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reviewed Bourke St Bakery

27 reviews · 3 followers · 4 years ago

Suitable chilled inner city venue with amazing pastries and high quality coffee. Very representative (in a good way) of that small scale cafe + bakery that this part of Sydney does so well. There's limited seats so be warned about when it rains: it's almost impossible to nab the two inside tables!

reviewed Coffee Anthology

27 reviews · 3 followers · 4 years ago

Impressive cafe which offers the complete coffee + breakfast or take-away experience, in a central locale and with suitable nouveau rustic/ modern décor. My only quibble was that initial front end server forgot that my friend and I had been waiting patiently for 10 minutes for a table. However after being seated, service improved significantly with clearly very knowledgeable servers. All in all, casually impressive experience.

reviewed Blue Bottle (Rockefeller Centre)

27 reviews · 3 followers · 4 years ago

My best overall NYC coffee experience Even though there's lot of cafes and coffee bars Midtown, and even though the espresso revolution has reached the States, it's surprisingly hard to find decent (as in well made and good tasting) coffee in to locale. Bluebottle is a well known San Fran institution that's known for being serious about their coffee *and* have the consistency in their brew to justify their reputation. So imagine my pleasure when I discovered their NYC outpost, and so centrally located (though somewhat hidden within the bowels of the Centre. Pay attention to the directions on their website). My two morning coffee + croissant experiences didn't disappoint so next time I need a consistently high quality (inner-west style) coffee experience Midtown, I'll know where to turn. (And even if a flat white wasn't on the menu, their batistas know how to make them.)

reviewed Thinking Cup

27 reviews · 3 followers · 4 years ago

Great coffee overlooking the Common Good coffee is surprisingly hard to find in the city which famously boasts the highest concentration of PhDs per sq KM, 33% of all US NIH funding and which was the heart of the Revolution. Though the latter was over tea.... That all said, the Thinking Cup makes up for a lot. My Aussie friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our flat white (done properly!!) and short black. Well brewed espressos by batistas who actually know what they're doing; tasty pastries; crowded benches filled with clever chatter and people appreciating their coffees. A great coffee experience in the heart of Boston

reviewed Coffee Branch

27 reviews · 3 followers · 5 years ago

*Great bolt hole inner city cafe* Recently returned from Adelaide after a 5 year absence and can attest to a noticeable improvement in the quality and style of the ☕️ and cafes. Coffee Branch is an excellent example of an efficient, high quality and friendly, bolt hole type cafe (though with a little out door seating). Neither my colleagues or I could fault their coffees and while I once experienced a problem with a food order, it was all quickly remedied. Well deserved of its place as one of the top cafes of Adelaide.

reviewed Urban Bites

27 reviews · 3 followers · 5 years ago

One of the many cafes along King St and near the mighty Campos, UB stands out for particularly friendly and efficient service (at least the two times we went). The coffees are solidly decent, the food well and portioned and there's a definite *Newtown* vibe to the locale.

reviewed Blackwattle Cafe

27 reviews · 3 followers · 5 years ago

I suspect that staff have changed over compared to the older reviews. My espresso was solidly decent, the service friendly and efficient despite it being a busy w/e with the locale remaining a spectacular view of Sydney's other harbour. One note, the park and therefore cafe is gazetted for off lesh dogs. Canine-a-phobes be warned!

reviewed Continental Stores

27 reviews · 3 followers · 5 years ago

My best espresso experience in London this time around with well crafted, high quality but importantly consistent FWs. Service is understand and unpretentious and the vibe of the cafe is perfectly suited to its Bloomsbury locale. I've said it before but even in as little as 20 months, there's been further significant improvements in the standard of London's coffee scene. There's little doubt that Continental Stores, Bloomsbury well deserves it's rank of one of 2014's top 3 cafes in London.

reviewed Tapped and Packed (Soho)

27 reviews · 3 followers · 5 years ago

While only a little over 20months since last in London, the standard of coffee has noticeably and significantly improved. Even chain stores can now do a decent-ish espresso but a place like Tapped and Packed makes a mean cup of java. Topped off by it's funky university / research institute surrounds, this place stacks up with the best coffee houses around. No wonder it was rated one of 2014's top 10 cafes.

