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RovingRose reviewed Mocan & Green Grout
I always return to Mocan, sincerely hoping the last bland coffee I had here wasn't indicative of all of the coffees I could have here, but every time I'm sadly reminded that it's *just* a coffee they serve. It's a bit bitter and thin, and I'm not falling over the interestingly arranged space, either.
RovingRose reviewed Kindle Cafe
Came in after having this place recommended. their coffee beans come from a local roaster called Hansel and Gretel, so the taste was a welcome break from the LSR and Group Seven roasts roaming around Canberra. Awesome vibe, delicious soy piccolo.
RovingRose reviewed Bill's Beans
Went in after reading the great reviews on here. had two soy piccolos and both were delicious - a bit weak, but otherwise they knew exactly what they were doing with soy and they made it nice and creamy! Beautifully roasted - worth the trip, staff were conversational, friendly, and they knew their beans. Certainly the locals know this is where the good coffee is.
RovingRose reviewed Plantation Coffee Roasters
Decent soy piccolo -- watch out: if you order a takeaway piccolo it's going to have more milk than you bargained for. Great position opposite Avid Books. You walk in and BeanScene is on the table, the smell is great, and the beans taste wonderful: not roasted too dark. Got me through my day!
RovingRose reviewed Stanza Coffee
While this new coffee joint has a distinct urban feel to it, and the place hosts an infamous Slayer machine, Stanza are still finding their feet in the coffee world. Most interestingly, Stanza is a rotating coffee bar, which means that each week they feature another roaster's coffee. Also, and unusually for SF, they have an excellent range of tea. Generally, their shots are generous and a little bitter, but the milk is smooth and the staff are excellent for a chat, and their vegan doughnut display is something else. Certainly worth a visit.
The team at Ritual are arguably the oldest of the Third Wavers in San Francisco, and you can tell: the coffee -- which you order with your barista -- is consistent and solid, and they offer the equivalent of a piccolo too, called a gibraltar, which isn't found too-regularly around the US. Also available are some excellent vegan doughnuts and wifi, which makes this warm, chatty cafe a great local haunt.
RovingRose reviewed Blue Bottle (Mint Plaza)
Blue Bottle is a bit of a popular institution in San Francisco, but it's easy to see why: Mint Plaza is one of the few venues that hosts both good breakfast and great coffee in the one venue. Despite the fact you can't buy a piccolo in SF (though you can ask for a gibraltar in some places) Blue Bottle serves a soft coffee -- not-too strong or bitter, and it's arguably the best in town. Light-filled, always bustling -- it's worth a visit.
RovingRose reviewed Dose (Christchurch)
Visited Dose post-quakes a few weeks ago -- still using locally roaster coffee from Lyttleton, and their decor is just gorgeous -- a homely and trendy corner. Best of all, their coffee rocks. Looking at their machine as we entered the cafe, I completely second-guessed their coffee making skills, but boy was I disproven. They delivered a piccolo at a beautiful temperature, with a thin crema, and an even, strong and smooth consistency. Best of all -- they use delicious local bread, and they put together a killer breakfast.
RovingRose reviewed Joe's Garage
Let's be honest here -- this is the best coffee you'll find on the West side of the South Island. My piccolo (they're called bongos there!) was strong, and went down a treat with my pancakes, bacon, banana and maple syrup. The residue on the top of the coffee was a thin oil, just as it should be, and all the locals who we spoke to agreed that Joe's know what they're doing when it comes to getting up in a grind.
RovingRose reviewed Lonsdale Street Roasters 7
After trying out the Kingston Grind post-rave reviews, this place KICKED BUTT. A strong, double ristretto piccolo, glossy milk, and the place smells just gorgeous: toasted, roasted and warm. Certainly a hub, and very Melbourne, AND they have a Mirage!
RovingRose reviewed Coffee Trails
Having heard only good things, I was a little disappointed by my piccolo -- a shot pulled too long, but also, single origins from Costa Rica never quite hit the spot. Having said this, the staff can pick a coffee drinker from a mile away, and are keen to see what you think of their baristaship. The vibe here is great, and so close to Central, too! It's a little slice of peace while the smell of a grinding roast floats past.
RovingRose reviewed Pausa Cafe
Certainly the place to visit if you're a UTS student looking for a fix, wifi, and laneway atmosphere. Good piccolo, and a pleasing macchiato if you're looking for a solid mix of nut and acidity -- it's always best to remember it's CBD coffee, and the less milk, the less likely to disappoint.
RovingRose reviewed True To The Bean
The staff are keen to let you know if the single origin or the house blend are better on the day, and every coffee is made with such heart (and we're not just talking about the latte art)! These guys are passionate about their coffee, and you can taste it. Also, good little collection of literary journals, dog friendly, and their signs out the front give you a giggle.