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Here since the last millennium – no, really, its been nearly 20 years - starting with an idea for a café that became a coffee shop, so-named because of the notion that the native peoples of America once called coffee Black Medicine.


It's identity and character is a cumulative product of those 20 years of beautiful humans who have been on either side of the machine, without whom we wouldn’t be here or what we are.

Black Medicine arrived in Edinburgh 1998. Well actually, we just moved downstairs from the old Nicolsons above. Nearly 18 years later we started digging again, and expanded and extended into the basement.

So to move with the times, a website!

A cup of coffee by Black Medicine Coffee Co