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reviewed Coffee Anthology

34 reviews · 6 days ago

When I arrived at Coffee Anthology I was greeted by a sign showing the different coffees available from Padre, Axil and Small Batch. Aside from the already high rating on Beanhunter, my expectations were lifted that this was going to be a great cafe. I was not disappointed! The waitress who took my order of a long black asked whether I preferred chocolatey or floral coffee - the former in my case - and when the coffee came out it was excellent. I had a further long black and then tried the cold drip, which was also delicious and just the thing for a hot, humid day. I would definitely recommend trying this cafe out. I’ll be heading back for a coffee tomorrow before I return to Melbourne.

reviewed Little Avenue Des Italians

34 reviews · 10 days ago

I’ve been here many times mulling over how I should rate this cafe. While I’ve had some excellent espressos here, the quality and consistency of the long blacks is average at best. Let’s talk about the consistency - there appear to be 3 baristas (I could be wrong there) but all make the coffee in a different manner, leading to the lack of consistency. People like to go to a particular cafe because they can get the same high quality coffee there, regardless of how it’s made. It is hugely disappointing to rock up on day and get a great coffee and then come back the next day only to get an average one. On quality, I like a short long black - the kind that fits into the 4.5oz cup that most cafes have. Accordingly I have a 6oz takeaway cup to fit the coffee I like. Most cafes will make a 4.5oz coffee that fits in the cup. Not here! They made a full to the brim cup such that I couldn’t put the lid on! I complained and they shrugged their shoulders and tipped the top of the coffee out together with the crema and handed it back to me, dripping coffee down the sides. Very disappointing - a cafe focussed on quality, service and repeat business would have remade that coffee. Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident as someone else from my office had a similar experience with a takeaway long black. Consequently we have collectively decided to stop using this cafe.

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Little Avenue Des Italians

9 days ago

Thank for you for your honestly 🙏Our main focus with training our staff - barista is consistency, quality control with execution & attention to detail , I will certainly be bringing this to their attention Monday ... our sincere apologies for your experience I hope you can give us another chance ... it would be my pleasure to offer you your coffee on your next visit

reviewed Oscar Mike

34 reviews · 5 months ago

We stopped here for coffee on a BeanHunter recommendation, after having lunch next door. I ordered a long black, though the others had an almond latte and a cappuccino. My long black was extremely disappointing: it was insipid and watery, with a burnt taste. The latte and cappuccino, on the other hand, were very well made. I had to return the long black as it was undrinkable, after which they made a slightly better (but still below average) one. I can only think, given the great reviews on BeanHunter, that other reviewers all had milky coffee and there is no demand for black coffee in Hawthorn, so the barista did not know how to make them properly. I won’t be back!

reviewed Demi-Urgos

34 reviews · 5 months ago

While on our way back to Auckland from Rotorua we stopped in Demi-Urgos for much needed coffees (there’s a dearth of good coffee places in Rotorua). The place has a cool co-working space feel to it. There were people working on laptops, and a private meeting space available. Staff were friendly and knew how to make an excellent coffee. My long black was smooth, strong and well rounded with a nutty taste. They have some excellent t-shirts too, which incorporate their logo in the shape of a coffee cup.

reviewed Mazagran Espresso Bar

34 reviews · 5 months ago

This has so far been the best coffee I’ve had while travelling around South Island. The place is quite small, but makes up for it in atmosphere and homeliness. The staff were really friendly and chatted while making my coffee. The coffee, which is toasted onsite, was delicious - smooth, dark, and just the right temperature.

reviewed LB2 Specialty Coffee

34 reviews · 5 months ago

I came for a post-lunch coffee, but also to get out of the cold and wet weather that day. Inside was warm and inviting with dark wooden boards and black bar stools, juxtaposed with fresh white lilies - a very coffee-like decor. The coffee was by Cartel, with a taste that matched the decor (minus the lilies, perhaps). It was served with a shot of sparkling water to freshen the palate. The only negative was the pollen on the lilies, which were right behind me, so I was constantly trying to avoid touching them. You don’t want to get that stuff on your clothes!

reviewed Humble Creatures

34 reviews · 6 months ago

I came to Humble Creatures when it first opened and found getting a seat was challenging. Now the it is more established, I came back to find seating a bit easier, or maybe I was in the weekend mid-morning lull? My long black was excellent - rich and earthy with an excellent crema. Service was very fast too. Well worth checking out if you’re in the neighbourhood.

