First off, I have to say that I am surprised that no other Beanhunters have given this place a review since my last comment 7 months ago....wow....this place is normally heaving, I would have thought someone would have something else to add.... OK, since my last visit, they have added a beautiful looking 3 group La Marzocco (not sure which model) which really fits in with the whole artisan French Patisserie vibe going on. The coffee that is used in Double Roasters, which I always find to be a fairly strong blend. This was no different. It was coming out a little fast, but not that much that it affected the coffee which was nicely rounded and had a great aftertaste. When you add that to what I think is some of the best bread and pastry in Sydney ( I just noticed that I wrote that last time as well...at least I'm consistent :-), this place is definitely worth a visit.
I normally agree with both Ichiban and KieranAllen on my reviews (give or take :-) but not this time. My coffee was pretty good, a little bit bitter maybe, but I think that that was the blend rather than it being over extracted. Also, the bread and pastries that come from this small cafe have to be amongst the best in Sydney. That may seem like a large claim given the quality bread that we get in this city, but I would stack this up against anything. Lastly, I was happy with the service. Given that there are many much larger places that deliver much less, I was pretty pleased. I'll be back ! (Now that I look at my review in detail, its not actually that different from Ichiban, except my coffee was slightly better :-)
Disappointing! Some good things here; the croissant and danish were very good. The service was also very friendly and passionate. Unfortunately and the most important thing for me was the coffee was under par! When you watch the barista switch the machine off mid flow you know you are getting a product that is not going to be up to scratch! I could and was tempted to say something; but when you are waiting and standing next to the busy ordering queue, unless you are completely heartless you really don't want to be embarassing anyone. Its the attention to detail that separates the best from the rest; if you are going to make the milk before the extraction fair enough, but don't sell me short because of your choice. Such a shame because there was a good coffee there fighting to get out! Could and should have been so much better; an extra 30 seconds and I may have had a perfect coffee. I would have gladly waited for an extra 2 minutes for perfection; guess what, if you don't care then neither do I, with so many good cafe's around the Inner West its too much of a risk here for consistency it seems, I doubt I will be back!
The coffee was fairly average. It was made using an automatic coffee machine, not a proper coffee machine which may have contributed. The service was quick and cheerful. There was no-one in the cafe as it was close to closing on a Saturday, so there was very little atmosphere.
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