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I travelled to this place last week and I have no idea what all these great reviews are talking about. The Asian man made me a ridiculously terrible coffee. The lady who served me gave me no better service than you get from a busy supermarket attendant. I honestly have to wonder if people are reviewing a different place.
Natural Ethiopian as an espresso in a lovely wabi-sabi cup - some sour cherry and dark chocolate with a clean finish - tasty. Natural Ethiopian Gesha as a pour over had a silky mouthfeel, smooth blackcurrant flavour – overall was milder than what I would expect from a high-quality Gesha
I must have had a dud coffee looking at the other reviews. The palate was (in my terminology) thin and pinched. The milk, while textured correctly, had a dusty/floury feel - maybe from reheating? The end result is that, on leaving, I had an unpleasant aftertaste in my mouth. All this despite the apparent care shown by the baristas, e.g. weighing coffee for shot. Would I try there again? Probably not.
The lack of hipster decor might lead you to believe the coffee at Normcore is lacking - it is not! I travel the world drinking the best espresso in bespoke coffee joints wherever I go and I can say this is the best coffee I have had in Sydney - ever! I gave Normcore a 5 for atmosphere yet their service and coffee is exceptional which turned my review around. You may think this is a problem? No. I want the best coffee from people who are experts yet take care of you ... the atmosphere comes last. Normcore is not a flashy superficial trendy coffee takeout - they have made me want to travel back to Sydney for another cup of their joe ...
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