With the eye infection that had kept me away from the Budding Chefs pop-up still persisting, I rather gloomily wandered along the road despite the entirely clement weather conditions. I alighted upon Cafe Colpamia, in Roseburn, so popped in for a visit.

I’d visited when it was in different ownership and had been quite charmed by the place. The new owners have brought a Sicilian influence to the menu and have recruited the coffee expertise of Mr Eion to roast their house blend coffee. I was intrigued.



I started with coffee which was a dark roast Sumatran balanced with some brightness from peaberry. It was complex and interesting. It’s really pleasing to see more and more good quality continental roasts appearing in the city, as it was a weakness (an absence, really) until very recently.

From the menu I was taken in by talk of bruschetta Scozzese – haggis bruschetta. What could be more reviving than herby tomato and offal based goodness?

Interior looking out

Interior looking out

It promptly arrived, delivered by the very friendly counter man/waiter. It was an extremely generous portion topped with fresh shavings of parmesan. It was right on the cusp of shove-faceward and knife-and-fork-job. After an initial go at the former, my beard had reached saturation point, so the latter was adopted.

Replete with garlic and fresh basil, this was really pleasingly good stuff. The haggis brought a balanced meaty pepperiness so worked really well as an integral part of the dish. I was impressed.

So overall, I was considerably charmed by Cafe Colpamia. It’s a lovely spot serving really tasty food and very good coffee. I look forward to many future visits and would recommend you add it to your list for a priority visit.

Blythe scores Cafe Colpamia
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 15.5/20

I ate: bruschetta Scozzese (pesto, tomato, haggis, parmesan, oregano)

I drank: espresso, water

I wore: shady shades

Total bill: £6.60

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Written by BKR