Reviews

reviewed The Hub @ Varsity

8 reviews · 4 years ago

I wrote a review below of a disappointing experience I had. Despite this, I think comments like 'not a serious coffee venue' are unduly harsh. The 10 ratings are also extremely undue. I have already said that this place is by far the best in its locality, bu t it is a long haul from some of the best coffee shops in SE Qld. Those who give it anything more than a 7.5 desperately need to visit some other high rating coffee shop instead of jumping to the defence of their hip new hang out. We don't need more arrogant coffee shop owners out there. I think it is positive that they now alert customers to what they are serving. Like I have said, I don't like all single origins and like to decide what I want to drink - a double ristretto is potent, over quickly, yet lingers. I appreciate that they have been honest enough to let us know its a Wolff blend (I knew that when I tasted it, the major roasters produce identifiable flavours) - you ought to give credit when that's half of your success. Thus the points that give this place real credibility are its equipment and its product. The inconsistency, lack of knowledge and quality of customer service are points which a good establishment must always endeavour to prove. You do not deserve anything more than a 7 at this point in time. In time, with experience, you should and hopefully will improve. Don't let your eager locals make you arrogant.

reviewed Cleanskin Coffee Co

8 reviews · 4 years ago

My favourite coffee. I actually prefer the flavour Mark brings even over Mecca. Just awesome. I don't even care about the location, I just come to drink and talk coffee. My favourite was a blend from last winter that had 5 beans, but in which the harar cut straight through. Mmmm. No other cat is doing that, it's all bean citrus this year. Yep, my fave for shiz.

reviewed One Drop Specialty Coffee

8 reviews · 4 years ago

Winner. Still my favourite. It took a couple of seconds to adjust from Cleanskin to Wolff, but whatever... This is my first pick to take people on their first step to recovering from the psychological disorder of drinking trash. Coz these guys are better than you. End of story.

reviewed Dark Horse Coffee

8 reviews · 4 years ago

First time I went I was concerned at the use of Campos - since John started letting any old schmuck use it I have had some tragic experiences. But the first double ristretto was magnificent - better than anything Campos has been able to serve me in years. So I wondered if it was a fluke and went back. And then again. And again. Jesse is really able to pour a good coffee. In fact, two of the three baristas produce consistently good coffee. The third tends to over extract consistently and hasn't got the knack of milk texturing, but I'm sure that you wouldn't notice if you were a latte drinker. Their food is also fantastic. A lot of it is organic, and its worth coming back for more. Best of all, it's just down the road.

reviewed The Hub @ Varsity

8 reviews · 5 years ago

My follow up visit was not as pleasureable as the first. The staff were difficult to get the attention of. I ordered an omlette which was quite bland and needed sauce, and I was given no condiments, including butter, for the toast. I once again ordered three double ristrettos, but the first was over extracted (and visibly so - it should not have made it to the table). The second was full of grounds - one sign of amateur hour, so I changed the third to a piccolo, which came out bubbly - another sign of the same. Unfortunately it seems consistency is an issue.

reviewed The Hub @ Varsity

8 reviews · 5 years ago

After seeing this place had a 9 on this site, I figured I had to check it out. I got a bit concerned when I got there coz it looks like a Uni students den... But any equipment head knows a FB80 when they see one, so I pushed forward. Was disappointed to note that they don't offer any hot filters. Then I was also disappointed when the friendly young bloke behind the machine couldn't tell me anything beyond 'this is a blend, and this is a single origin'. That's cool, if its Mt Merthi.or anything from Indonesia I don't really like it. I need more information. I then proceeded to try 3 double ristrettos, 2 on 'the blend' and one on 'the single'. The blend was quite a light roast, not quite as light as a filter roast. The single was quite dark. It produced a full body which I enjoyed. I will note to his credit that the barista threw out one coffee, the extraction of which wasn't perfect. I quite enjoyed the results. quite balanced and easy on the palate, if relatively unadventurous. I can see that, compared to anything else on the gold coast, these folks are miles ahead. Still not the level of some of the Brisbane shops though. But given the trash which is otherwise around here I can see why some excited locals have hastily given it 10s.