Filament had a pop-up last summer in a nightclub’s storage space. It was bare-bones and rough around the edges, but undeniably cool, with excellent coffee. Well, they’re back – permanently this time – and in a beautiful little space in Newington.
The minimal menu is separated into Coffee and Not Coffee, with teas from PekoeTea, bagels from Bearded Baker and cakes from Suki Bakes. Coffee-wise, HasBean is the house blend, and there’s a weekly guest espresso on the beloved EK43. I used to say that the best espresso in Edinburgh could be found at Fortitude (check the Fortitude article), but I may have to update my answer.
The café is a welcome addition to the area, which hasn’t had much coffee love until last year, when Cult opened its doors (check the Cult Espresso article). If you’re on a caffeine binge, you should definitely make your way down to these two places, which are only a block apart. If tea’s your tipple, Anteaques is directly opposite Filament (check the Anteaques article).
Brilliant white paint, exposed concrete and stressed wood dominates the interior. I’m getting déjà vu just typing that about a cool coffee shop, but what can I say, when executed well, it’s an aesthetic that really works. And in Filament it’s been executed very well.