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reviewed Blue Espresso Bar

8 reviews · 2 years ago

I checked Beanhunter before looking for coffee on a bleak, quiet day in Gerringong, and had decided on trying this café because a Toby’s Estate made well is a coffee I can enjoy. Plus there were 43 reviews and 8.2 overall rating—good enough for me! Surprise, surprise! On arrival I was delighted to discover the café actually uses (my favourite) beans from ONA in Canberra. So if this listing still says T’s Estate, it’s wrong. It was a bit late for me to have a ‘real’ coffee, so I tried a decaf, something I usually avoid. The decaf latte was excellent. I’ll definitely go back to Blue Espresso for a ‘real’ coffee another day during my short stay.

reviewed Loustic

8 reviews · 3 years ago

I’ve visited Café Loustic a number of times over a couple of years. The coffee is always great. I’ve taken different friends at different times, and everyone has enjoyed it. On previous visits the owner from UK has been friendly and talkative, but on the day we visited this time he was a little brusque and unfriendly. He seemed to be the only person serving plus pulling coffees, and it was getting a little busy. On previous visits there have been additional staff and they’ve always been friendly and helpful. We’ve had more friendly service than not at Loustic, so if you catch them on a bad day, don’t write them off—it’s usually good. Certainly the coffee has always been excellent, and the ambience is warm and relaxed. We’ve always enjoyed the food options here—the vegetarian savoury flans and filled bagels are excellent. None of the food is prepared on the premises. Their independent food suppliers are listed on the Café Loustic website. No credit is listed for the bagel suppliers, but we understand they are from Bob’s Bake Shop—part of the Bob’s Juice Bar group. The cakes are deliciously home-style, and most of them would be familiar to Australians, English and Americans. Proper scones too. Don’t expect French patisserie-style cakes here. I’m not sure why this café is described as ‘small’ on another review—it has quite a few tables up the back. Compared to Boot Café and Ob-la-di it’s positively huge (see pic). If you feel a little cramped seated opposite the counter, go beyond the counter, up the stairs to the raised level where there are tables and chairs. There is space for groups on the raised level, but not near the service counter—unless you are all happy to sit in a row on the fixed bench. Loustic is a good choice if you want excellent coffee AND a reasonable selection of ready-made café style food.

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Loustic

3 years ago

Hello, Thank you for your kind review and repeated patronage. I would like to apologise for being "brusque and unfriendly" on your last visit. As you guessed correctly, you probably caught me near the end of a 31-day stint working alone, but that is no excuse. Please accept my apologies and thank you for sticking with us! Channa

reviewed Fondation Café

8 reviews · 3 years ago

Note this café is reviewed on Beanhunter as ‘Foundation Café’ and 'Fondation Café', so I’m posting this review on both. We visited the café on the last day the owner (from Sydney) was running it. He said the café had been sold to French owners, so this review is based on the café as it was, pre-12 Sept 2016. We enjoyed a good café crème (closest thing to a latte in Paris) and espresso, plus a cheesecake. No complaints—he knew how to make coffee, though it wasn't one I'd write home about. I didn't try the cheesecake but it was enjoyed by those who did. Sadly, chocolat chaud was unavailable for one of our trio—the stocks of chocolate had run out. Alternatives to coffee were few, so if you're avoiding caffeine, your options are limited. Perhaps this was due to the change of ownership, and the usual alternatives hadn’t been restocked. The café is minimalist in décor with a view to a green park at the end of the street. The entire front is glass, making the small interior light and clear. Fondation was well-patronised during our visit. Most customers seemed to be regulars—a good sign—and English was spoken as much as French. The owner obviously built up a loyal following. Hopefully it will continue to be worth visiting under new ownership. I'd go again if I was in the area but wouldn't make a special trip unless you're on a Paris café comparison crawl. I prefer the coffee at Ob-la-di, Loustic, Boot Cafe and KB. To be fair, the barista/owner seemed tired and said he was looking forward to having time off, so we clearly didn’t catch him on his best day. Give it a try and post a 'new-ownership' review if you visit Fondation.

