at any time of the day.

Blythe scores the Coffee Mill
4/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 14.5/20

Today’s quester was: Blythe

I ate: haggis roll

I drank: espresso

I wore: lilac shirt

Total bill: £3

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Written by BKR