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reviewed Behind The Beans

20 reviews · 4 years ago

Just a little hole in the wall next to the Glen St. theatre, it doesn't promise much at first glance, but this place is actually really good -- apparently it's an outgrowth of Background and the drinks are really on point. Best coffee I've yet found in Belrose/Frenchs Forest area and one of the top 5 I've had in Sydney. Wouldn't have expected this in such an out of the way spot. Friendly crew and good orange chocolate muffins to boot.

reviewed The Steam Engine

20 reviews · 4 years ago

Normally wouldn't double review a place, but the double ris latte I had from them the other day was the best coffee drink I've had in 2+ years in Sydney. So outstanding, I nursed it alway the way to Macquarie Uni Station.

reviewed High Street Bakery

20 reviews · 4 years ago

One wonders if these folks are ripping off Pottery Green (or as I'd guess for various reasons) the other way around. Cheaper baguettes and cash only here. The coffee is probably better than at PGB, the croissants worse (though not bad). We didn't think the wait for food unreasonable.

reviewed Dose (Sydney)

20 reviews · 4 years ago

Nice space, coffee was fine. A little nutty/vegetal for my tastes. You'd think they'd have been a bit nicer about not doing marshmallows with babycini--instead of any sort of smiling "Sorry, we don't do that!" a kind of flat, almost hostile "No." in replay to my query. Haven't been back.

reviewed Novo Coffee

20 reviews · 4 years ago

Thought I'd be missing Aussie coffee while in Denver for a conference, but this place was actually really quite good. The coffee was a little trebly for my tastes (bright without too much body) but well-made drinks (cortados, mostly) by attentive staff.

reviewed Number 38

20 reviews · 4 years ago

A reasonable option by the Normanhurst station. Coffee varies a bit by barista but is serviceable or better. Haven't tried the food yet. The staff seems eager to please. No EFTPOS minimum. You could do a lot worse.

reviewed Barber Shop Espresso

20 reviews · 4 years ago

This was much better coffee than we expected to find this far from Sydney. Just a small shopfront without much space to sit, but the owner is good natured and chatty and knows what he's doing. We went twice and the coffee varied a bit between the two days, but at its best was really quite good.

reviewed SteamTank Coffee

20 reviews · 4 years ago

This place, I don't get--I've been here 4 or 5 times and I've never had a great or even a good drink. As near as I can figure, all of the good press here must be based on milk-less drinks. If you're into lattes, etc., I'll bet you'll be disappointed. Super friendly folks, but my results haven't matched the elevated ranking. Sigh.

reviewed Chicken And Fishhead Cafe

20 reviews · 4 years ago

A good place to take kids -- two marshmallows on every babycino (plus it's across the street from a nice park by the train line; 4 year old bliss). For older folks, the coffee isn't bad and food is fairly reasonably priced (and there's no EFTPOS minimum). The whole package is a winner.

reviewed Pottery Green Bakers

20 reviews · 4 years ago

The coffee here ranges from okay to quite good (usually more towards the bottom of that range), but you should come here for the pastries which are world-beating. The chocolate croissant here (but, weirdly, not at the Eastern Rd location in Turramurra) is one of the best two or three I've had in Sydney (up there with more famous places like La Banette or Flour and Stone). Some great breakfast options as well.

reviewed The Steam Engine

20 reviews · 4 years ago

Don't get here often, but every time I've been, my drink has been fantastic. Great, flavor-forward espresso and superb milk texture. Haven't been as impressed by the pastries, but the folks there are jolly and this place fully deserves its high ranking.

reviewed Curl The Whisker Cafe

20 reviews · 4 years ago

Charming place and nice location by the Thornleigh train station, but the coffee here is too inconsistent. Teeters on the edge of overextracted and bitter--sometimes on the good side, more often for me, not. They also charge $0.30 too much for their drinks.

reviewed Karoo & Co

20 reviews · 4 years ago

Coffee is above average, but not earthshaking, but the service here is stellar, especially when the effervescent Murray is behind the bar. Will have to try the pizza at some point. Nice place in an unpromising neck of the woods.

reviewed Replay Espresso

20 reviews · 4 years ago

A consistently great latte (possibly improving over the last few months, even). A cramped, busy space (order and then go outside and wait by the window for your order) and pastries that are too expensive to mess with. Also, they do charge $0.30 more that Sydney Standard Price, but they are worth it, mostly.

reviewed Stanley St Cafe

20 reviews · 4 years ago

Coffee is consistently excellent. The owner is on the bar ~95% of the time and knows what he's doing. The food is a bit pricey for me, but the blueberry muffins (with cornmeal and coconut) are worth seeking out. Not everyone will smile when they serve you, but if you are from the East Coast in America, that kind of adds to the charm. Solid.

reviewed Coffee Brothers

20 reviews · 4 years ago

The quality of the drinks varies a bit depending on who is behind the bar, but in general ranges from quite good to outstanding. The food is good and cheap ($8 for breakfast/sandwiches). The pear and berry oatmeal thing was outstanding, as well. One of our favorites.

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