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Kazbahtoo reviewed The Gresham
I've seen a lot of photos of the Gresham on Instagram, so finally I get myself into the City and try it out. Firstly the ambience of this place with its old pressed metal ceilings and fabulous light fittings is sublime. Staff are friendly and cute. Coffee is Tobys Estate and what arrived was rich, delicious and full of flavour. Great lingering notes on the palate. Typical Tobys. 😊 Perfect temp, some sweet latte art and I was a has girl. Definitely a place worth stopping at. Kudos team.
Kazbahtoo reviewed Foundry Artisan Coffee
Much against the grain of what I normally think of Westfield Shopping Centre coffee places, I decided to give it a shot after reading all the other reviews. hmmm might just be okay? It's definately in a nice spot against the big glass windows, you still know you're in a Mall but the fitout has a touch of grunge about it (thankfully) There sure was a lot of coffee paraphanalia to make me feel a bit more at home. And a nice big display of Dramanti bean bags. Now having loved the coffees I got at Dramanti I was hoping and praying. Firstly the guy who served me was hyper friendly, when I mentioned the relief to see Dramanti he got very in to chatting with us. And even gave us a couple of Cold drip El Salvador shot glasses to try. Nice. The flat whites came out with more happy chatter from this guy. However the latte art didn't look anything like some of the other impressive photos posted on here. The coffee was nice. Not outstanding, but nice and probably better than others I've tried at Indro. Not as strong and robust as I've had at Dramanti at Wynnum. They are using a 20gr basket, so I had hoped it would have a bit more omph in it. And not sure what blend of theirs they were using here? Good temp (not scorching hot like you get at some shopping centre coffee shops) So overall if I am at Indro again, it would probably be my pick of place to go.
Kazbahtoo reviewed Coffee Hit Indooroopilly
hmmmm disappointing. The big flag flying that made me hope I would get a truly skilled coffee, was that roaster sitting in the middle of the floor. Smells were wafting out in to the food court, yay. But sadly the coffee was over extracted, weak and a tad too hot. The cup size for a small is HUGE! I might have to order a piccolo if I ever go back. There was a reasonable crema and a wee bit of latte art....but really it was just 'get the coffee out and make the next one' type of result. I didn't feel like the barista showed the coffee the love. I sat opposite and watched her work. There was real hope here that a Mall could be the location for a seriously good coffee house, but on the two times I have tried it now....both coffees set the bar at mediocre. What a shame. :/
Well in the middle of the city, in such a great location and basically a coffee cart setup....with Circular Quay just across the street we had high hopes of a good coffee. On a three day visit from Brisbane, where cbd coffee carts produce some rockin good espresso, we thought it would be the same here. So before jumping on a ferry, we steered ourselves away from the bigger touristy waterfront cafes and came here. At over $4 for a small coffee, I was a tad surprised. hmmm thought prices would be more competitive here? Coffee took a while to come out as female barista was busy chatting to someone they knew and my coffee was being extracted and poured at the same time. Hubby said, it won't be good...she's distracted. But hey I know many a great barista who can do both! My flat white came out with a pale crema, NO latte art, not even a little white blob. It was pale, weak, insipid coffee, with a slightly stale bitter flavour. Two sips and we got up and walked. As the previous reviewers said....don't, just don't be tempted.....walk and find somewhere else. :(
Kazbahtoo reviewed Panhandlebar
