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    Central Coast

    Kookaburra Express
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    Mountain Top Blend - The last shot I had there tasted a lot like the 549. Has been inconsistent previously, but things are looking better.


    Surf Cafe
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    Morgans - Its usually good, just be quite specific abut what you want.

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    Re: Central Coast

    Port Macquarie reviews moved to the Mid-North Coast thread.

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    Please, please, people, get out the Gregorys! ;)


    The Central Coast is closer to Sydney than it is to Port Macquarie ;D . Maybe a thread for the mid-north coast would be apt?


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    Re: Central Coast

    sorry! being an ex-shire boy, my whole sense of geography is a bit skewiff ...

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    Re: Central Coast

    Quote Originally Posted by Michelle link=1218418145/0#2 date=1218602883
    Please, please, people, get out the Gregorys! ;)


    The Central Coast is closer to Sydney than it is to Port Macquarie *;D . Maybe a thread for the mid-north coast would be apt?
    Anything between Brookie bridge and Byron is Central coast isnt it Michelle? ;D ;D

    Seriously though, maybe its a good idea to add a Mid/North Coast thread in the mix.

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    done


    Quote Originally Posted by YeeZa link=1218418145/0#4 date=1218603499
    Anything between Brookie bridge and Byron is Central coast isnt it Michelle? ;D ;D
    I was thinking anything North of Tom Uglys Bridge & Captain Cook Bridge!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michelle link=1218418145/0#0 date=1218418145
    Kookaburra Express
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    Mountain Top Blend - The last shot I had there tasted a lot like the 549. Has been inconsistent previously, but things are looking better.
    My espresso at Kookaburra today was made by Instaurator! :o I nearly fell over when I saw him behind the machine.

    Needless to say, it was SUPERB, so I had a second. :D


    Oh, and being a true Central Coast girl, Ive never heard of any of those bridges you lot are mentioning :P

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    Haha, yeah Brooklyn bridge is the bridge you cross and you see a "Welcome to the Central Coast" sign on the other side, leaving Sydney. The other bridges are Shirevilleland

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    Re: Central Coast

    Heading to Avoca beach for long weekend - any recommendations?

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    Re: Central Coast

    ok, so im a bit of a newbie to coffeesnobs and ive been waiting till i had the required number of posts up to be able to ask the question here....

    why has it been 3 years since a recommendation for the central coast has been made??

    i know there must be an option other than my place for some good coffee...

    there are other snobs from the central coast (the area between sydney and newcastle for the geographically challenged), so where are you going when you are around??


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    Quote Originally Posted by 44494D4845424F404359485F2C0 link=1218418145/9#9 date=1318248170
    ok, so im a bit of a newbie to coffeesnobs and ive been waiting till i had the required number of posts up to be able to ask the question here....

    why has it been 3 years since a recommendation for the central coast has been made??

    i know there must be an option other than my place for some good coffee...

    there are other snobs from the central coast (the area between sydney and newcastle for the geographically challenged), so where are you going when you are around??
    Hi Headinclouds,
    My sentiments exactly!!! (I have exactly 50 posts at the time of writing this one) There are 2 near me that I get a brew from (without sounding crass, neither of them are as good as mine at home). Red Pepper at Erina Heights and Lotus at Wamberal are both alright. They are not snobs though so dont expect what you make at home, especially if you roast your own. Red Pepper has a nice atmosphere - a lot of post school drop off mums there in the morning so it is always lively with chat which, I dont mind.

    Still, I only get milk coffees there as I much prefer my own espressos more.

    I hope some others can chime in with some recommendations; there has to be some seriously snob worthy espresso bars here somewhere....surely?

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    Thanks Mariner, ill check them out.
    I have had a few espressos from Bremen Patisserie in Umina. They roast their own and its ok. Depends a little on who makes it as the pies they do are their speciality (and awesome).

