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Peterd0404 reviewed Shelfield
Campos produce a good coffee but the barista has to do it justice also. A great cappuccino takes focus and finesse to bring to a creamy state of perfection befitting the quality of the bean. Sadly the Mark was missed today. My cappuccino had little foam and just tasted thin and milky. The space seats around a dozen at a squeeze on bare wooden seats and a bench and is not the type of comfortable ambience I seek out for my morning chill time. I think there are better options in town.
Peterd0404 reviewed Rebel Coffee And Candy
Finally! A barista that knows how to make a cappuccino! It’s been a trial by coffee from Brisbane to Innisfail so far with one fail after another. Until Beanhunter guided me to this retro fitted little gem. Good coffee, good service, quirky, comfy little cafe. Highly recommended.
Peterd0404 reviewed Tide Cafe
Service with a snarl!! Sent back our two cappuccinos which were devoid of any foam and hot as hell. Explained to the grouchy serving girl that they were flat. She retorted with “No! A flat white is flat!”. I proceeded to describe the attributes of an ideal cappuccino whereupon she snatched my cup away and stomped off to find a suitable replacement. Said replacement was surprisingly adequate but, too little, too late. Wouldn’t recommend this place for a relaxed coffee experience.
Peterd0404 reviewed Coffee at Tiffany's
It’s Campos coffee which is usually fine except I think it’s time for the barista here to take a refresher course in pulling a good coffee. Temperature, extraction, foam all need some fine tuning as my cappuccino was scalding hot, flat and tasteless. Pity as the place is one of the few cafes with potential in the outer approaches to Townsville. It’s a long drive from the outlying motels to the Strand otherwise.
Peterd0404 reviewed Woodman's Axe
The friendly service is certainly the standout feature here. The ambience and comfort level is a bit lacking due to the tiny interior with limited seating. There is ample outdoor shaded seating but you’re exposed to cold winds in winter and I’d imagine it would be quite hot in summer. My coffee had great flavour and the temperature was just right but lacked the silky, thick head of foam that makes a truly great cappuccino.
Peterd0404 reviewed Fat Frog
Yes it’s a glorious waterfront location but: 1. It’s all about the coffee really and my cappuccino had not the slightest trace of foam on it. It was as flat and smooth as the sea views out front. 2. Ambience. The distressed look has been taken a little far with the clapped out metal chairs here. They are rusty, bent and twisted as I fear my spine will be if I spent too much time in one. 2. Service was fine but a little inattentive when asked if I wanted sugar in my sit down mug of cappuccino. Not a biggie but just not sharp. All in all I’d say things have slipped since the glowing reviews of a year and more ago. New owners?
Peterd0404 reviewed Dinglescafebar
Wow! What a departure from days of old when you left the big smoke for a road trip to the sticks and didn’t expect to sample anything remotely like a good coffee again until you returned! Well those days are thankfully over! What a class act this place is! Great service, fabulously presented space with a taste of local history and a perfectly presented cappuccino...temperature, silky foam, depth and flavour. Well done!
Peterd0404 reviewed The Olive Tree Cafe
Thanks again Beanhunter, never would have spotted this little place tucked back into a small recessed courtyard off Main Street. It’s not a flash fit out, quite retro and fairly sparse but it makes a decent coffee and provides free wifi. What more do we need?
Peterd0404 reviewed SnakeBite
My cappuccino was weak and insipid and was priced at $5.50 plus 20% surcharge for a public holiday. A slice of cake with surcharge worked out at around $11.00!! This business is indicative of the country wide tourist gouging that we’ve experienced since arriving from Australia a week ago. I guess you can charge whatever you want when there’s no need to attract repeat customers.
Peterd0404 reviewed Byron Fresh Cafe
What a great spot in the heart of Byron Bay! The floor staff are all lovely, the ambience is somehow buzzy and relaxing at the same time and the coffee is delicious! (as was the generously proportioned big brekky). Our new firm favourite in Byron!
Peterd0404 reviewed Heart & Soul Wholefood cafe
A shabby chic wholefood cafe in the heart of Grafton that’s pumping at 1.30 on a Tuesday afternoon must be doing something right! Only it’s not quite right for me. My cappuccino had very little foam and was just a shade too cool. The flavour of the beans came through well though, so not a total loss. The chocolate brownie was slightly salty and not sweet or sufficiently melting to be enjoyable at all. Also, no ice cream, (refer back to the “wholefoods” in the name). So as I said, not quite for me.
