A pity I didn’t read the previous review as I too got the tepid coffee. It seems that too many baristas think they can tell the temperature of the milk based on touching the bottom of the jug, when in fact they are way out. Don’t know about 20 like last review but certainly under 50 degrees!
Reviews of Espresso Room (Canberra)
After battling through DJs and dissuading aged Uncle Finn from Dubbo from buying a pair of straight leg jeans, I encountered this cafe and took a gamble and ordered an ONA Black Betty. The brew was tepid at best and near reduced me to tears. Memo to the barista: temperature of milk somewhere in the vicinity of 65 degrees C should about do it, Sonny Jim. 20 degrees C a serious fail. Uncle Finn, already cranky, rolled his eyes and wiggled one ear.
The coffee here (black or milk-based) is consistently decent, likewise the service. And while I’m not one for overly existential pinings, the fact that a small minority of the staff have the personality and efficiency of a lone cinder block in an empty paddock, makes for a potentially mediocre experience. Any yes, the probobility of mediocrity is low, but the consequence is high (i.e. a lousy time). Anomolies matter.
Great ONA’s Black Betty blend. We had flat white and cappuccino and was great blend for both. Nice strong with lovely smooth overtones. The cafe has plenty seating. The service was quick when we visited. The baristas worked smoothly and quickly through the orders so people waiting for take away weren’t waiting long. Great place for break from shopping.