Our home in Edinburgh serving a range of meticulously brewed, single-origin filter, espresso and cold brew coffees, as well as a selection of artisanal food with local provenance.

At Union, we’re always trying to learn, develop, and grow. This means constantly seeking out new knowledge, new challenges, and new opportunities. We’ve been roasting coffee for quite some time, and we like to think we’ve gotten pretty good at it over the years! But as a roaster, we've always been one step removed from the final stage on the coffee journey - turning our freshly roasted beans into a delicious cup of coffee for you to drink and enjoy. The next step in our coffee journey was to close that gap and establish a ground level presence… a Union Hand-Roasted café.

Enter Brew Lab. Since opening in September 2012, Brew Lab has quickly established itself as the largest independent, speciality coffee shop in Scotland and one of the UK’s leading names in coffee. With a commitment to craft, meticulous standards and a thirst for knowledge and growth, Brew Lab was something of a kindred spirit. Rotating two single origin espressos and an ever-changing roster of filter coffees, Brew Lab’s attention to detail for every cup really earned them the “Lab” moniker. Its stylish interior and historic location have made it a local favourite as well as a must-stop for visitors to Edinburgh. We knew right away that we had found something very special indeed.

One of the many exciting things about Brew Lab was their burgeoning Cold Brew project. Developed and refined over the course of several years by Brew Lab’s dedicated and highly skilled baristas, their cold brew was an exciting new way to showcase some amazing single origin coffee. Crucially, they had committed to making it as versatile as possible and had decided that simple black cold brew was only the first step. Brewing at double strength creates a base for a variety of other drinks – a splash of milk makes an amazing iced latte, and a dash of gin creates a wonderful cocktail. We were hooked.

The potential for an exciting new partnership seemed obvious so together, Union and Brew Lab hatched a plan to team up and begin work on something truly special. In Union Hand-Roasted, Brew Lab found a partner that mirrored their own commitment to ethically sourced and meticulously roasted coffee. In Brew Lab, we found a partner that shared our commitment to craft and our drive to constantly improve and innovate. The cold brew project was the icing on the cake, and Union Brew Lab was born.

Now part of the Union family, Brew Lab showcases the very best single origin coffees we have to offer, brewed by some of the most talented baristas working in the industry today. Their extensive range of retail bags and equipment provides everything you need to brew incredible coffee at home, and if you ever feel like getting some expert advice, they offer a range of home-user focused training classes in their dedicated Training Lab. Artisanal, locally sourced produce is at the forefront of their food offering, so there’s always something to keep you fuelled throughout your day

We’ve got some exciting plans for Brew Lab so keep an eye out and stay tuned!


6-8 South College St, Edinburgh EH8 9AA

0131 662 8963

Mon-Sun 8am-5pm

Open later all through August


6-8 South College St, Edinburgh EH8 9AA

(0131) 662 8963

Mondays: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday - Friday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 8:00pm

Open late all through August