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reviewed Urban Zinc

11 reviews · 8 followers · 6 years ago

This brand spanking new café at Blackburn station shops is a welcome new addition to a generally low quality café area. Having only had one coffee there so far it's going to be interesting to see the progress of Urban Zinc. The fit out is great, bricks and chalkboard with stylish hanging lights. Pablo is the man behind the machine and was incredibly friendly and welcoming to the new customers all keen to check the place out. Coffee itself was really good, the blend was strong and milk was smooth in my flat white. I'm keen to have more coffees and check out their menu too. Good luck Urban Zinc!

reviewed Elk Espresso

11 reviews · 8 followers · 6 years ago

Elk never fails to impress and has become a staple of my visits north. Had a deliciously smooth espresso today, full bodied with subtle fruity tones. The food is stellar, i only wish the breaakfast menu was all day! For those less adventurous coffee drinkers, get a Kickarse smoothie - best version of iced coffee i've ever tasted.

reviewed Axil Coffee Roasters

11 reviews · 8 followers · 7 years ago

This has become a favourite catch up/brunch spot for my friends and I - despite not being able to make a booking we have always been accommodated quickly, and you are able to sit at the bar and have a coffee while you wait for a table. The coffees are consistently smooth and offer a number of blends for those with adventurous taste. Their food quality is top notch! My only slight negative would be that some of our order was messed up by our waitress and she wasn't super friendly, but she may have just started her job there & we all make mistakes! Highly recommended anyway!

reviewed Workshop Coffee Co. (Clerkenwell)

11 reviews · 8 followers · 7 years ago

Stoked to find a Melbourne style cafe within walking distance of our friends place we were staying. Workshop became our local for our stay in London and it did not disappoint. My standard order was a macchiato followed by flat white. The espresso blend was tangy and delicious and flat white was special every time.

reviewed Wide Open Road

11 reviews · 8 followers · 7 years ago

Brilliant cafe with lots of personality! These folks take their coffee seriously, roasting their own beans and providing you with information on the current day's blend. Started with an espresso using beans from Kenya which was superb, following up with a latte with perfect milk. The wait staff were so friendly and efficient. The food here is also stunning, with breakfast available until 4pm. I loved the coffee so much that I ordered a take away flat white as I paid the bill. Looking forward to the next visit!

reviewed Nuts About Coffee

11 reviews · 8 followers · 8 years ago

Nuts about Coffee is an absolutely must visit place. I go there so frequently now that all the staff know me and my order. Blackburn station hasn't always been known as coffee quality central, so this little treasure is almost something I wish I could keep to myself! Word of mouth is a powerful thing in these parts, and Blackburn locals certainly know now that this place exists. It is constantly packed but you never have to wait too long for your coffee, which I must add is both organic and fair trade. Barista Mike is one of the best I've ever known, a quiet achiever who learned from masters of inner-city Melbourne favourites. The even better thing about this delightful location is that it won't cost you a bucket to get a bucket worth of the golden liquid. Extremely reasonable costs for extremely quality coffees. They even throw in a free sesame nut slice with every order. Do yourself a favour and check it out!

reviewed Charlotte's Corner

11 reviews · 8 followers · 8 years ago

Charlotte's Corner is brand new to Blackburn South, entering the shopping strip there as the only cafe of its kind. Considering they've only just opened their doors, the folk at CC have done an ok job. The milk in the coffee itself was smooth and well textured, but could have been slightly stronger to really win me over. I asked for the second to be made strong but unfortunately it came out just the same. The takeaways are in plain cups with their own branding, but I forgot to find out which beans they use. The owners are probably still ironing out some opening jitters, with some staff not really sure how to approach customers, not knowing much about the menu and general friendliness lacking. The visual landscape of the place is pretty appealing, with gorgeous red brick walls and wooden benches for the serving area. They could do with some good heating to combat the particularly cold days we've been getting, but this could also be attributed to its early days of existence. Whilst my initial review may not sound all that inspiring, I feel that Charlotte's Corner has a lot of potential. I'm looking forward to giving them some time to get settled and know their clientele and hopefully can review it again with much more positivity. Blackburn South could really benefit from a well run cafe. My suggestion would be to give it a go and keep in mind that they've just started, but it doesn't manage to make it to the list of regular stops yet.

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