reviewed The Cupping Room

34 reviews · 6 months ago

I was in Canberra for a few days and got a recommendation from a friend to go to The Cupping Room - I was not disappointed! After navigating a few roundabouts, I arrived to the cafe, which was full of patrons having breakfast. The place had a cool vibe in an otherwise unremarkable part of the city. Having found a table, I opted for a long black in the Black Betty blend, which is the darkest out of the three blends in the cafe. It was nice and strong and dark and really hit the spot. Next time I’m in Canberra I’ll definitely make the effort to go back and maybe try out some of the other blends if I have time.

reviewed White Mojo Speciality Coffee & Roaster

34 reviews · 6 months ago

For me, coffee is synonymous with words like chocolate, dark, earthy, so I have a hard time reconciling a cafe with a name like White Mojo and a bright, white decor to boot. Still, not wanting to be prejudiced (it’s all about the beans, right?), I decided to take a chance on an afternoon coffee. I was pleasantly surprised - the coffee (I opted for the blend) was very strong, dark and earthy, without being gritty; it had a great crema and perfect temperature. I’ll definitely be back for another coffee, though I think a takeaway or sitting outside might be appropriate - the atmosphere felt too much like being in a pub at the end of the night when the lights come on!

reviewed Tom Thumb Espresso

34 reviews · 7 months ago

I passed by Tom Thumb on my way to work and there was a huge queue outside, so I resolved to go back at lunchtime when it was much less busy. The coffee was excellent - very earthy, strong with a perfect crema. They do a 50c discount for keep cups, so the coffee was only $3.50 - a bargain these days. Atmosphere wise, it is little more than a hole-in-the-wall, so it’s a case of get your coffee and go. There are a few stools outside, but the pavement is quite narrow outside the cafe and a delivery truck was unloading, so I couldn’t sit.

reviewed # Hash

34 reviews · 7 months ago

Hash have a new machine, which, after some careful tuning (and a wired barista), is making better coffee than ever. I love the consistency of the coffee in this place, even if made by different baristas.

reviewed Micro by Coffee Alchemy

34 reviews · 7 months ago

I stopped here after looking at review on Beanhunter while in Sydney. The place is takeaway only, having some standing room outside only. My long black was probably one of the best I’ve had in Sydney - good crema, served a bit shorter (something hard to find in Sydney) and no asking if I’d like cold milk or a large (more Sydney things). Unfortunately the roast was very floral, which is less to my liking, but I’m hopeful that they will have different beans the next time I go. I’ll definitely be back next time I’m in Sydney.

reviewed Cafe Faducci

34 reviews · 8 months ago

I stopped here for a coffee after lunch. The cafe was very busy, but the staff managed to seat 7 of us. Atmosphere wise, it is very bright inside with large tables. Most patrons were eating rather than having coffee, given it was lunchtime. I ordered a double espresso. While it had a slightly bitter aftertaste, it was still drinkable, though at $4 compared to $3.8 for lattes, cappuccinos, etc. it was a bit expensive for what it was.

reviewed 15 Pounds

34 reviews · 10 months ago

The sun came out on an otherwise overcast day so we sat outside for our coffees at 15 Pounds. Staff we very attentive, cleaning down the table, bringing us water and taking our order. The coffee was by Campos, which though made well, lacked a bit of punch. Maybe this was down to the blend used. I would go back, just maybe not for my first coffee of the day.

reviewed Joe Black X (King St)

34 reviews · 10 months ago

If I’m in Sydney CBD I do tend to stop by here (it is near our office). The place has quite a nice vibe for a hole-in-the-wall cafe. I do have to request my long black as half full (Sydney baristas love to fill the cup full) but that said, the coffee is generally consistent and quite drinkable. It’s probably not going to win awards, but is better than many other cafes around King St/York St.

reviewed Temperance Society

34 reviews · 10 months ago

It is hard to fault Temperance Society. I stopped by to the bustling cafe for brunch on an otherwise quiet ANZAC Day. The staff were very attentive and found us a table quickly, even though the cafe was almost full. I had the house blend for my long black which was perfect - dark and earthy. I then tried the Guatemalan single origin in a short black. This came out in a full sized cup, which was a bit unusual (maybe they ran out of small cups?), and some sparkling water on the side. Again, very nice - it’s great to see cafes offering a single origin that is not made using a washed process. The food was also good, though perhaps lacking a variance in texture - crunchy/smooth.

reviewed # Hash

34 reviews · 10 months ago

Hash is my go-to cafe when I’m in work (round the corner). The coffee is consistent, with the blend being nice and dark and chocolatey (their single origins are usually washed rind process and are light and floral - not my thing). The staff are really friendly, the music is typically chilled out and the black decor in the cafe together make it a great place to hang out for a great coffee. They offer a discount if you bring your own cup for takeaway too.