Down in Sydney for a three day visit and was staying in the William Street area, had not had much luck in the cbd for a decent coffee and was getting really disappointed. Turning to Beanhunter to find a decent coffee in the Kings Cross/Potts Point area...we were directed to Llankelly Lane. We got to the Cafe and it was tiny, busy and as the day was cold and the the lane in shade.....we just couldn't do it. Had to find somewhere warm and protected. As we turned to walk away we saw Panhandlebar. It had such a funky fitout, smiling friendly staff and a nice roomy inside area, we jumped at it. Inside was a great looking espresso machine and Toby's Estate beans on offer. Our coffees were delivered fast and well made, rich and full of flavour. Simple and nice latte art but the dark delicious crema won me over. Just what had been lacking in the other coffees we had tried in Sydney. Overall the Barista was making great coffees, with a lovely lingering flavour on the palate. Food from a simple menu, and what we had for brekky was lovely. This place has only recently opened and I think may have been called something else prior. But it certainly has charm and loads of character. The retro, furniture, the miss matched chairs, the wall posters and the quirky cups all add up to a really nice spot to enjoy a damn fine coffee. On our next trip we would love to come back and see the Cafe booming and receiving more reviews. Find it, it's worth a visit. :)
Kazbahtoo reviewed Brewtown Newtown
Well coming to Sydney for three days I thought I would be in coffee heaven....but struggled to find a decent cup in the cbd area. I was so disappointed and then slapped myself...USE Beanhunter fool! So on a half day out exploring Newtown, I dragged hubby off on a hunt for this place. And am so glad we found it. Down a side street, in a fabulous personality loaded suburb was a big old two storey warehouse. At just after 2pm it was humming with people and we were greeted quickly by friendly staff and nabbed a seat. Most people were eating, all day brekky's, lunches and like us we opted for one of the to die for looking Cronuts! Coffee is by Brewhouse. Roasted upstairs and with some pretty serious espresso machinery on the bench, we had high hopes. The cronut actually WAS to die for. Sticky, sweet, layered and decadant. mmmm. Coffee was good, best by far that we had had in Sydney. Latte art was lovely, temp was perfect, extraction was excellent, lots of molasses flavours that lingerd on the palate. The bean may have still been a bit green...but other than that. YUM! So if you find yourself in Newtown in need of a good brew....and something delicous - visit here for sure! btw, staff were terrific.
I don't know how many times I have walked or driven past here? Today we decided to stop and try the coffee and sit down inside. It is a suprisingly lovely big space downstairs, with a lot of character and choice. Near the windows, in the sofa seating alcove. Damn nice :) There is a really interesting range of yummy looking goodies to eat, savoury and sweet. And a fair bit of it looks made on site. Nearly tempted to snatch a couple of the bite size egg muffiny/tarty things on the counter top...but instead went for the mini lime meringue tart and a mocha one for hubby. Coffees took a wee while, but they were pretty busy and we got a genuine apology when they were brought out. Staff are friendly and relaxed. They use a Mr Rush Merlo blend and it was a really beautiful and well rounded cup of coffee. Smooth with a lovely lingering flavour. Perfect temp, good crema. No fancy latte art, but just a solid and lovely cup of coffee. Hubby said he couldn't fault his. So though you may go past this and see the street service window and get the impression it is a takeaway coffee or sit on the street joint....there is a lot more going on inside. So take the time, go in and downstairs...it's a place you could linger a hour or so. :)
Kazbahtoo reviewed CAFFE IMPERO
Okay I was sceptical, inside the Mt Gravatt Target shopping mall. hmmmm I had walked past it for many years, I grew up here.....now visiting my folks and after reading previous reviews. Well I thought, here goes, try it out. So last week, I sat down in the outer mall seating after being served by a very animated enthusiastic woman. The cabinet was full of the usual food subjects in most standard cafes were product is bought in. I grabbed a macaron to go with my coffee. Well surprise surprise, the coffee came out with some pretty good latte art on top, a lovely gloss to the crema and a good rich colour. It's a big cup for what I am used to these days, but the old standard size. The coffee was good, flavoursome and well made. Temperature was a tad hotter than I prefer, but that probably suits the suburbs client base. Overall I would say a very enjoyable coffee, made on Veneziano. Not sure which blend though. So, if I should find myself here again in need of a decent coffee, or taking my folks out for a coffee....I would recommend it will not be disappointing coffee wise. The macaron sadly was not so good. :/ But hey this is Beanhunter, so the review is on coffee, atmosphere and service.
