Cult Espresso

I’ve been a huge fan of Cult Espresso since it opened back in 2014. Their coffee is excellent, the service is always friendly and knowledgeable, and the food really solid, showcasing a number of local favourites like Union of Genius and Manna House.



In the last few months, they’ve been looking to shift their food offering towards more in-house creations. They’re now making their own soup, sandwiches and salads. I was intrigued to give things a look so popped in on an uncharacteristically quiet Saturday afternoon.

There was plenty of good chat from the counter as usual. Today’s espresso was a Brazilian from Williams & Johnson. It was absolutely excellent.

The soup of the day was red pepper and sweet potato. I added a reuben sandwich, then took a seat to await their arrival.

Soup and bread

Soup and bread

The soup proved really very good, with the sweet potato nicely reining-in any potential over-sweetness from the pepper. It was not to the standard of the spectacular Union of Genius Caribbean chicken I’d had on my last visit, but it was still pretty damn good.

The sandwich was beautifully toasted and really satisfying.



So overall, Cult seems to be very deftly making the transition to moving more of their food offering in-house. There’s further plans afoot so make sure to visit often to see how things develop.

Blythe scores Cult
4.5/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4.5/5 for service
giving an overall 17/20

I ate: red pepper and sweet potato soup; reuben sandwich

I drank: espresso

I wore: camel coat

Total bill: £10.50

Address: 104 Buccleuch Street, Edinburgh EH8 9NG

Written by BKR