reviewed First Draft Coffee

27 reviews · 3 followers · 5 years ago

Rated by Beanhunter reviewers as the #1 cafe in Dublin for 2014, one couldn't agree more. While the quality of coffee in Dublin was surprisingly strong, the Roasted Brown combination of flavour, crema, aroma and taste in their coffees was consistently top notch and up there with the best coffee houses I've visited in San Fran, Melbourne, London and Sydney. Set atop of the Filmbank buidling, Templebar the locale has a seriously understated but cool vibe and the level of service was consistent and high and the barista knowledgeable but unpretentious about his love of excellent coffee. In summary: if in Dublin one wants an excellent coffee experience, Roasted Brown would be a must see!

reviewed Tamp and Stitch

27 reviews · 3 followers · 5 years ago

This was one of top 3 cafes in Dublin for 2014 and now I know why! Seriously solid coffee effort: cannot fault an excellent combination of crema, aroma & taste with efficient roast and service time. The locale and vibe is uniquely fun: set inside a boutique clothing store, one can peruse the fashionable wear and still have a craic with Tamp & Stitch's very friendly owner/barista. Finally while I don't visit Dublin as much as I'd like, seriously hope Tamp & Stitch do well and still serving such excellent fare next visit in a few years.

reviewed 3FE (Third Floor Espresso)

27 reviews · 3 followers · 5 years ago

Marks for the look of the cafe, a decidly student/remote access IT worker vibe and locale. My two coffees were well above par for Dublin although the FW lacked a little smoothness. Another quibble was an inconsistency of service; while some serving staff were friendly and efficient, one did notice some people getting decidedly better service based on outdated cultural signifiers. That said, this was not a problem when ordering T/A.

reviewed Coffee Trad3rs

27 reviews · 3 followers · 6 years ago

It's good to see a cafe that is strongly focused on quality beans and brewing in suburbia. This is another place we visit intermittently but regularly when visiting family. I have always found the coffees well made and the baristas knowledgeable about their beans and their craft. The food is standard cafe fare but done well and the service efficient if at times a little impersonal. If you sit inside, ignore the crowds of people clutching their many shopping bags close to their chest (hard during the busy weekends) and the visual cues of medium end retailers then the experience is easily an enjoyable one.

reviewed Alpha

27 reviews · 3 followers · 6 years ago

Pablo&Rusty's started out on the Nth Shore before expanding into Homebush and now the city. I've only been to the latter two once each, so I can't rate them yet but am a semi-frequent visitor to the Epping branch. What I can say is that this branch seems to have suffered a little from the expansion. Perhaps it's my imagination but I'm sure the barista from the city store was one who used to pull a solid 8/10 coffee in Epping. The staff in Epping are still as friendly and cheerful as previous and the layout has that whole semi-rustic meets flash ikea look down solid. However there's now an edge missing to their coffee and on the most recent visit, I overhead a nearby yummi mummy voicing mild displeasure that her toddler's babycinno had not enough froth but too much milk. That in itself merits -1/2! Hopefully P&R can sort out these transition issues and return their Epping store to a north shore coffee mecca as the locale needs it!

reviewed Monmouth Coffee Company (Covent Garden)

27 reviews · 3 followers · 6 years ago

I try to head back to the old country every 12-18 months. Many years ago, Monmouth was the first London cafe which could match (if not exceed) the Antipodean coffee/espresso culture. While there are now many great London cafes (hard to beat a Chelsea bun + FW for breakfast from that little P&B outside the BL) I still head over to Monmouth whenever in London. It still does very good quality coffee; sources its beans from interesting locales while ensuring growers are treated fairly. The atmosphere is well unique; think very narrow wait area and crowded benches were you can really get to know that annoying random stranger sitting beside you! Service can be patchy at times but that's part of the charm. The Lonely Planet London guide once had this as the top cafe in the city and while I'm not sure if it still deserves such high praise, Monmouth remains an enjoyable high calibre coffee experience.

reviewed Duke Street Espresso

27 reviews · 3 followers · 6 years ago

Visited Liverpool UK for work late 2013 and when trying to decent coffee, stumbled across this excellent little cafe. Here is somewhere to get a well made and sophisticated flat white, a buttered croissant and juice a table away from the crowds and chance to catch up on reading and still have change leftover from 10 UKP.