Kazbahtoo reviewed Hillbilly Coffee Espresso Bar
Well, it's been a while since I was last here. In fact the last time I was disappointed to see how badly the coffee had gone down hill since it first opened. We hesitated, but it seems to be such a lovely space, now they have opened up more seating at the back. Staff were friendly and we ordered some lunch from the cabinet and our coffees. I love Mt Tamborine and being able to get a good coffee up here would just be icing on the cake. So we waited hopefully. It was good, way better than we expected, stronger, better extraction and a nice robust flavour. The mouth feel was lovely and the temp was perfect. Overall a really enjoyable coffee yay! I see they are still stocking Hillbilly beans, so not sure what the story is with the roasting and location of the roasting but the result was nice.
In Surfers for the first time in about a year and headed straight for Black Coffee Lyrics....argh! Not open till 12pm omg! Okay Beanhunter time. I find that ESPL is one of the closest and better rated spots. So off we go. It's a little modern hole in the wall, in the new Soul arcade food area. Staff were friendly and super efficient. Wasn't sure how I would find the coffee after expectations of a BC Lyrics kicker....but it was good, very well rounded, good extraction, lovely temp, nice little bit of latte art. A good honest cup of coffee. I would easily go again if finding BC Lyrics shut. They also have a nice little cabinet of sweet treat to choose from, which were fresh, delicious and reasonably priced. A nice little find in Surfers! yay
Well I wasn't expecting much. Merlo is the brand and the last time I had a coffee here over a year ago it wasn't good. But I love the little space and it's seating outside in the dappled sun. So I am happy to say the coffee was lovely. Rich and smooth, good robust flavour, dark gold crema, lovely silky foam. No latte art but the coffee was too enjoyable to slam him for that. I grabbed a little macaron and it was a perfect 20 min chill out.
Kazbahtoo reviewed Nana & Da's
After seeing the write up on Must Do Brisbane, we couldn't resist stopping by this fabulous little renovated shop when in Kedron. From the outside you could see a lot of love and attention to detail was put in to making this old girl sing again. What is fabulous is the inside is even better. A beautiful blue wall colour just relaxes you, the ceilings are stunning, the old light fittings and the big bold wallpapered wall....wow! The more you sit and look, the more you see and appreciate. I think Jackie the owner said it was day 11 and counting. And we got the impression they have been hit pretty quickly with curious coffee lovers and locals. It was quite busy this morning. But we didn't mind the wait, as it gave us time to enjoy the renovations and read the Menu. We decided just to enjoy a fresh baked pear and walnut muffin with our coffees. Even though there is a full kitchen in site. The coffee is made with Cup's 'Five Star Day' beans. A fave of mine at home. It took awhile to get our coffees and we had well and truly finished our muffin when they came. But we know this is just running in issues. The coffee had a nice flavour and good temp. However the skill of extraction and pour was a bit weak. No latte art and a pale'ish crema. Not bad, just not up to the usual standards we see these days at new establishments. We will have to return another day, let everything settle in a bit. Overall I can see this place will become much loved and it is well due, the shop is beautiful, the prices very affordable and value for money is good. Kudo's to the owners on a beautiful reno job and here's to a great success for you.
Finally got the chance to get in to the City to try out Strauss. It's a very slick little set up, a nice clean modern looking lane too. You just have to love this new turn in using the dead ends and lanes of Brisbane for good coffee establishments. Nothing sweeter than being greeted by the site of that machine too. It gives you hope that your coffee will be as sexy and divine. Service was pleasant and professional. Ambience is slick, inner city and perfect for it's location. Love the ceilings and the exposed bricks. Coffee was expected good, not mind blowing...omg best coffee ever. But skilfully made, good temperature and nice flavours. I sort of hoped it would be a bit more punchy, but it probably suits the mix of city workers as it's customers. Overall it is a great spot for a very good coffee if you are in the City.
