About Us

Who we Are

At Edinburgh Tea & Coffee Company we can trace our heritage back to 1812 when Andrew Melrose established his eponymous company in Edinburgh's Canongate. From its very beginning the Melrose name has been synonymous for sourcing and selecting only the highest quality teas and coffees. This is a tradition that we are proud to carry on to this day. The Edinburgh Tea & Coffee Company was formed in 1990 following a management buyout of the Melrose Tea Company.

Our current modern premises are based in Edinburgh’s Portobello, beside The Firth of Forth, the same stretch of water where in 1833 Andrew Melrose became the first UK tea merchant outside of London - following the end of The East India Company's importation monopoly - to legally import fresh tea from China on the Tea Clipper Isabella. 

With over 200 years experience we remain one of Scotland’s oldest artisanal tea and coffee manufacturers - a heritage and passion we still take very seriously. We oversee each and every stage of production of all our teas and coffees: from sourcing the finest fresh loose leaf tea and green coffee beans, from around the world; to our artisan coffee roasters and master tea blenders sampling these in our purpose built tasting room; before carefully blending and roasting these - in small batches - to our exacting standards. 

From the individual retail customer through to international food services business, the Edinburgh Tea & Coffee Company has established itself as the capital’s finest bespoke manufacturer of artisan teas and coffees.