I know these guys are more than capable of making an excellent coffee. I even saw the barista making excellent coffee. Sadly when our coffee arrived (latte and flat white) it was zero effort and cold (I’m not a hot coffee drinker but this was below 55 Celsius). Looked like something your aunt would make with a pod machine. The food was well made and I wanted to make excuses for these guys but it was not even busy. If I was the owner of this business I would enforce a bit of consistency and quality control. Sorry I really wanted to love my experience here as I read great reviews.
When back to One Drop for the first time in many years. The atmosphere is still corporate but greeted by friendly baristas upon arriving. Food is light and not complicate, and good selection of coffee. If you are not sure what is good, you can ask barista for his or her recommendation. They are so happy to help clients to enjoy coffee. Unfortunately, they are open from Mon to Fri, so unless you work in the area, you cannot visit.
One Drop has excellent bean selection, best-practice dosing, tamping and extraction so their espresso is excellent. Unfortunately, recently they've been lacking the same discipline in their milk. Take-away coffee, whether it's in their own disposable cups or a customer's reusable cup, often receives an unceremonious dumping of milk with the cup flat on the bench rather than a careful pour to balance the mixing of milk and coffee. This affects the taste and aesthetics and can produce an overly frothy and separated result. The dine-in coffees I've had, though, were done well. Most of the other cafés in the area are also doing the same thing with their milk, but they're not calling themselves 'specialty coffee' bars. It's a shame because they're nailing the espresso and I think that taking the time to give the same care to their take-away coffee as they do for dine-in would be worth it to provide a better product for their customers.
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