Kazbahtoo reviewed Ltd espresso brew bar
Another visit, it's been too long between drinks. Two coffees today and Luke just gets better and better. Beautiful flavour from the 'Old School' blend. A richness and smooth robust chocolatey notes, that lingered nicely on the palate. The temperature of the coffee here is perfect for appreciating the full flavours of the blend. Perfect coffee experience if you just love a damn good coffee.
Kazbahtoo reviewed Dovetail on Overend
It's not hard to be excited about the opening of this Café. Adam is on of the most passionate and knowledgeable reviewers out in Beanhunter world. Plus one of the nicest guys you'd meet. I have eagerly anticipated his place opening and trying out his coffee. I was not disappointed. The love and passion for coffee is very evident here. The gorgeous Nuova Simonelli machine sits beautifully in the tiny stunning inside space. The results coming from that machine and the Uncle Joes beans is just simply divine. Three coffees later - flat white, espresso and a piccolo and each exposed the beautiful notes of flavour. There is skill here not just passion. The coffee was robust, smooth and lingering flavours lasted on your palate. The milk was textured perfectly, with clean latte art on each. I. couldn't have enjoyed a coffee anymore. The location is pretty, quiet and leafy. ...just lovely. It's early days but I can see that this is going to become a loved destination. I am sure going to look forward to coming back. Especially when the food licence is approved. Kudos Adam and team. Truly a gem you gave created.
Kazbahtoo reviewed 52 Espresso
Visiting family and keen to find a good espresso. As I have been to Canvas many times before decided to try this place. You certainly get the impression the coffee should be good. The big blackboard promoting Cold Press gave me hope. Nice casual atmosphere, simple fitout and a tasty looking menu. Service was polite but a bit disinterested. Our brekky order got mixed up, so the girl who took the order at first brought out someone else's meal???? She realised just before we could take it back. Then my muffin was forgotten totally. 😐 oh dear. At least my coffee was right and gratefully very good. Smooth, rich flavours and well extracted. With some nice latte art to boot. Verdict food lovely, coffee lovely, service careless.
Kazbahtoo reviewed Cino Bambino
Having been here a few months back and enjoyed very nice coffee. We are back on our way through. And it was an easy choice to call in again. This is a lovely little space. With some delicious looking food. Using Marvel Street coffee our flat whites were well made, robust and full of flavour. Just an all round good coffee.
Kazbahtoo reviewed Stomp Espresso
Heading over to visit the folks at Mt Gravatt this morning and in need of a second coffee. Searched Beanhunter found Stomp was pretty close with a fair score. It is a busy busy local road and a pretty humming old group of suburban shops. Looks like the locals love this centre and Stomp was certainly the main attraction. It's not a big place inside or the outside seating area but it's a funky little space. Outside suffers from being very close to the car parking and the traffic noise, but still made desirable with a range of seating options. Inside looks lovely, cool and quiet with a big picture window to look out (if you can grab the stools to enjoy it) The Menu and the food looked good, however we just needed coffee ....oh and maybe just one little coconut macaroon to go with them! Coffee is Veneziano and although not my favourite brand of coffee beans, the coffee was well made and robust in flavour. I wouldn't say strong and dark, but very pleasant. Hubby's skinny looked a lot more like I want more coffees to look, but that's what I get for enjoying full cream milk lol. Overall there is skill and passion on show here, not all about coffee, but definately caring about their coffee. A good spot to pop in again.
