Regular Saturdays - check his Twitter for details Espresso Coffee: Williams & Johnson Also: A sweet brownie type thing
Coolness: Grab a great coffee while you do your market shopping
The Bearded Barista (5♥) is Lewis uses Williams & Johnson coffee at his Stockbridge Markets stall on some Sundays - check Lewis' twitter feed for details.
Apart from great coffee, you can also expect a very friendly and down-to-earth experience with Lewis who is very attentive and happy to chat.
Other stalls at the Stockbridge Market (which is a sister market to the Leith and Grassmarket Markets) offer fresh veggies, seafood, poultry, meats cheeses, tasty take-away street foods and hand-made products. Many a local does their weekly fresh food shop at these markets, supporting smaller local producers which we are big fans of.
Williams & Johnson and Lewis regularly change their beans. You could find yourself drinking Brazilian, Costa Rican, Ethiopian or Kenyan - or something else depending on the season.
Grabbing a coffee and wandering around the markets is a very nice way to spend time!
Daily Grind is in amongst the narrow arteries of Dundee's old city, two streets back from the river Tay.
Contrasting with the grand stone buildings of Dundee's industrial past, the glass-fronted Daily Grind takes up a sizeable piece of real estate in combination with sister business Hard Grind barber shop.
As you pass the Stoormtrooper mannequin at the door, the coffee bar and friendly baristas in the centre of the room beckon you to have a chat and place your order. You'll enjoy seasonally changing coffees from Arbroath-based Sacred Grounds and they also sell retail bags of beans for home brewing. You can get a take-away or take your time at a table along the right hand wall.
Even before you've had your coffee you may experience a bit of sensory overload when you first visit Daily Grind.
The decor is motivated by tattoo art with a retro twist. Built on a backdrop of gleaming white, your eyes are pulled from one chunky black and brightly coloured design to the next, before you notice walls filled with quirky line art of ships, hearts, skulls and other classic tattoo stalwarts. The whole left of the coffee shop is dedicated to a large range of graphic-led apparel - both their own and from Dundee brand Abandon Ship - all of which has something to say.
The best thing, though, is that this is a very welcoming place that goes out of it's way to be inclusive. As well as coffee, the team are clearly passionate about tattoos, design and barbering that's positively sculptural, but they also celebrate difference. From LGBT Pride pins at the till, to Abandon Ship's 'not everything sucks' slogan adorning the coffee machine to welcoming and interested staff, the Daily Grind offers a very friendly port to anyone, in any storm.
Open every day Espresso, cafetiere, aeropress, chemex, v60 Coffee: Artisan Roast Also: Meals, beans, mail, car tax, foreign currency
Coolness: Sort out your postage while you enjoy a pour-over
The Coffee Apothecary (5♥) is a stone-fronted cafe just outside Pitmedden, about half an hour's drive, North of Aberdeen.
Well-made specialty coffee is still rare in this part of the world, so The Coffee Apothecary is a very welcome sight for local and visiting coffee lovers. Owners Ali and Jonny are performing nothing less than a community service in that regard! And are also very friendly to boot.
Not stopping at espresso, it's also great to see 'slow brew' cafetiere and filter methods on the menu, using a range of Scottish roaster Artisan Roast's beans.
On the food front you can enjoy breakfast and lunch - and morning and afternoon teas of course. Breakfasts include granola, pancakes, breakfast rolls and big breakfasts. For lunch you'll choose from soups, chilli, salad and wraps among others. And then you'll need some cake, so there's a good choice available.
The cafe is large and thoughtfully decorated with an emphasis on reusing all sorts of materials creatively. There are plenty of recycled, timber tables and chairs inside as well as an outdoor seating area (which is great for cyclists to keep an eye on their bikes).
They're also an operational post office adding to both the quirkiness and usefulness. You can get your mail or road tax sorted out while you're there.
Ali and Jonny have transformed this post office into a stylish, classy and warm coffee shop that's a real joy to visit.
Open every day Espresso, batch brew filter Coffee: Williams & Johnson Also: Pastries, smoothies, designer gear
Coolness: Minimalist light-filled chill
Williams & Johnson Waverley Mall (5♥) is located in the heart of bustling Princes Street Edinburgh, right by the iconic Balmoral Hotel and stairs that lead down to the railway station.
The Mall is set back from the street and intentionally low profile - so as not to interfere too much with the Royal Mile silhouette of sandstone spires.
W&J occupy a glassed double frontage with chairs and tables inside and out (weather permitting). They're serving up their own seasonally changing single origins - espresso-based and batch brew filter. You can also pick up bags of beans to take home.
We're big fans of W&J's coffee, and have been since they set up in Leith in 2016. We believe they're amongst Scotland's best speciality coffee roasters and consistently choose and roast to create juicy, tasty, sweet coffee, changing regularly and sourcing from far and wide.
Their menu includes high quality pastries, cheese toasted sandwiches, health-giving smoothies and other drinks and snacks.
Adding to their natural cool you'll find a selection of designer homewares and accessories, teaming up with their mates from their original roastery cafe on The Shore at Custom Lane.
Monday to Friday Espresso Coffee: Williams & Johnson
Coolness: Police box! We never get tired of them
Cheapshot has been recommended to us by a number of people but, due to opening hours coinciding with office hours, we're yet to get over there to try it out.
We can tell you that Paddy Maher is the owner and barista, he's passionate about speciality coffee and he serves it up from his Police Box shop.
Don't be misled by the name, the coffee Paddy's using isn't 'cheap' - in fact we love Leith-based Williams & Johnson's coffee - it's just that Paddy is set up in an area where many of his customers and community are Uni students, so his keeping the cost of is coffee down.
All the usual espresso-based coffees are on offer, plus some home tray bake type items.