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reviewed Bondi Hall

46 reviews · 4 followers · 2 years ago

So underwhelmed... This place is meant to be part of the Reuben Hills / Paramount Coffee Project team (which are two of my favourite cafes in Sydney) But this place was just terrible. I gave them two chances on coffee (strong piccolo both times), each attempt was weak, acidic, just poorly extracted. The milk had been destroyed too... no body to it, most likely burnt with in an inch of its life. Food was also disappointing. Menu reads really well, but is just not executed. My meal was so bland it seemed like it had been soaking in a bucket of water for a week. I had high hopes for a decent experience here, since the vast majority of Bondi cafes are just filth, but unfortunately this place gets added to the rubbish list.

reviewed Kingswood Coffee

46 reviews · 4 followers · 2 years ago

This place would be best described as a ‘sleeper’ cafe. So pleasantly unexpected being found in amongst a generic shopping centre in the middle of China/Thai town, but thankfully pushing out some of the best, most consistent espresso you will find anywhere in Sydney. Also complimenting their bang on perfect coffee is some of the best toasted sandwiches money can buy. Many cafes could learn a lot from this team. Keep your menu simple, but do it exceptionally well!

reviewed Bruce Tea & Coffee

46 reviews · 4 followers · 2 years ago

I feel like anyone who is scoring this place with 9s or 10s has never had a good coffee in their life. They take anywhere from 15 minutes onwards to make a single coffee, (even if you are the only customer in the place), to then consistently hand you a dirty, over extracted, acidic cup of filth. Oh, and then charge you $4+ for the privilege of carrying it to the closest bin. Atmosphere wise the place it great. It’s such a pity the can’t deliver on quality. And for those playing at home, I gave them four chances. Each one undrinkable.

reviewed harris miller

46 reviews · 4 followers · 2 years ago

Underwhelmed, but not surprised. For me, seeing Gypsy coffee being served is the first red flag. Just like Campos, this once beacon of quality coffee making is now in the hands of amateur baristas. Gypsy might still roast some amazing coffee, but you wouldn’t know by the people they supply to. This place falls down more than on the coffee front. Fit out is naf, staff service is in chaos, food is bland, and people who say this is the best coffee around... have clearly never had a good coffee. Having said all that, nothing else around them in Pyrmont is much better, so why try and harder, right?

reviewed Group Therapy Cafe

46 reviews · 4 followers · 2 years ago

I was hoping for so much more. This place read really well, and was located seconds from my accomodation. Unfortunately the coffee was extremely weak. As they were carrying it over you could see the colour through the glass almost resembled straight fresh milk. It’s located in a very dated, sub basement of a shopping centre, that seems to receive very little foot traffic. Wouldn’t say the atmosphere made up for anything. Such a pity, there really isn’t many options in this part of town. Hopefully today was a one off bad product!?

reviewed Factory Espresso

46 reviews · 4 followers · 2 years ago

I really wanted to like this place. Everything about it from it’s industrial design, to its attitude of coffee appreciation was all me. I gave this place two goes as I had hoped my first coffee was just a bad one off... but unfortunately both times it was weak and flavourless. At least the brunch was good.

reviewed Good Eddy

46 reviews · 4 followers · 2 years ago

Hands down the best coffee in orange. Beans supplied by Rueben Hills is a wise choice. Orange doesn’t seem to be short on local roasters, but unfortunately I’m yet to be overly impressed, so finding one of Sydney’s finest out here was highly welcomed. Food options are pretty limited, but who cares when the coffee is good!

reviewed Anything Grows

46 reviews · 4 followers · 2 years ago

Atmosphere wise, this would certainly be one of the nicest cafes I’ve manage to visit in Orange to just kick back and relax. As for the coffee. Just middle of the run. I wouldn’t say it was terribly made (although my piccolo was just on the border of the shot being run to long) I think it’s just a fairly bland roast they are using. Food options are a bit basic for what I’d hoped, but keep in mind this is a nursery turned cafe.

reviewed Batch

46 reviews · 4 followers · 3 years ago

Great cafe. Stumbled upon this place when just passing through town. Piccolo was just a touch on the bitter side, but completely passable. Food was delicious though! Maybe this place is relatively new, as I’m surprised I doesn’t have a review yet. Worth checking out.

reviewed Josie North

46 reviews · 4 followers · 3 years ago

Underwhelmed would be the word. Nice enough place on the inside, but the atmosphere is lacking as your tucked down a grubby closed in shopping arcade, but what really matters in the coffee... and that's where I was disappointed. Ordered a piccolo, but might as well have asked for a cup of warm milk. It's actually almost impressive how devoid of any trace of coffee flavour was present. It feels as though beanhunter has lost its point. Once upon a time it was about subjective customer reviewing. Now it's just an outlet for peoples creative writing (as can be read in the previous) or nondescript reviews that throw around 10/10 just for fun. Not to say you shouldn't try this place out, and maybe I just got a 1 in 100 rubbish coffee, but there are far better places in Brisbane than this.

