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Cafe Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 1100 – 1530

Home delivery orders every Thursday across Edinburgh*

Dumbo the soup van back in September

*anywhere within the bypass

Our Aim

All packaging is compostable

To offer you a truly great lunch and maintain our ethical approach to cooking and providing.

We do this by bringing together the best local food ingredients, cook them to well-thought-out recipes, use local suppliers, recycle and help those in need.

Reuse and Recycle for Rewards

Receive free soup when you use your own soup container or return your takeaway packaging.

Your loyalty points build up each time you reuse or recycle and you can have a free soup or add it to our Suspended Soup board to provide someone in need with a meal.

The UoG cargo bike loaded to the gunnels with veg
The UoG cargo bike

All of our take-out packaging and cutlery is made from plant starch by Vegware. If you drop our packaging in a landfill bin after you’ve eaten your soup, then that’s a waste of good packaging, because compostable materials don’t degrade under landfill conditions. All our kitchen waste is composted and we add your returned packaging to our composting.

Carbon Tyre Print

We supply a number of cafes across Edinburgh with our soup and salads and keep delivery carbon neutral thanks to our cargo bike – which itself was recycled from old bikes.
Making our deliveries by bike courier means we can continue our environmentally conscious ethos which is so important to us.

What does Union of Genius mean?

We feel there are many forms of genius and wanted to bring them together to create something special. Here are some of the elements:

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Breads from Dough Re Mi fresh every day
Coffee from Artisan Roast
Feeding those in need via the Bethany Trust Care Van and our Suspended Soup and Coffee
Teas from eteaket
Artisan hot chocolates from Coco and The Chocolate Tree
Our amazing Kickstarter Community
Gluten-free cakes from Gluttony
Compostable takeout packaging supplied by Vegware
Composting carried out via the Edinburgh Cyrenians CORE programme.

The Genius
We have an equation: (q+r)*p^h=y
q: top quality ingredients
r: imaginative recipes
p: our passion for flavours
h: every soup handmade, tasted and tweaked before it leaves the kitchen
y = your lovely lunch

We believe that soup is an amazing food. To us it’s love in a bowl. It comforts, nourishes and sustains. Here at Union of Genius we put the same attention to quality, freshness, flavour and detail into every single serving of soup.