Chances to leave the roastery don’t come often, so when our friends at Isle of Bute Coffee invited us to join them for their 2nd birthday celebrations, you didn’t have to ask us twice. What started out as trip to visit some coffee friends, turned into one of the most incredible coffee events we’ve had the pleasure of being part of this year.
The trip started on a rainy Thursday. The truth is it was supposed to start on the Friday, but with Storm Babet causing havoc on the east coast, we made the decision to send three of the team a day early, with the rest following on the Friday (weather permitting). As luck would have it, the rest of the team would end up stuck on the mainland thanks to bad weather.
We arrived on Thursday evening to a surprisingly warm Isle of Bute, with our host Mhairi giving us a quick tour of the surrounding area. After checking into our beautiful apartment, we headed off to check out the famous island nightlife, finding ourselves spending the evening at a jam session in the local community pub.
On Friday we made the short trip to Bonnie Bling, a stunning community cafe on the Isle of Bute, run by our good friend Mhairi. The shop itself is an eclectic mix of incredible hand made gifts, tasty coffee and great food. We then spent some of the afternoon serving coffee on the bar at Bonnie Bling. Mhairi then took us for a whistle stop tour of the island where we visited Mount Stuart House and popped into the incredible Gather Deli. We then shot off to get ready for Isle of Bute Coffee’s 2nd birthday celebrations in the evening at Bute Yard.
The event!! Where do we even begin. It was simply incredible. It’s easy to forget sometimes that coffee is so much more than that little brown bean. To see the impact that our coffee is having on the island, bringing together people & communities from all walks of life, over a shared love of the thing we call coffee.
To everyone who came along, chatted and poured some latte art with us, thank you! We’d also like to say a massive thank you to Mhairi for having us and looking after us during our stay. A huge thank you also goes out to Erin, not only for the beautiful apartment, but also for allowing us the opportunity to travel over a day early to miss the storm. Finally, thank you to the incredible people of the Isle of Bute for your generous hospitality.
We’re already looking forward to visiting again soon.
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