Mrs MacIntyre's opened in July 2014 and is run as a business partnership by Dave MacIntyre and Caroline Gilchrist. It is very much run as a Scottish family business with both families having been heavily involved from the outset in helping to establish the shop.
Caroline's large family take a particularly keen interest in helping out at the shop as does Dave's son, Finlay. Everything, from the initial fit out to the internal decorating — which completely transformed the appearance of the shop from a Baguette Express into a cosy little coffee house — has been undertaken by members of both families. Their support has been invaluable.
The cafe is known as Mrs MacIntyre's Coffee House in honour of Dave's late wife Doreen, and our trading practices are founded on the principles of fair and ethical trading and a socialist ideology of profit sharing. These are values that were important to Doreen, and slowly but surely we are turning the Coffee House into a quality wholemeal Fairtrade enterprise.
Doreen, who cared deeply about the environment, was a self-employed Environmental Consultant and an active member of both the Green Party and Reforesting Scotland. She liked local, Fairtrade and organic whenever possible. We try to reflect these values in the day to day running of the cafe.
About our Suppliers
Coffee and teaOur Fairtrade coffee and organic teas are supplied by Coffee Conscience, who give part of their profits to Scottish Community Projects. The founder of Coffee Conscience, Billy Miller, is a tireless proponent of Fairtrade and was one of the first people in the UK to sell Fairtrade coffee. Billy's enthusiam for the product is infectious and although he freely admits that it was difficult to get good quality Fairtrade coffee some years ago, things have radically changed; Fairtrade and quality now go hand in hand.
Our coffee, under the brand name Italian Aroma, is roasted here in Scotland at a roastery near Clydebank, ensuring that our coffee is as fresh as possible for our customers. Our takeaway drinks are sold in cups produced by Edinburgh based Vegware, a company whose award-winning catering disposables are low carbon, made from renewable or recycled materials and all can be recycled along with food waste.