"When I forget thee, Auld Reekie, may my right hand forget it's cunning" R.L. Stevenson

    • Mon08:00 - 20:00
    • Tue08:00 - 20:00
    • Wed08:00 - 20:00
    • Thu08:00 - 20:00Closed
    • Fri08:00 - 20:00
    • Sat08:00 - 20:00
    • Sun09:00 - 19:00

Black Medicine One

The centre of the Black Medicine "empire", 'though not geographically, is the original store, sitting proudly on the corner of Nicolson Street and Drummond Street. If it were the geographical centre, which would be physically impossible, it would sit somewhere on Simpson's Loan, which is in the Quartermile development. I wouldn't like that.
Green is it's colour of choice, although if you are colourblind it may appear to be red. We make no apology for this however as it would look odd if it were any other colour. Yellow, for example, would look horrific.
Internally, it is a veritable woodsman's delight, being mainly constructed of wood. The walls are made of stone, being as it is a stone building. The coffee-making-machinery is made of several materials, most notable of which would be stainless steel. The staff are, by and large, made of natural, organic materials, such as flesh, bone, hair etc, although the odd piece of metal may extrude from some of them in small quantities. Do not worry - this is not shrapnel.
Coffee may come to you in a variety of vessels: large ceramic cup, small ceramic cup, tiny ceramic cup, large paper cup, medium paper cup, small paper cup, tiny paper cup, your own 'travel' mug. "Which of these will I get?" you may be wondering. This will depend entirely upon what you order, in what quantity and whether you are taking out or sitting in.
Food comes in many forms, as we all know. Black Medicine will offer you several varieties of foodstuff, ranging from delicious Jaffa cakes and crisps through to the more nourishing filled ciabatta, panini, bagels and soup. Cake is here too.

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