reviewed Fondation Café

8 reviews · 3 years ago

Note this café is reviewed on Beanhunter as ‘Foundation Café’ and 'Fondation Café', so I’m posting this review on both. We visited the café on the last day the owner (from Sydney) was running it. He said the café had been sold to French owners, so this review is based on the café as it was, pre-12 Sept 2016. We enjoyed a good café crème (closest thing to a latte in Paris) and espresso, plus a cheesecake. No complaints—he knew how to make coffee, though it wasn't one I'd write home about. I didn't try the cheesecake but it was enjoyed by those who did. Sadly, chocolat chaud was unavailable for one of our trio—the stocks of chocolate had run out. Alternatives to coffee were few, so if you're avoiding caffeine, your options are limited. Perhaps this was due to the change of ownership, and the usual alternatives hadn’t been restocked. The café is minimalist in décor with a view to a green park at the end of the street. The entire front is glass, making the small interior light and clear. Fondation was well-patronised during our visit. Most customers seemed to be regulars—a good sign—and English was spoken as much as French. The owner obviously built up a loyal following. Hopefully it will continue to be worth visiting under new ownership. I'd go again if I was in the area but wouldn't make a special trip unless you're on a Paris café comparison crawl. I prefer the coffee at Ob-la-di, Loustic, Boot Cafe and KB. To be fair, the barista/owner seemed tired and said he was looking forward to having time off, so we clearly didn’t catch him on his best day. Give it a try and post a 'new-ownership' review if you visit Fondation.

reviewed Budapest Baristas

8 reviews · 3 years ago

Found this café via Beanhunter and am happy to second those who recommended it. My latte was perfect by Aussie standards, the staff were helpful (esp since I was negotiating the steps with a pram and toddler). The café was very clean and light. I'll definitely return before leaving Budapest. Highly recommended.

reviewed Native.

8 reviews · 4 years ago

Great coffee, excellent view, lively Sunday morning ambience. Relieved to find such good coffee in Ulladulla. Smooth, not bitter or acidic. Loved the Will & Co china latte sets—after the alarming "Oh no!" thought that they were paper takeaway cups as they arrived. Don't trick me like that guys… First café choice in Ulladulla for me from now on. Menu looks great too, though I've yet to try the food.

reviewed Coffee Anthology

8 reviews · 5 years ago

Finally got to see why all the reviews of Coffee Anthology are great reviews. Lovely venue, good location towards the Botanical Gardens end of town, clean and modern while being warm and welcoming. The selection of Melbourne specialty roasts is awesome. The coffee was perfect and the food yummy. Adam, the owner, is generous with his knowledge, and knows his coffee! His 'thing' is to showcase Melbourne roasters. I had a perfect latte by Cartel Roasters followed by a delicious espresso from Proud Mary. The first of what I hope will be many visits to this inviting CBD café. You won't be disappointed if you visit this café.

reviewed Ainsdale St Espresso

8 reviews · 5 years ago

A friend who lives in this area recently introduced me to Ainsdale St Espresso. It was her first visit too. What a find! Located in a somewhat desolate old shopping strip, the café is a real surprise. Décor is garage-sale/op-shop and feels welcoming and friendly. The staff member Alyce (pictured), was lovely. We were made to feel very welcome. Sunshine poured onto the outdoor area, though it was a bit windy the day we visited. Alyce made a sensational latte, even though it wasn't served in glass (which I'd prefer). My friend had a flat white and was equally impressed. Although the cafe uses only one 'specially-made-for-us' blend, it was excellent. A selection of GF treats was available, but sadly no savoury or cooked food at the time of this review. We were told they are yet to obtain a full food prep license. If you're in the uber-suburban area around Chermside and are seeking a good coffee to recover from (or survive) the experience, this café is worth visiting. I loved this little café!

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