Before the Beginning

My love affair with coffee began some time ago.  I remember as a kid buying my Grandad Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, which at the time seemed to me to be the greatest coffee in the world - how could it not be, given that it was by far and away the most expensive coffee Whittards had to offer?!  

Over time my interest in coffee developed, and around seven years ago I was working in a bank in London, and trying to figure out if I could do anything with coffee.  Many hours of thinking and planning later, I came to the conclusion that a) I wanted to open a coffee shop, b) London was damn expensive, and c) I was a bit of a wimp.

Fast forward to 2013, and I arrived in Edinburgh, which is still my home.  It is a great city, with an artisan coffee scene that is beginning to flourish.  I started to look for locations in early 2015 for a coffee shop, but found nothing.  It was only after I started working here that a unit at The Waverley Arches became available, and I quickly made the decision to take it.

Development of the Arch has pretty much been completed, and fit-out will start soon.  Below are photos of the Arch and East Market Street at the moment, and an image of what the shop will hopefully look like.  I will continue to blog over the coming weeks to provide updates on the fit-out, and start to explain more about the coffee, tea, doughnuts, and other things Baba Budan will be serving!

The view of East Market Street, just after you leave Waverley Station.  The Baba Budan Arch is one of the taller ones down the end.

The view of East Market Street, just after you leave Waverley Station.  The Baba Budan Arch is one of the taller ones down the end.

The Baba Budan Arch on the right - reflection of Calton Hill can be seen.  Great view from the arch!

The Baba Budan Arch on the right - reflection of Calton Hill can be seen.  Great view from the arch!

Development has just finished - here is the Arch in shell condition (excuse the messy footprints...).

Development has just finished - here is the Arch in shell condition (excuse the messy footprints...).

How the Arch will hopefully look.  More on the design in a future blog!

How the Arch will hopefully look.  More on the design in a future blog!