    My house is still the best ive had around here too :-)
    (yes ive had some awesome coffees in the sydney cbd and Melbourne, ah Melbourne.... )


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    Quote Originally Posted by 3F3236333E39343B38223324570 link=1218418145/11#11 date=1334488330
    Thanks Mariner, ill check them out.
    I have had a few espressos from Bremen Patisserie in Umina. They roast their own and its ok. Depends a little on who makes it as the pies they do are their speciality (and awesome).
    Wow, funny you say that, I had a couple of coffees there a few weeks ago - on the recommendation of my wife who does not drink coffee??? - I had a double shot espresso and a soy flat white, certainly not bad. The coffee was their house blend - I think it has a lot of Indonesian coffee in it...tasted earthy, but quite pleasant enough. The espresso was ever so slightly over extracted but, I would certainly have another coffee there (my young bloke goes to speech therapy just around the corner) next time I am down that way. You are also very correct, their pies are very nice (as too are their cakes and sweets).

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    Im pretty sure Caesars at Erina (near Terrigal Road) on the Central Coast Highway would be pretty good. He roasts his own beans there and sells them. Before I started roasting my own I got some there. I also got my grinder there.

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    Hi David,
    I have had a few brews at Caesars over the years. They have been around for a long time. I have always enjoyed their coffee but, it is very hard to find any of his roasts (for my taste anyway) that are any less than a deep CS10 or 11. They roast most of their stuff to within an inch of its life. But, they are not bad (again this is my subjective taste). I still prefer my own. Surely becoming a snob doesnt mean that there is no where left that satisfies you anymore??? I hope not.

    When I was in Sydney I used to go to Withams (96 - 02) and they were always superb...... would I think so now? I hope so.

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    Re: Central Coast

    I have heard that Glee Coffee up at Tuggerah are pretty good. Has anyone tried their coffee? May be worth me stopping in next time I am up that way.

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    ive heard about them (good - from non snob) but not tried it myself yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by headinclouds View Post
    ive heard about them (good - from non snob) but not tried it myself yet.
    Yep Glee are great!

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    I agree with the recommendation for Glee, by far the best coffee I've had on the coast so far, and the only place that rises to snob expectation - the owner, Ben, is very serious about his coffee and a really nice guy. They roast and blend their own - sweet dark choc with earthy notes, mostly Brazil/PNG I think - their single shot is an 18gram ristretto. Main issue I have is that they're not open yet when I pass there every morning, so I don't get there often enough!

    The only other place on the coast that I would rate is Bella Natural Food co in Terrigal - I've had several consistently good (but not great) piccolo's there - Coffee is Toby's Estate.

    Personally wouldn't bother with Caesar's - beans might be OK, but my piccolo was really weak and anyone who leaves really young, inexperienced staff to make the coffee isn't getting my vote.

    If you have to have a coffee in Erina Fair, Sage Cafe at one end and Coffee Guru at the other do a decent piccolo.

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    I'm moving up to Wamberal from Tassie in a few weeks. Looking forward to the move and trying some of the local coffee places

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuffa View Post
    I'm moving up to Wamberal from Tassie in a few weeks. Looking forward to the move and trying some of the local coffee places
    Hi stuffa,
    Nice one. I love wamberal and know that you will too (I am a bit bias). There is some good coffee on the coast, check some of the recent posts and you won't go wrong. Big move from tassie though....If there wasn't the development wamberal would rival st helens and much of that east coast (water temp is certainly more civilized) tassie beaches IMHO (again I am bias - did live in tassie for a few years while at college though).
    Regards, Mariner.

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    I finally went to glee a few weeks ago to try their wares......they were closed. It is a 20 min drive for me so I was very sad. Some issue with Wyong Council maybe. Unfortunately I will have to wait a little longer to try some of their coffee. Still yet to find a place on the coast that makes a better brew than some nice fresh home roastd CS beans though.... it's just nice to have a coffee as a social occasion every now and then.

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    Try lulus at south kincumber. Roast their own beans

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    OK...... Old Red Pepper at Erina Heights closed down...... But, the reason that Glee wasn't open (see previous post on the subject) is because they were in the process of opening up in that space right by the school drop off. Went there this morning. Friendly staff, good service and some nice, well made coffees. They are not roasting on site as the shop is too small so I assume that they are roasting up at Tuggerah still.

    They were using the Aldi organic soy which, although is not as good as Bonsoy, is still quite acceptable - I use it at home quite often.

    Overall rating so far - glad they have moved into the neighbourhood!!

