Well, it happened. Didn't think it would. Young, entrepreneurial Hamish closed up both his coffee shops, the last day being March 9, after four years of trading, firstly in Mayfield, then expanding into Newcastle city there on Hunter St. Perhaps a bridge to far? Despite his fastidious 12months of scouting for a 2nd venue and fabulous pre-Xmas and Xmas period trade once he opened did the light-rail (Back-to-The-Future) construction plan prove to be fatal for Locomotive? Despite the previous commentators' alleged disappointment over the lack of almond milk option, Hamish and Co. remained true to the bean and all that it meant to serve high-quality, character-imbued coffee, sans milk or so. Adieu Hamish, I have not doubt we will see you again. Let Locomotive arise once more, serving up a coffee with soul and growers name, not seen in Newcastle before. I certainly hope so. Leaves a big hole in Mayfield, that's for sure.
As keen coffee enthusiasts we were excited to learn of Locomotives edge and differences. We were intrigued to discover that each of the shots of coffee is weighted out, intern producing an exceptional and consistent shot each time. This encouraged us to travel some distance to try the coffee. Unfortunately, on arrival I was very very disappointed to learn that they DO NOT stock almond milk. I assumed that an espresso bar with such a reputation would be able to cater for all their clients by providing a range of high quality milk options. Extremely disappointing in today’s era with so many sensitivities to dairy and soy! Ryan ordered his triple shot latte and was very underwhelmed with the robustness and strength of his coffee. The atmosphere was slightly underwhelming as it was very minimal. The lack of comfortable furniture, soft furnishings and music and the harsh lighting encouraged us to get takeaway a leave quickly. This could possibly be intentional, we’re not sure. However, the service was polite, efficient, and very timely. Thankyou Locomotive for the experience.
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