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reviewed Black Opium

31 reviews · 15 followers · 2 years ago

They have 4 different cold brews on offer and a really cool vibe indoors. Small but high quality, and the service! Wowee the service was great, I'd probably come back just for the chat. Was here with my m9 Rob, who spent the whole time instagramming the place and talking about Norway. You might not have a Rob in your life, but if you do take him here.

reviewed Milk Bar

31 reviews · 15 followers · 2 years ago

Well, here's the thing fellow caffeine addicts. Milk bar was pretty ace, I had a great filter that was made even better by the company and exchanges between a friendly wait staff. The coffee was strong enough, like a middle aged man as opposed to something too strong like a body builder. And the flavours a rich bouquet of coffee related flavours. Yum delicious. Go here, you'll enjoy it.

reviewed Hatch

31 reviews · 15 followers · 3 years ago

Cool place right next to Homerton station. Inside you are seated on old recycled furniture and the façade of the building is made of assorted windows if all shapes and sizes. My flat white was delicious and the food selection very adequate and reasonably priced. If whilst you're there you feel the need to get a haircut, then look no further than Whip, situated on the top floor for all your hair shortening needs. Happy with the find.

reviewed Cafelix

31 reviews · 15 followers · 3 years ago

Tldr; Amazing Coffee. Go here please. When I left Melbourne I spent a day feasting on coffee because who knew when I would enjoy the supple taste of a magic again? After drowning in the misery that is Turkish Coffee I happened upon a day in Tel Aviv somewhere in my schedule and thought "surely nobody uses beanhunter in Israel..." How wrong I was, and how glad I was to find CafeLix! I asked the barista if he knew what a flat white was(probably rudely - I hadn't had good coffee in a month, grace is needed) then said "how about a double ristretto 3/4 flat white" to which he answered "why?" I sighed, shook my head, said Oi Vey! And said - make one for yourself too. The rest is history. The day when the magic made its way to Israel. A glorious day.

reviewed Vela nine

31 reviews · 15 followers · 4 years ago

Meh! Can't agree with the review who said "Melbourne Quality Coffee" - unless you spend your days at Red Cup in Box Hill... The redeeming factors of my fat (sic - due to its enormous size) white were that it wasn't burnt and that it had coffee in it, somewhere in all of that milk. Here's the thing: don't believe that one cafe in a coffee deadzone will be the answer to your holiday prayers. As one auspicious Australian once said "tell 'em they're dreamin"

reviewed St Ali North

31 reviews · 15 followers · 5 years ago

Great service, and love the atmosphere here as usual, unfortunately I was let down by my magic. Over-extracted and super sour, to the extent that I had to add sugar to make it remotely drinkable. I would hazard a guess that it's not what it usually tastes like but id like to think they could be more consistent. Maybe go here.

reviewed Cafe BÜ

31 reviews · 15 followers · 5 years ago

Cool upstairs seating area, with a really chill vibe. Ordered a magic and was pleasantly surprised by the flavours I experienced, a nutty bean with a beautiful aftertaste. Milk smooth and hot enough. Really great. Go here.

reviewed A Blessing In Disguise

31 reviews · 15 followers · 5 years ago

I first found out about this place from a friend, highly recommended for quick service and a nice atmosphere away from busy Victoria St. It was a little difficult to find at first, but once found I was not let down. Enjoyed a great Magic which was fruity with a smooth, well frothed milk. Its just a popup and may well be temporary but by the way they serve coffee it might have to become a permanent fixture. Go here.

reviewed League Of Honest Coffee

31 reviews · 15 followers · 5 years ago

Enjoyed a magic at this little establishment, great location and good service. Im not sure about the whole "no backs on chairs" thing that is prominent in the alleyway of Melbourne, but I guess if you're spending money on two coffee machines then you probably have to cut costs somewhere!

reviewed Mr Hendricks

31 reviews · 15 followers · 6 years ago

New place in Balwyn, looked good from the drive past so I thought I'd drop in to see what it's all about. Love the atmosphere! Very Melbourne with a beautiful deck and courtyard area out back. Ordered a magic, it took a while to come and was OK but not amazing, I can't imagine they have many people asking for them considering the crowd (Mainly grannies with zimmer-frames, or mums drinking coffee after dropping of their kids at school). But hopefully it will improve.. The coffee was a little over-extracted and quite oily. They are using Padre beans, which is nice to see and the menu looks amazing. Looking forward to seeing this cafe evolve.

reviewed Coin Laundry

31 reviews · 15 followers · 6 years ago

Not great. Every time I've ever been here, there has been a line. But it must be for the food, because my coffee was pretty bad. I order magic's everywhere I go. It's my favourite type of coffee because of its clean, usually fruity taste which isn't intense. So it's pretty obvious when they pull a long mach with extra milk. Intense, strong and bitter. Learn your coffee Coin Laundry. People know the difference between lattes and flat whites nowadays. Disappointed.

reviewed Ocean Bells

31 reviews · 15 followers · 6 years ago

I've only been in Watford a short period of time, originally from Melbourne where our coffee couture defines the city, and to be honest wasn't expecting much from any coffee shop out of inner London - where hipsters rule and flat whites are commonplace. Pleasantly surprised is my honest feeling towards Ocean Bells. I had two flat whites, which apart from leaving me shaking from too much caffeine were delicious. The been was beautifully extracted, and had a subtle hazelnut flavour, lightly roasted so not too intense. Complimented by a well frothed milk and smoothly finished art. When in Watford. Go here. Or catch the train to London and go somewhere else.