We come down to Canungra region most weeks for Paragliding. When passing through Beaudesert it has always been difficult to find a decent coffee. I noticed the signage a couple of weeks ago and decided yesterday to actually stop and try it out. Firstly I love the fit out and quirky country charm they have given to this old shop. It really suits the town. Inside I was impressed to see a wall of T2 teas, a big filled cake display and lots of customers. Looking good! Service was friendly, helpful and delightful. The young dark haired girl was lovely, sort of refreshing after the attitude of some city Cafe staff! The coffee is from Aromas, the Organica blend. It was served hotter than in the city, but I expected that. Country fold prefer hot coffee. I also expected it to be a mild blend and it was. The flavours were obvious and pleasant. The blend was mild and sweet. No latte art here and not very much foam for a flat white. Though I have experienced this before in country coffees. Flat white sort of means 'like at home' If I wanted foam I probably should have asked for a latte? Overall it is nice to know I can find a reasonable cup of coffee when driving west. The service and the food alone is worth stopping for. Good value, honest portions and friendly service. A winner!
Kazbahtoo reviewed Vue Lounge
It's been awhile since I reviewed local Cafe 'Vue Lounge' and to be fair, I have been here approximately once a month since the last review. You see when it comes to a consistant coffee, this last year I have to acknowledge that Vue has been providing that. The Di Bella blend is robust and smooth, nice mouth flavours and a lovely lingering finish. It was well made, perfect temp for me and had what I love....a decent head of foam and crema. The food is always good value here, the decor is upgraded but I just wish they would re-do the torn upholstery on the bench seating. It's an easy place to come, knowing that you don't have to think much about getting a decent coffee....I also picked up some Felici beans to use at home. Thought not sure they are the same blend used in house.
okay hubby was out in this commercial hub for some work and I found She Bangs in the same building. Had to try it out. Genovese isn't my favourite brand of beans. But I have to say that the coffee I got was the best I've ever had for this brand. Lovely latte art, perfect temp, great extraction to give a full chorus of flavours in your mouth. Crema was rich and delicious, foam was silky shiny and like meringue. yum Definitely a pleasant surprise and a cute urban industrial use of space. Loved it.
Kazbahtoo reviewed Moray Cafe
oh dear.....as this is just up the road from us and has such a pretty fresh fitout. We decided to try our luck again at the Moray. oh dear.....coffees have not improved, in fact I think it has got worse. No care what so ever in the results in the cup. Even to the point of the young girl bringing my coffee out slopped in to the saucer and saying 'oh sorry I spilt it in to your saucer, do you want another saucer?' argh! I should have said 'no, I want another coffee - because even then it was obvious this overfilled cup was pasty pasty weak. No care in the extraction or process of this coffee. It was watery weak, just a very poor cup. :(
Kazbahtoo reviewed Merlo Coffee (Southport)
Well well well...it's been a long time since I visited Merlo at Ferry Road. Thanks to a move to New Farm! Stopped in here and things seemed as busy as usual. New faces behind the machines but the enticing smell of fresh roasting coffee hasn't changed. The coffees here on my prior visits had ranged from awesome to very average, but what never fails is the friendliness of the staff, their bean knowledge and the great value if you buy beans, get your free coffees! Today I have to say the coffee was nice, a tad weaker than I've had here in the past. Hubby's skinny was looking darker and more robust in colour. Overall it was a pleasant coffee, but by far not as good as I have had. We got a little biscotti on the side. The finishing flavour was a tad bitter?
I've been to Cafe Metz many times over the last 5 or so years. It was originally located across the road, until they moved to this big old Queenslander next to Canungra's park. The fitout and verandah is perfect for a country Cafe. The big decks will be lovely in winter and the food is very much suited to locals. It's homey, simple, tasty and fairly priced. Coffee. Merlo has been the brand at the Metz for many years. And as it is in many busy Cafe's, coffee consistancy can fluctuate with Barista's. Over the years I have had damn good coffees to very average coffees. Yesterday I had an okay coffee. Temperature was good, extraction was bit off, so coffee was weakish and pale in flavour. I can't say I would order a second one. But then again, I am not expecting Ltd Espresso or Dandelion & Driftwood style Barista skills here in Canungra. So overall I would say if you are driving through Canungra and you want to stop in a lovely location, grab a good value lunch with a coffee. Metz is a nice place to do it.