reviewed Cafemissi

27 reviews · 3 followers · 6 years ago

Another haunt from my days of training as a gentleman scholar; despite the underdone exterior and cramped layout, the coffee is surprisingly good (Toby's Estate). Despite the high volumes during the morning and lunch rush, the service is efficient (though a little worse since key wait staff moved on). In general wait staff are friendly with the owners making a habit of learning regulars and their orders.

reviewed Runcible Spoon

27 reviews · 3 followers · 6 years ago

The locale is pleasant and surprisingly quiet, despite its proximity to Parramatta Road. The coffee is well made if nothing extra-ordinary. However what set's the Runcible Spoon apart is the high quality of the menu. From what I read, the owners trained as chefs in several top tier restaurants and have brought those skills and experimental mind set to an inner-west cafe. There aren't many places where you find Asian-inspired crackling pig rice dishes, middle-eastern flavoured deserts and good old fashioned bangers and mash but with a twist but all incredibly well made with unique flavours and tasting experiences. Come for the food even more than the coffee.

reviewed Three Spoons

27 reviews · 3 followers · 6 years ago

The coffee is generally well made, if let down a little by choice of bean while the menu, while mostly standard cafe fare has moments of Anglo-Asian excellent. However what really sets 3 Spoons apart from other outer inner west cafes is the service. From owners (the eponymous three spoons) to wait and kitchen staff down, they are never not charmingly friendly and always approachable even during the chaos weekend of the breakfast-brunch rush.

reviewed The Wedge Espresso

27 reviews · 3 followers · 6 years ago

The owners are serious about their coffee; you can tell by all the brewing paraphernalia and the glass filter, slowing dripping coffee into a large glass tumbler. The end product certainly doesn't disappoint. Good use is make of the narrow retails space; as many simple timber chairs and single tables are squeezed in as possible. Service is briskly efficient and the standard for the inner-west cafe fare well made and decently priced.

reviewed Luxe Espresso (Newtown)

27 reviews · 3 followers · 6 years ago

The coffee brew highlights the complexities of their bean while still giving having a real kick, there are a huge range of freshly prepared sandwich and pastry options available with the barista and wait staff clinically efficient. Customers should note that Luxe can get crowded, especially during food service and you may need to wait for seating. Also, accept that their prices reflect the preparation time and quality of the ingredients.

reviewed Cordial

27 reviews · 3 followers · 6 years ago

This probably isn't a very objective judgement as I visited this place a lot during my training (to become a gentleman scholar) and the owner and staff know me well. Agree that the shift from Golden Cobra to the other bean has taken the edge off their brews but the locale is great; just a little removed from the hustle and bustle of Missenden Road but still in the heart of Newtown. Service is uniformly good; even when busy the owner and the wait staff are friendly and efficient. Plus if you have little ones; they make excellent babycinnos!

reviewed Campos Newtown

27 reviews · 3 followers · 6 years ago

Campos is the sine qua non of Sydney coffee. Campos and I go a long way back; I'm old enough to remember it prior to its expansion to Alexandria, tasting rooms and well prior to the proliferation of Campos branded cafés. What they still do incredibly well is to repeatedly make a consistently high quality brew: no matter the number of customers waiting, the volume of the hub bub, the wailing of bored kiddies dragged their by their hipster parents or chattering of Sydney Uni students determinedly taking up their table despite having finished their late afternoon cappuccino hours ago. Long may it live!

reviewed Blue Bottle (Mint Plaza)

27 reviews · 3 followers · 6 years ago

Having developed a keen coffee habit and about to visit the US (from Australia), I did my research and visited what is one of San Fran's top rated cafés. Have now been twice and both times service was friendly, efficient and timely with that extra bit of effort that you don't always see back home. Went for standard bean and Didn't need to explain a flat white (+1). While the bean was brewed well, there was a little bit of edge missing for fans of stronger beans. Ambience is very much inner west Sydney style with clean lines and coffee bric brac and tech on display. Be careful where you sit, one outdoor facing set of benches occasionally catches a wifth of something a little nasty. In summary: having found a slice of Newtown downtown, I plan to go back before leaving!

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