Ordered my usual double ristretto latte... Coffee was stale and overextracted. Milk was past even cappuccino levels of froth. The redeeming quality was the atmosphere in the café. Cute decorations; an old style percolator on display. I'd give them another chance if I was a local, but not a great first impression.
I have now been to Fuel twice. I was initially hopeful as I saw they use Bonsoy however was then dubious as the barista explained she did not drink coffee herself and therefore couldn't recommend a particular blend... I chose the 'octane' which is apparently a stronger taste however I didn't find it bold in flavour at all. The milk was also so over-heated it tasted like So Good. Almost undrinkable. On my current trip to Townsville I stopped in again (it's really close to work...) and asked a different barista to please not overheat the soy. This time the coffee was weak in flavour but not unpleasant. Perhaps a double shot would do the trick :)
I am not a Townsville local but I have already been to this place twice. It is a very unassuming place that you wouldn't expect to find so close to the airport. Outside it looks more like a roadside food stop, once you step inside and feast your eyes on their vintage Bezzera you know that this place must take their coffee with a dose of pride. Always a good sign. I have had two espressos from the here, now this isn't really a cafe where you can park yourself for a couple of hours and solve global issues. It's quick stop, almost 'hole in the wall' type of place. Now to the coffee, very European taste here. Slight caramel with a slight bitterness to it also. If you prefer mild coffees order a milk based one and throw in a sugar. For me though I like the taste. Check it out when you are in Townsville.
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