It's been awhile since I came here and passing by on a walk we decided let's try a coffee. It was pretty busy at 9am but we ordered our two coffees at the counter and sat inside. The food going past us looked divine so it amped up my hopes for our coffees. When they arrived they had some pretty latte art but you could instantly tell from the pale crema that it wouldn't be a robust strong coffee. It was a okay coffee, my hubby's skinny looked a bit stronger of course. The extraction was off, the flavour was lost and mild. The finish on the palate slightly bitter. A real shame. I kept watching the awesome food go past and just wished the coffee showed the same passion. Overall if you're coming here for food I think you will be blown away. If you're looking for a rockin great espresso only.....hmmmm I would suggest a couple of other local spots do it better.
Kazbahtoo reviewed Esher St Cafe & Deli
It was a beautiful morning and as we were passing nearby a perfect opportunity to try out Esher St. It was humming, all the tables out front were taken and I could see people out the back. A queue to order food in front of me and I was close to thinking 'maybe another time, a weekday' But a box table came free out the front, we snapped it up and ordered our two coffees. The girl taking the orders was lovely 'Sophie' I think? Friendly and helpful. The counters were full of interesting Deli goodies and giftware. It's a quirky and cute fitout, with a tiny tiny kitchen/service area. The revival of these old surburban stores in to Cafe's warms my heart. Nothing nicer than seeing people coming back to the old way of enjoying their local shops. Picked up a small bag of Veneziano Forza beans to try at home and got chatting to Jia, the co owner, he was a friendly guy. Obviously keen to get to know his new customers. He also let me know that they were opening a new Cafe at New Farm in soon too. So to the coffees. They were good, rich dark crema, a bit of simple latte art, bold robust flavours. A perfect extraction of a very tasty bean. Nice temp, though hesitate to say it might be a bit cool for some. However, I love the traditional italian style of temperature for serving coffees. It is definately a skilled and coffee loving barista running this little place. Esher Street is a busy suburban through street and definately a find in these southern inner suburbs. I would go back for another coffee when passing through for sure.
Kazbahtoo reviewed Puk espresso
Why it's taken me so long to make it here I don't know? But today on a walk to Southbank we finally sat ourselves down under the gorgeous big fig tree and realised we should have come here before! It really is a wonderful little spot. The seating area outside with the old wheelbarrow and cute bedhead sign really gives this space a retreat feel. The coffee was Moonshine and it was very tasty indeed. First few sips I thought it was quite mild in flavour, but as you drink it you start to appreciate the depth of the flavours and it finishes with lovely lingering notes. Nice temp and just a wee bit of latte art. Overall a cup worth stopping for. We also enjoyed a very fresh and scrumptious raspberry muffin. It really is a quaint and well thought out little space. I could see more delicious goodies available on the menu and think I will have to make my way back here to sit longer under the big fig tree.
Kazbahtoo reviewed John Mills Himself
So of course I had to make my way here. After reading Adam (Thompson's) review and trusting the quality and fairness of his reviews, it was top of my list to do. Though I did have to walk past Strauss to get there and I was tempted to stop there first. ;) It is a quaint, funky, fabulous little space. The exterior of the old building has enough charm to draw you in and yes it is smaller than you think. Though we had no trouble finding a little wall spot with stools. It was great to watch the numbers of people constantly trickling in here. Service was friendly and quick. Coffees were brought to us. We enjoyed a little fresh pastry and very much enjoyed the flat whites. Temp was perfect for me, but may be a bit cool for some tastes. I love the ability to taste all the notes of the coffee when it is this temp. It has a molasses sweetness to it and a lovely finish on the palate. Not super strong, but robust and full bodied. Overall the concept makes you feel like you could be in some Euro laneway, enjoying high quality coffee with bucket loads of charisma. Make the effort go. And if you work in the cbd, lucky you. :D