reviewed A.cafe

31 reviews · 15 followers · 6 years ago

This was my first coffee shop in New York and though it's listed as #10 in the Big Apple I was severely disappointed. The coffee tasted like a burnt variety of Vittoria (who ironically also make bicycle tyres - the flavour is similar). And the milk was horrendously frothed. To be honest, I'm not sure how this cafe even made it on to beanhunter. But, I guess each to their own. Don't go here for coffee. And don't go here if you don't want to pay an arm and a leg for food.

reviewed Stumptown Coffee Roasters (W. 29th)

31 reviews · 15 followers · 6 years ago

The first time I experienced the Stumptown coffee was at their origin in Portland, unfortunately quality doesn't travel well. The cortado I had was sour and bitter, and milk had massive bubbles in the foam, it wasn't the smooth, silky milk that you would expect at a Stumptown. It is however of a standard FAR greater than a diner coffee so I guess that's a positive. And the ACE hotel lobby is one of the nicest places to drink a coffee, but I would probably visit another store for the coffee.

reviewed Joe

31 reviews · 15 followers · 6 years ago

I was strolling through Central Park on a freezing winter's day and found myself hankering for a cortado. I was lead straight to Joe's after reading some other reviews, and I was not disappointed. The coffee here is good, and possibly the best I've found this high uptown. However, it's not great! My milk was over done; it looked (and tasted) like it had sat on the bench for 5mins prior to drinking. The bean was tasty, sour with a long finish. But it could do with a longer roast, it felt unfinished. The cafe is popular and the seats are few (Welcome to the NYC coffee scene!) but if you can snag one it's good inside. The service was lovely and friendly, and they have a good knowledge of locals who frequent it. Which is better than can be said for other US stores. Overall, I think it's worth the trip if you're in the area.

reviewed Toby's Estate

31 reviews · 15 followers · 6 years ago

New York cafés tend to serve the constant rush that is synonymous with the city and thus only really do takeaways, with maybe one or two seats. So finding that Toby's not only does amazing coffee but also lets you sit down to drink it is awesome. They list a flat white on the menu which is a sign that it is somewhat influenced by Australian coffee culture. The bean was nutty, with a fruity finish and milk smooth enough to compliment the good bean. Would probably prefer it a little hotter, but in NYC I'm not going to complain! Recommended, highly. If you can be bothered to make the trip across the river.. Which, if you like coffee you should.

reviewed Coava Coffee Roasters

31 reviews · 15 followers · 6 years ago

This place is cool looking. Massive interior which would be awesome for events and other such things. A few long communal tables made from reclaimed items, making it reminiscent of a Melbourne cafe. I love the Portland way of giving a run down on the beans they are currently using and asking for preference. I had a fruity Ethiopian in my flat white, an was impressed by the flavour, but the ever prominent milk problem arose here yet again. I really have no idea why a small flat white (or latter for that fact) needs so much milk added. It's ridiculous and just means you end up bloated and don't get to enjoy the coffee as much. I would recommend coming here, but if make sure you asked for a 5-6oz cup rather than their "small".

reviewed Water Avenue Coffee Company

31 reviews · 15 followers · 6 years ago

Water Avenue sits in the industrial east side of Portland, across the river from Downtown. It's a cool looking place, in a little complex with some other eateries making it worth the trek. The staff were friendly and helpful, even when asking for special brews (just less milk, Americans just love things huge, which waters/milks down the shot). Because they roast there own they have a good idea as to which bean goes with milk and which is best drunk straight. I ordered a cap and was pleasantly surprised at the single origin Indonesian light roast. Full of flavour and super fruity on the palate. The barista was lovely, and if I lived in Portland I would frequent this place.

reviewed Barista

31 reviews · 15 followers · 6 years ago

Finally a place in the states where the barista knows what I mean by a flat white! And they didn't give me too much milk, it was just a 5oz cup and it was perfect. Their espresso shot was technically a double ristretto which is apparently typical of cafés on the west coast. For me that was perfection, but if you like the full flavour of an espresso it could be annoying. Great venue, a little out of the way (I was at the Alberta store) but in a great neighbourhood. Venture here coffee snobs! They will serve you well.

reviewed Ristretto Roasters Couch

31 reviews · 15 followers · 6 years ago

New place on the east side of the river in Portland, the third of the ristretto roasters brand. A nicely laid out place with a huge variety of different brews. We were recommended to try their unique Steampunk, a custom built machine for creating a syphon coffee with steam rather than straight heat. Fancy iPad controlled device, and the barista knew all about the best temperatures etc. coffee was great, super hot but not burnt which was amazing. A little dusty, and not my preferred brew but still tasty. Interested to try a ristretto from here on a return visit.

reviewed Heart West Side

31 reviews · 15 followers · 6 years ago

Heart have two shops in Portland that I know of, this one on the West Side is reminiscent of the Melbourne scene, with a roaster front and center and a custom built machine (unknown make). They had three beans when I was there all home roasted, and the server was very keen to chat about how they roast and what shots they pull. They unfortunately didn't pull ristretto, which is unfortunate, but they knew what a flat white was. Had a cappuccino however it had no chocolate on the top which was strange. Beautiful flavour to the bean, and good consistency in the milk. This place is highly recommended if you need good coffee from baristas who know their stuff.

reviewed World Cup Coffee and Tea

31 reviews · 15 followers · 6 years ago

This place has another store in the middle of Powell's Bookstore, I couldn't find the store listed so I'll add my review here. Apart from having to explain what a flat white was the service was normal and reasonably fast. The location means that it's philosophy student Mecca, with lots of whiny hipsters complaining about irrelevant things. Including the barista. I tried to tune out and focus on the coffee I had needed since jetting out from Melbourne, it was good. Surprisingly, considering this is the USA. They use a double ristretto shot in all their "normal" coffees which is perfect (an espresso shot never really does it for me). Good milk, and good heat, would go back.

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