Peterd0404 reviewed Tartt
Coffee was quite nice but certainly not a great example of a cappuccino, more a flat white really. Why do I keep seeing more foam on lattes than my cappuccino in some places?? The staff are laid back to the point of laziness here showing a reluctance to provide even the most basic of assistance. The space is the best feature. An option of comfortable inside and al fresco seating with good shade and a sea breeze.
Peterd0404 reviewed Thom, Dick and Harry's
Seriously? This is the second ranked cafe in Broken Hill? I’ve already visited the No1 in town and they are galaxies apart when it comes to the quality of the coffee being served. There are very few reviews to accurately gauge this place by, and there are a couple of suspiciously high first reviewers back when it opened. My cappuccino had weak foam and equally weak flavour, even after requesting a double shot. Service was perfunctory and lacking in any welcoming graces with food and cutlery carelessly thrown onto our table. I won’t be back.
Peterd0404 reviewed The Silly Goat
Excellent cappuccino, strong, full flavoured and creamy to the last drop. The green scrambled eggs with bacon and Hollandaise were delicious too. Just a slight glitch with a forgotten second coffee order, otherwise would have scored a nine.
Peterd0404 reviewed Commune
This is a comfortable, cool oasis in a city of heat, humidity and frenetic sounds and activities. The space is laptop friendly (if you have a local SIM card) and the service is prompt and efficient. The coffee beans are grown and sourced locally and roasted in house. The common let down of course is the use of long life milk which is endemic throughout most Asian countries due to the absence of a dairy industry. It influences the flavour of the coffee and makes comparison with coffee elsewhere very difficult. Having said that, my coffee is well made with a silky foam, good strength and the flavour of the beans still comes through as smooth and non bitter. Well worth a visit.
Peterd0404 reviewed Toby's Estate
In Manila again and made a beeline back to my favourite coffee shop. What a disappointment to find the previous crew gone and the latest guys not quite up to the same standard. My cappuccino was lukewarm with little to no foam. The strength and flavour were fine but the execution was a letdown. Shame. There are actually quite a few strong performers on the Coffee scene in Manila now. I’ll be revisiting them over the next few weeks.
Peterd0404 reviewed Brewhouse Coffee Roasters
The service was excellent..10 out of 10 there. The space is a little lacking in comfort for an extended relaxing stay over a couple of coffees and a newspaper. I’m not a fan of long tables and cold steel stools. My cappuccino was well made albeit a little cool considering it was minus one degree outside. The flavour was mild and a little bland for my taste and the cup was one of the newly fashionable small sizes that I would normally use for a double espresso.
Peterd0404 reviewed Two Birds Cafe
Very comfortable space for my morning coffee each of the three days we were in Melbourne. Consistently smooth and creamy cappuccino with just the right strength, creamy texture and temperature. Their big breakfast (Morning Glory on their menu!) was also generous in scale and absolutely delicious. A warm welcome and plenty of newspapers available clinch the deal for me! I would certainly make this my regular morning haunt if I lived nearby.
Peterd0404 reviewed The Elephant Bean
An unappealing space offering little to no comfort or amenity. I was informed by the barista (who looked like he’d just arrived at work, unwashed and bleary eyed, from an all night rave party), that they don’t offer a morning paper to their customers. I left, bought a paper and had my coffee up the road instead. I foolishly decided to try again in the evening only to be served an insipid cappuccino, weak, tepid and lacking in foam. I give up!!
Peterd0404 reviewed Worn Out Wares
I just love this quirky, shabby chic little cafe nestled at the rear of a second hand shop in Stapleton. The coffee was delicious, served at just the right temperature for a chilly Winter’s morning and the staff were attentive and prompt. I highly recommend it for anyone passing through town seeking a comfortable place to break the journey with a great coffee.
Peterd0404 reviewed Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters
Just follow your nose and the unmistakable aroma of roasting coffee beans to this hidden gem tucked away in a side street of the Albion industrial precinct. My coffee was superbly extracted, full of flavour and with no hint of bitterness. The only point deducted being the lack of a sufficient head of creamy foam on my cappuccino. The toasted ham, cheese and fig jam sandwich was also delicious. Certainly worth a return visit.
Peterd0404 reviewed The Loaded Shot
Quaint little cafe with a slight 60s milk bar vibe. My Merlo cappuccino was par for the course, nothing exceptional and not too much to complain about either. The foam was a bit lacking with a ton of chocolate powder on top to disguise the fact. The temperature and strength were fine though. No compelling reason to return, but then again no reason not to!