reviewed Brother Hen

46 reviews · 4 followers · 3 years ago

I feel like a broken record when I write about cafes in Moonee Ponds... This place has so much potential, and then they cut themselves short on quality. Although this cafe has been around for quite a while, today was the first time I had actually given it a go and I doubt I'll be rushing back. Really friendly staff and a reasonable enough atmosphere. But the food and coffee fell short of the asking price. (Which was not cheap...) The second they put my piccolo on the table I could tell it was going to be mediocre. The milk had no body, the colour was very light and grey, and as soon as I touched the glass my fingerprints were burnt off. The food was ok (I had the baked eggs) but it just lacked any excitement to its flavour. (personally it needed a bit of chilli kick). Maybe what I was given today was a bad one off, but if I was to judge a book by its cover, and by that I mean the espresso machine and bean supplier. I'd say this is the normal quality that is served.

reviewed The Coffee Cupboard

46 reviews · 4 followers · 3 years ago

This place should and could be so much more... When this store first opened its doors a couple years ago now, the coffee was second to none! (and Moonee Ponds was suffocating under 7/11 quality cafes) It seemed that the original owner only held onto the place for a few months and the business changed hands. The concept towards good coffee appeared to remained very high, but almost every one I've had from here since has been over extracted and painfully bitter and acidic (even though the beans appear to still be supplied from the same roaster, who was actually the first owner). For some reason I keep giving it another go every few months to again be disappointed. I really hope this place can return to its original glory.

reviewed Blood Orange

46 reviews · 4 followers · 3 years ago

Really disappointing. Just another place with a whole lot of hype and under-delivers. The actual food store side of things is great, lots of goodies for the home kitchen, but the dine in experience was below the asking price. The breakfast I ordered was so covered in salt, you truly couldn't taste anything else. The coffee I ordered (piccolo) was simply undrinkable. The extraction was clearing poor... you could see it as soon as it was placed on the table. The colour was grey, not a rich deep brown you would expect in a serving with such a small amount of milk. You could also see how the milk had been completely over heated and it's body broken down with no sense of texture remaining. Just the awful smell alone should have been an indicated to the barista that it might not have been their finest work. Wont be back.

reviewed North x Northwest

46 reviews · 4 followers · 4 years ago

Tucked away off the main drag of Moonee Ponds, it's nice to find another cafe startup that's all about quality and not cutting corners. Moonee Ponds has had a culture for far to long of opening B grade stores, but this isn't one of them. The business has only been open for a couple of months now and thankfully the coffee has been nice and consistent in that time. 5 senses coffee is what's being served, and although to me these days I wouldn't call them a specialty coffee company, they do roast a quite acceptable espresso bean. The menu is fairly reflective of most Melbourne cafes, with all well presented classics on offer, many with a subtle twist.

reviewed Antz Inya Pantz

46 reviews · 4 followers · 4 years ago

Really underwhelming. The place looked like it had potential, especially with its in-house roasting happening just across the road. But alas, it really is just another junk Perth cafe. The first alarm bell for me was seeing what they consider a small cup closely resembled a bucket. Also witnessing the coffees being made ahead of me with its thin, bodyless texturing to the milk was concerning (not to mention clearly being overheated by the steam pouring out the top of the cups like a building on fire). This is just another example of a wider problem found in the Perth cafe scene. This place is masquerading as a specialty coffee store, but the product produced is so sub par. I'm not sure if they are just unaware how bad it is, or simply don't care Fortunately this is nothing that can't easily be fixed. All the fundamentals for a quality cafe are at hand, and with a little more attention to detail and maybe some slightly more skilled baristas this place could be turned around. I certainly cant say I'll be back again, but I do hope they pick up their game. Oh yeah, the coffee I got. As expected. Rubbish.... weak, overheated with a terrible fragrance.

reviewed Bench espresso

46 reviews · 4 followers · 4 years ago

I think I'm fairly safe to say, these are not the original owners. The interior fit out indicates it was formally a quality cafe, but now it's just a slightly more glamorous junk store. Coffee was weak and managed an acidic aftertaste... Not worth the Perth tax.

reviewed Daphne

46 reviews · 4 followers · 4 years ago

What a disappointment... The place visually looks amazing. Design wise by far one of the best attempts I've seen in Perth. As for the coffee. It fell way short of expectations. Firstly charging $4 for a piccolo is a joke in itself, but then handing me a coffee so weak I might as well have asked for a shot of milk. Come on Perth, get your act together.

reviewed Low Down

46 reviews · 4 followers · 4 years ago

Great quality coffee. Nice cafe fit out. Pity its located inside a shopping centre. Kind of cheapens the atmosphere of something thats one of the very few gems in the CBD of Perth. If your a 9-5er this is a great place to visit. As for the weekend though, much like the rest of Perth... Its closed.