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    Is Glee still functioning? The Tuggerah place looks like its just been abandoned mid flow with open bins of roasted beans and rubbish on the floor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    Is Glee still functioning? The Tuggerah place looks like its just been abandoned mid flow with open bins of roasted beans and rubbish on the floor.
    I'm here now and it definitely looks abandoned!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huhness View Post
    I'm here now and it definitely looks abandoned!
    Hi All,
    See above post. They have moved to Erina Heights on Central Coast highway adjacent to the primary school. Doing a decent trade too.

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    Very good to see that Glee has a new spot - and right on my Sat morning shopping route too! I was sooo disappointed when I saw they had closed - thought they'd folded due to lack of business - as many a good place has - it's so often more about location than coffee quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by habahabanero View Post
    Personally wouldn't bother with Caesar's - beans might be OK, but my piccolo was really weak and anyone who leaves really young, inexperienced staff to make the coffee isn't getting my vote.
    Agreed - I have purch fresh beans and my grinder from there but a week ago decided to have a coffee there - very disappointed.

    If you have to have a coffee in Erina Fair, Sage Cafe at one end and Coffee Guru at the other do a decent piccolo.
    Yeah I like Sage.
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    Found an exceptionally good cafe at Kingcumber........Loo Loo's Coffee Warehouse. VERY well roasted coffee. Had Private (house) blend there - espresso and milk based. Whoever is roasting there is doing a good job and really knows their stuff. Bought some home and made some brew to my specs...... wonderful. Some of the beans looked as if they were roasted past their best (about CS10.5-11) however, hats off to whoever roasted it, there was not even a hint of that burnt over roasted flavours of a french roast or the likes. The balance was near perfect. The espresso had a great mouth-feel and a buttery viscosity as well as a respectable crema. Not too much of a sugary caramel or too much acid (not much acid at all actually) with just the slightest touch of bitterness on the finish which, was actually very nice. Will definately call in again - worth the drive.
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    Interesting Mariner - My PT was going to take me down there a few weeks ago after a session but we never made it. Might have to see to it that we do next time.

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    Thought I would try Glee today after reading some of the praise for it here. I must have caught them on a bad day. The coffee was bitter and muddy (indistinct flavours/layers)....dare I say that a cup of instant coffee probably would have been better. I might try them again another day but a thumbs down on the basis of today's effort.
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    I caught Glee in their new store a couple of weeks after opening, service is friendly but quite slow and the coffee we had was noting the write home about. It was a very nice coffee but there are many places that make a very nice coffee. Mecca in sydney is better and there are many places in melbourne which would wipe the floor with both of them. I did buy a big bag of their coffee and it was fantastic. I would go again.

    PS: If you don't like kids running around screaming and throwing things then be warned because the place was FULL! of these gremlins! A lot of mums and dads.

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    I agree with above. Glee are certainly better - by far - than the cafe that used to be there. However, if I put my snobs hat on - I hoped for better. I still drink their brew though. Their blend is not wholly to my taste but they cater very well to their customers and are very nice and friendly folk. They have a three group machine now instead of the Electra two group. They are located next to a primary school and get all the school drop off crowd - hence the kids everywhere. I like that. I love the small shop, coffeehouse feel, with life in it and a sunny outlook and atmosphere

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    In Long Jetty, you have The Glass Onion Society. They make a beautiful macchiato. There are also a couple of other small cafes near in that strip that get good reports, but I haven't been to them, so I can't say good or bad myself.
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    I had a few really great coffees from Coffee Guru in Kincumber last week. Highly recommended.

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    Great to hear that Paolo,

    Past CS sponsor Dennis Wells (Cuppacoffee) has guided Coffee Guru from establishing their own roasting operation and roasting for them right through to what's ultimately delivered in cup. I think he's in a management position (GM?) now.

    Great to hear that they're kicking goals.

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    Hi all,

    About to move to the Central Coast region, Yarrawonga Park to be exact. Could anyone make some recommendations for fresh beans nearby?

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    Hi Azzabee
    You could try Crema Coffee Garage at Broadmeadow or Glee at Wyong or Erina.

    Haven't tried Crema and feel Glee are over priced for what you can get including delivery. Speaking of delivery i'd just get delivered your favorite beans as always find that Central Coast and Newcastle roasters are high priced or average in quality.

    Good luck and enjoy thee Centy Coast!

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    Could always get a packet to tie you over and order something from BeanBay? Andy does roast to order so you know it is fresh.

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