i'm no coffee critic but every time i go to the Cartel they seem to make a damn good coffee, i alway get a double mac and it alway comes the right colour (dark & golden). im not one to write on these types of sites but i read the comment before me i thought i would write one and all i really have to say is that they must be doing something right to get a coffee cup rating in the SMH 2011 cafe guide.
Cool vibe, nice cheap food and decent music. Unfortunately the coffee just isn't very good! Shots pour in about 10 seconds, not ground fresh to order, milk continuously reheated (and hot milk even poured back into cold bottles!) and consistency between baristas is all over the place. If only they would put as much effort into the coffee as they did creating the cliche fixy hipster haunt.
My favourite cafe in Manly. Awesome coffee, food, service, decor and the friendliest owners and staff. My favourite brekkie options are the vegemite and cheese jaffle and the corn fritter stack with Mick's yummy avocado salsa. I have also been there on a Thursday night for dinner - salad, choice of three pastas, dessert, bread and espresso - great value at $25 a head. I highly recommend the Belgrave Cartel.
While I can't fault the atmosphere or the vibe of the cartel, the two times I have been there the coffee has been gross - bitter, astringent and generally lacking any positive characteristics espresso should have. The milk was too hot as well. You can do a lot better than this in manly!!
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