reviewed Architects and Heroes

46 reviews · 4 followers · 4 years ago

Granted I have only visited this place once, and maybe it wasn't their best work... but that shouldn't matter. I truly don't understand how this place ever made it to the top 10 on beanhunter (unless it use to be owned by someone else?) Staff felt really awkward when serving you. Breakfast was underwhelming and over priced. Coffee was ok, but tipping over the edge of a dirty bitter extraction. Also, taking into account this place isn't over spacious, the seating arrangement felt very clostrophobic.

reviewed Toastface Grillah

46 reviews · 4 followers · 4 years ago

Very cool place. Love the location down an alley way (makes me feel like I'm back home in Melbourne), great atmosphere. The variety of toasted sandwiches is definitely worth making your way through. As for the coffee. Hit and miss. Ive been here 4-5 times now and maybe 50% have been to die for and the others really milky and weak.

reviewed Toast

46 reviews · 4 followers · 4 years ago

Possibly the worst coffee I've had so far in Perth, and I've had a lot of them.... I don't know why quality coffee culture hasn't seems to make its way this side of the country, but it's getting infuriating paying at least a $1 more than anywhere else in Australia for something that isn't even fit for the bin it's immediately being placed into. I ordered a take away flat white which the first obviously problem was the smallest cup resembled a mop sized bucket. Some odd looks when I mentioned this, and asked if it could just be half filled with milk. The second I put the cup near my mouth you could smell how foul the extraction was. I had a sip just to verify. Yep, another cup of acid. Sure I could have asked for it to be remade, but the reality is, I don't think it would have been any better.

reviewed Kinky Lizard

46 reviews · 4 followers · 4 years ago

Perth tax to the max... Coffee was nice enough (I ordered a piccolo). Strong, clean, a nice change from 90% of the over priced cups of acid served throughout Perth. But that single piccolo coupled with a really average breakfast just cost me $27!!!

reviewed The Reformatory Caffeine Lab

46 reviews · 4 followers · 4 years ago

If this is #1 in Sydney.... NSW beanhunter community need to lift their standards. Don't get me wrong, the coffee was ok, but not memorable. The actual cafe is fun, and certainly a visual change from the generic array of options in the Surry Hills area, but missed the mark on what really mattered, the coffee. I can imagine the choice or bean/roast being served today might work better if your into your pour over blah, but i'm not. The espresso extraction (I ordered a piccolo) had no real body to it. The taste was fruity, but so lacking in anything resembling a coffee bean, it could have just been milk mixed with berries. Yet another hyped, but disappointing coffee experience in Sydney.

reviewed Fix Espresso (Moonee Ponds)

46 reviews · 4 followers · 4 years ago

Just like most cafes in Moonee Ponds... We completely miss the mark, but keep telling ourselves it's amazing. The staff are friendly, the atmosphere is ok and the idea of a small roaster from Bendigo is great. But the execution is underwhelming. I've bought a coffee from here occasionally over the few years I've lived in the area and I can honestly say, every time has been the same result. Poorly extracted, acidic, bitter, straight to bin coffee.

reviewed Verb Cafe

46 reviews · 4 followers · 5 years ago

So dropped in here for lunch and a coffee based on proximity of today's job and previous good reviews. In short. Not amazing. I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but under normal circumstances the visual of this cafe to me doesn't scream high quality. Regardless I figured I would give it a go. Sandwich was nice enough, but this is about coffee. Asked for a strong flat white. Unfortunately it was just a cup of milk with a hint of burnt coffee. If I had more time I should have asked for it to be made again. I'm sure they can do a good job, but due to its underwhelming atmosphere, I doubt I'll be giving it another go.

reviewed The Planet

46 reviews · 4 followers · 6 years ago

The moment I stepped into this place if felt very much like home (Melbourne)... except for its location which is kind of not near anything. The inside is littered with coffee paraphernalia and a glass wall that lets you peer straight into their roasting area as well as what looks set up for training and/or appreciation. Now to the coffee. Its smooth but weak. I initially had just a single shot caffe latte, but it was closer to hot milk. Since then I have had a further 2 caffe lattes which have both been double shot and a substantial improvement, but still just lacking bite. These guys are license Q-Graders which is a coalition of roasting standards I've not had much contact with until recently. This quality standard might be very high when it comes to being the qualifier roaster, but I have now had several experiences with such associated roasters who when it comes to the extraction spend more time weighing the grind and staring at a stop watch than paying attention to the quality actually being extracted. For the environment in a city that is only just starting to have a specialty coffee culture, definitely check this place out, but you might have to ask for a triple.

reviewed Cafe The Muk

46 reviews · 4 followers · 6 years ago

This is a great little independent cafe and roaster tucked in a lane way opposite the Keimyung Art Center. Ive had several double shot latte's and they have all been superb. To help make the deal even sweeter it only costs ₩2000 (AUD2.10!). Less of course if your just after a single. Their in-house roast has a really rich almost dark chocolate bitterness and all created with a beautiful manual lever espresso machine. Daegu appears to be only very recently starting to embrace the specialty coffee concept in a city littered with chain stores, but places like The Muk show that Korea can compete with the best of them.

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