As a Melbourne resident, this was a beautiful little home away from home. Speciality coffee at its finest in the UK. Rustic and interesting interior straying away from the often sterile white tiles and light wood finishes popping up everywhere in Australia. Friendly and knowledgeable staff with a genuine passion for the industry. Had a beautiful Guatemalan espresso which threw toffee apple, stone fruit (more towards plum) and brown sugar flavourings all over my palate.
hidden up a little arcade opposite new street/grand central. lovely atmosphere, choice of beans (guatemalan and kenyan today) and the wonderful smell of sixteen kitchen which is attached wafting through. my kinda coffee place. nice strong coffee cappucino a little more bitter than the australian coffees, potentially would try latte next time. will be back :)
Let me qualify my score here; I didn't have a drink so couldn't assess anything usually rated on this app. I gave this rating as that's the average here and didn't want to unfairly drag it down. HOWEVER, this needs saying.... if places like this want to keep going we need to encourage drinkers to like good coffee. Most children don't start off loving good coffee so we need to take them with us and let them sip a bit of our drink. In order for them to enjoy the experience they need to drink something to. If the only non tea or coffee choice is tap water I can't visit if with my boys. At least get a very basic juice or milkshake option. I'm sure the service is normally good but it was very poor, even before I asked about alternative drinks, but as I say I've not marked it down. I don't want an "adult" establishment to be full of kids but let's try to provide non caffeine heads a choice.
Tried the Piccolo, Latte and Espresso. All great and the best coffees I've had in the UK to date. I don't have much of a sweet tooth so I didn't eat the cakes but others raved about them. Tricky to find (which I kind of like) in an arcade of New Street but worth the hunt.
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