You think espresso ratings are just for American coffee snobs? Think again. Today’s The Edinburgh Evening News of Scotland published an article today rating some of their local options for espresso: Scotsman.com Living – Filtering out the best and worst.

The article’s author, Sarah Howden, escorted a Scots Italian arts impresario, Richard Demarco, around town to do the dirty work of tasting and rating the espresso at various cafés. Mr. Demarco rated the George Street Starbucks 2/5 for an unmemorable espresso (and mentioned that it is “not recognisable as a European experience and it lacks any ambience, any defined look”). Caffè Nero, Costa Coffee, and VinCaffè, however, got the definite thumbs up.