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Coffee road trip across Scotland unveiled with eight 'must visit' indie cafes

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To celebrate the release of the new Independent Coffee Guide Scotland for 2023, a coffee road trip across Scotland has been unveiled with eight 'must visit' destinations. The road trip passes through some of the very best independent coffee shops around the country.

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From the Highlands to the Islands, eight "must-visit" destinations for coffee lovers have been picked out by the experts. The road trip will take adventures all the way from Selkirk in the Scottish Borders up to the picturesque Isle of Skye.

The route was chosen by the editors behind the Independent Coffee Guide Scotland for 2023. Releasing this month, the sixth edition includes more than 120 coffee shops and roasteries for locals and tourists to check out in the new year.

To celebrate the release of the guide, editor of the Independent Coffee Guide Scotland Kathryn Lewis has revealed eight stops on the road trip that highlight Scotland's "buzzing" independent coffee scene.

She said: “Although the cost-of-living crisis is affecting almost everyone, those who can afford to are keen to support local indie businesses as they know how vital their custom is.

“Anthony Bourdain once said something along the lines of ‘Eat at a local restaurant tonight. Get the cream sauce. Have a cold pint at 4 o’clock in the empty bar. Tip your server. Enjoy the ride.’ and I think it’s a mantra we can all adopt. Drop into that quiet coffee shop. Pick up a bag of beans from the retail shelf. Tip your barista. Treat yourself to a Tuesday morning flat white for the hell of it.

“The small independent businesses, such as coffee shops and roasteries, are the ones we should be propping up in hard times – the corporate chains can look after themselves.”

The eight independent coffee shops around Scotland worth visiting according to the Independent Coffee Guide Scotland are Three Hills Coffee Co., Selkirk; Cairngorm Coffee, Edinburgh; The Coffee Apothecary, Udny; The Roasting Project, Fife; Slaughterhouse Coffee, Cromarty; Birch, Isle of Skye; Hinba, Oban, and Outlier in Glasgow.

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