Everything about El Gordo was so promising - the beautiful little laneway, such a surprise in Bendigo's often bland retail landscape, the warm friendly welcome and excellent service, the "No. 1 in Bendigo" rating... Pity the coffee let it down - my espresso was bitter and thin, my partner's latté no better - these were not terrible coffees, but they were not good either. Ok, a top café should never let its standards drop, and I frequent several places in Melbourne and even a couple in nearby Castlemaine where I have never had a bad coffee - so to be fair I went back to El Gordo a few days later to try again. Sadly, the two espressos were not even as good as the first time. The search continues... I have yet to have a really good coffee in Bendigo, but I have many more places to try.
New owners have managed to, so far, keep the coffee as good as it was and the service is still great.
Superb. What more to say. When you see a place that is just about coffee and has a continuous line of customers and obviously dedicated staff you can have high expectations and. And they did not let me down. The map directions on Beanhunter aren't correct. Ok on Google maps.
Tasty coffee and attentive staff
good coffee. service could have been berrer.
“The one with the caravan in it” More than just a pretty face, Cortille is nailing some great coffee and great food. Plenty of good seating inside and pleasant spots out front, they really do the AXIL Coffee justice. To find a fault is that it’s noisy, the floors, walls, ceilings don’t do much to dampen the sound of the chatter ... so don’t take your nanna here or she’ll struggle.
Axil Coffee you are not doing this awesome little cafe it's own justice give them a decent coffee to serve or some more training. Great venue just missing that mouth smacking coffee!