A nice little cubby hole on a busy corner on a busy street, the prominent Segafredo branding was enough to raise an eyebrow. A proper commercial machine was further insight into the possibility of a good brew. The barista, a silent, intense local guy, looked like he cared what he was doing, spending a good few minutes playing with the grind and putting a few shots through the machine. The espresso he finally served looked the part, with a typical Segafredo light crema, but unfortunately didn't deliver on the taste front. The crema was thin and the whole shot watery in consistency and flavour. There was no aftertaste, a mass-produced-bean chemical aroma and very little to recommend it. The cafe itself was nicely presented with some soft, warm lighting and a small shrine in a far corner. Now I have to admit that for the past few weeks I've been seriously spoilt - Frisky Goat, The Corner Store Cafe and a whole host of Campos cafes in Brisbane and then a smattering of awesome brews in Melbourne. So, relatively speaking, Segafredo Hang Gai will give you a fix - but I wasn't sad to keep walking.
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