When I wrote the first power rankings back in April, I was worried that the Glasgow coffee scene would not be dynamic enough to justify writing a second any time soon. I was wrong.
These rankings remain, as ever, entirely subjective and completely unfair. It is also based purely on the coffee itself without taking into account food or environment. I should also state that all attempts made by baristas to bribe me with focaccia or otherwise have been and will remain unsuccessful in compromising my integrity.
Place: Back To Black @ Bakery47 / Victoria Road, Glasgow
Coffee: Colonna / Panama / El Carmen
Varietal: Geisha / Washed
Drink: Clever Dripper brewed
Roaster notes: Floral, ripe juicy acidity, honey-like.
Back To Black, a.k.a. the Church of James Wallace, is now holding service at Bakery47.*
Coffee here is effortless. Flavours and aromas are made so deliberate and so obvious that there is no way you are not tasting the notes of raspberry or mango or dark chocolate or whatever single origin is on for that particular week. As usual, it was impossible to resist trying all three coffees on the menu – a solid washed El Salvador as espresso, a ludicrously good washed Ethiopian on batch brew**, and the first mind-blower of 2017 so far – a manually brewed Geisha from Colonna.