reviewed Common Ground Cafe

34 reviews · 10 months ago

Common Ground has changed owners. The new owners have stopped roasting my favourite Dark Stranger blend and have a much reduced array of beans on offer either for sale or to drink in the cafe. All the old staff seem to have gone. I had a single origin Ethiopian but it did not have a great smell or taste. I was very disappointed. Inside the cafe there were lots of people, but they all appeared to be working there as no one was drinking coffee. The whole place has completely lost its atmosphere. I’m switching my regular bean purchase to St Ali’s new Wide Awake blend (a dead ringer for Dark Stranger). I don’t think I’ll be back to Common Ground.

reviewed Workshop Brothers CBD

34 reviews · a year ago

The Queen St Workshop Brother has a different feel to its older brother in Glen Huntly. Sure, it is typically quite busy, especially on sunny days when patrons tend to sit outside and soak in the sun, but the flavours of the coffee are somehow different too. I’ve tried the various single origins, which are too fruity for my palate, but even the espresso blend seems to have a lighter, fruitier feel to it - certainly not the style I like.

reviewed Grounds Of Society

34 reviews · a year ago

A work colleague introduced my to Grounds of Society while on a work trip to Geelong. I went there twice during the day and both times had a great tasting long black. The cafe is centrally located on Malop st, just down the road from the new Worksafe offices. Staff were very attentive and remembered my coffee the second time I came in that day. My long black was perfect - dark and chocolatey and just the right temperature, served as a 6oz size. At $3.50 (including a discount for bringing my own cup) it was excellent value, given some of the other prices for coffee around the Geelong CBD. I will definitely go back the next time I’m in Geelong.

reviewed Kape

34 reviews · a year ago

Kape is a very small cafe next to Galleria with seating for a few patrons. Coffee is by St Ali. I stopped by for a lunchtime espresso and though what came out was more like a double shot, it was nice and strong, made with a very dark roast with lots of kick. At $3, it is great value for a city cafe. I’ll definitely be back.

reviewed Boosa

34 reviews · a year ago

I stopped in for an espresso on a rainy day and entered a buzzing cafe with the noise of patrons, clanging cutlery and coffee beans being ground and the smells of freshly baked doughnuts, cakes and, of course, coffee. The staff were attentive as always and my espresso was perfect - a dark roast with a nutty finish, perfectly extracted.

reviewed Merchants Guild

34 reviews · a year ago

This used to be an excellent cafe when it opened 5 years ago. There would be queues out the door for a table and it would be packed from early morning through to late afternoon on weekends. It is now a pale version of its former self - the patrons are thin on the ground and the long blacks are watery and poorly extracted. I won’t be going back.

reviewed Common Ground Cafe

34 reviews · a year ago

Common Ground is one of my local cafes and also my go-to place for beans to use at home. Beans are roasted on-site by Sasha, who makes a number of different blends and single origins. I like the Dark Stranger blend best, which is available both as beans or to order a drink with. There are usually a couple of single origins on rotation as well as the Dark Stranger blend. In addition to making a consistently good coffee, the cafe does quite nice food at a reasonable price too.

reviewed Loco Coffee

34 reviews · a year ago

Loco looked promising - the space was well laid out with very high ceilings, giving an airy feeling. Unfortunately, the customers (about 8 of us) failed to adequately fill the space, so it felt a bit empty. The staff were very attentive and my coffee came out quickly together with a small glass of sparkling water. However, the coffee was much too hot - almost that I couldn’t pick up the cup - and when it eventually cooled it was drinkable but had a somewhat burnt aftertaste. I don’t think I’ll go back.

reviewed Gauge Espresso

34 reviews · a year ago

Gauge is next to my local train station, so I usually get my morning coffee here. The cafe was revamped and expanded a year ago, but it still retains the cool vibe, friendly staff and, of course, excellent coffee.

reviewed Sparrow Coffee Bangalow

34 reviews · a year ago

Sparrow is a small hole-in-the-wall cafe offering coffee and a selection of pastries. They have takeaway coffee in 6oz as well as 8 and 12oz, ensuring I got a right-sized (i.e. small) long black. 😊 When it came out though, it was way too hot to the point that I could not even hold the doubled-up cup! It was a good 25 minutes waiting with the lid off before I could even contemplate drinking it. Once it had cooled down a bit, the flavour was ok and I did enjoy it, but I can’t understand why they would make it so hot in the first place?

reviewed Miss Ruby

34 reviews · a year ago

We came to Miss Ruby for lunch on recommendation from a friend. Though it was really busy (and noisy) and there were 6 of us, they found a spot for us to sit. Their house blend is Five Seeds, though I ordered a long black in the single origin. It came with a glass of sparkling water and had a really excellent flavour and the temperature was perfect. The food was fabulous too. I’ll definitely be back again.

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