The Glasgow coffee scene has grown so much over the past year. It is simply a fact that we have never had it so good before ever. We’re in a situation now where there are a handful of places that I would consider to be serving high-end modern coffee with very little separating each of them in terms of quality and consistency.
So, here is my current list ranked in the only way that matters – purely by how much I have enjoyed the coffee and nothing but the coffee alone.
Was I being melodramatic last time? The Glasgow coffee scene is growing and things are starting to look up again.
I have revisited all the usual places, visited new places and yes, I’ve even been to several places that some people told me are serving “the best coffee in Glasgow”. Suffice it to say that none of these places were serving “the best coffee in Glasgow”. They certainly did not make it onto my relentlessly subjective and ludicrously unfair power rankings.
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: Cafe Ashton / Glasgow
Coffee: Talor & Jørgen / Ethiopia / Pixie Dust & Candy
Variety: Heirloom, Illubabor Forest / Natural
Roaster notes: Floral, lemongrass, ripe mango, hibiscus, guava, candied strawberries.
The coffee scene here in Glasgow is a fragile one isn’t it? There seems to only be a handful of baristas who have the knowledge, ability and interest to achieve truly high level modern coffee. Without them, coffee in Glasgow would just be really average.
So, Cafe Ashton then.
Here’s the problem with my power rankings – they’re unfair, completely based on my own opinions, totally affected by how often I’m going to a certain place in any given month, and not only that – nobody asked for them. Also, I know nothing about coffee.
Place: Dear Green Cafe Project / The Briggait, Glasgow
Coffee: Dear Green / Kenya / Gakayuini Peaberry
Variety: SL28, SL34 / Washed
Drink: V60 brewed
Roaster notes: Grape, elderflower, caramel.
It would have been so easy not to have bothered. I had spent an entire day at the Edinburgh Coffee Festival the day before and it was currently the day of the Great Scottish Run. Getting into and out of the city centre was going to take a lot of effort. But it was the last day of the year for the Dear Green Cafe Project*, and it would have been a huge regret to have missed it as a coffee nerd living in Glasgow.
Place: Avenue / Great Western Road, Glasgow
Coffee: Avenue / Ethiopia / Yirgacheffe / Rocko Mountain Reserve
Variety: Heirloom / Natural
Drink: Cafetiere brewed
Roaster notes: Ripe strawberry, milk chocolate, orange, floral.
I was curious to taste this coffee brewed at the very place that it had been roasted. I had already enjoyed the incredible strawberry sweetness of this Ethiopian Yirgacheffe as made by my own amateur setup at home. It had already been one of my favourite beans of the year but now it was time for the pros to show me how it was done.