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JB0101 reviewed Forbes and Burton
Cafe owner denied a Brazillian man a job "because he was black, and my customers don't want a black person making their coffee. I don't think black people can make good coffee." Wow. What a racist. Looks like from the reviews whoever he has employed can't make coffee either. Put him out of business I say.
JB0101 reviewed The Butchers Block
Summary: Food - Poor. Coffee - Poor. Service - Fair. Atmosphere - Good. Detail: Coffee had an ashy bitterness and stale taste. Stale is obvious - not grinding fresh. Ashiness, not sure how you accomplish this on a GB5. Just plain poor. Both burgers had sickly sweet buns and sauces, couldn't finish them. The salads were way too basic for the price, and didn't even have great flavor. The atmosphere is nice, the service was ok. I'm not coming back.
JB0101 reviewed Anvil coffee co
Very good. Double espresso was made properly (not as a ristretto!) and served with a mineral water and sample of the ground coffee to smell - great idea and experience. Flat white and LB both made very well too, and the food was good as well. Very cool location too.
JB0101 reviewed Pablo and Rusty's Gordon
Seriously great coffee, getting better and better. These guys know their coffee and know how to make it shine! My pick is either their piccolo (150ml ceramic, perfect milk coffee size) on the SO if it's a goodie in milk, or a batch brew - Do yourself a favor and check it out.
JB0101 reviewed The Laneway Espresso
These guys are quite inconsistent now, it totally depends on who's behind the machine. I have had some fabulous coffees from one guy a few months ago, but some very poor ones from other staff more recently. They really need to get a couple of good baristas to turn out moe consistent quality.
JB0101 reviewed The Butchers Block
The fit out is cool and the food is nice - but this is a coffee review site, and the coffee here was so bad that we only had about 1/4 of each. There are many cafes taht produce average to poor coffee - but there aren't many that I can't finish - but this was one. Watching the guy behind the machine and it made sense - doser is always full of old stale grinds, the basket wasn't not wiped out, group wasn't flushed, shot ran way too long and the milk was burned and steamed ahrd not silky. I was really hoping this place would be good - even acceptable - but it just wasn't. If you want a good coffee in Wahroonga, go down the road or round the corner.
JB0101 reviewed Brother Baba Budan
Oh man, so good. Down from Sydney for the weekend and stopped in for a coffee Sunday arvo. Stayed for another. We had a pourover, cap, a so espresso - and then another so espresso it was so good. Came here about 9 months ago and still amazing. So few places hit the nail on the head - this one smashes it.
JB0101 reviewed Workshop Espresso
Not great experiences here. First time they served me my espresso in a paper cup. I didnt ask for takeaway, and who serves espresso in a paper cup? Second time I had a long black. I was charged $4.50. That's almost five bucks for a coffee! I was offended but thought I'm prepared to pay a premium price for a premium coffee. It wasn't premium at all. It got worse as it cooled instead of better, meaning it was extracted poorly. Very disappointed. Had better service, coffee and prices within 2 mins walk.
JB0101 reviewed Tablespoon
Tried this place a few times since my last review... mainly because so many other people rate it so highly. I don't understand why. It's better than places that fill the doser with stale grounds and burn milk, but not by much. The coffee is slightly above average at best. Go here if you need heaps of space for meeting with large groups of people, otherwise go to one of the number of small boutique cafes around the North Shore that really know coffee and produce the goods. There are a handful within about 10 mins drive of Lindfield that rock.
JB0101 reviewed Auction Rooms
This is quite a cool place, but I feel like its trying to be too many things at once. I guess that's why it gets good reports in the media but it's a bit too much in my opinion. Service was good and helpful, the manual brew bar is cool, and having a Robur for decaf is pretty committed! Coffee was very good, but still gets outdone by the handful of places turning out the best in Melbourne. Worth a visit!
JB0101 reviewed Monk Bodhi Dharma
Great little coffee joint. Very good and knowledgable service from the staff, very focused and passionate barista! Wife had a cap and I had a syphon, both were very good. These guys know their stuff, make awesome coffee, and the place is a buzz to be. Definitely get there!
JB0101 reviewed Seven Seeds
Very cool refurb of an industrial sort of room and you can smell roasted coffee from a while away. Service was great and the staff very knowledgeable about the coffees on offer. Ordered a cap and long black and both were very good. Smooth sweetness from the house blend and citrus and lime from the the SO long black.
JB0101 reviewed Proud Mary
Awesome - definitely one of my favorites. Atmosphere is great, styling is cool but a bit different to most cafes. Service was excellent - as I was looking at the descriptions of the coffees I was asked by 4 different staff if they could help, and chatted to one for a few minutes even though the cafe was packed. My long black was great - bright with blueberries, just like the tasting notes and my wife Brazilian cap tastes like liquid snickers - so nutty and sweet and smooth. And that 6 group, wood handled Synesso is AMAZING!