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    Shakes,

    I agree with you although I haven’t tried Dose espresso yet. Try a double mac at the new Incinerator Café, it well worthwhile and the food is good too.

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    Chatswood coffee

    I have recently found the quality of coffee at Chatswood to be disappointing. Therefore I haven’t been getting much coffee there.

    Hopefully this will change with the opening of about 20 little shops close to Chatswood railway station.

    For years there have been blank white walls near the station entrance, since the builders went broke.

    Three new coffee shops have just opened there. I had the $10 lunch special yesterday in one called Locomotion, bacon & egg roll with coffee. The roll was great and the coffee ok but a little acid to my taste.

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    Have you tried Maldini's ? Best coffee I've tried in Chatswood . Belaroma coffee made on a nice 3 group KvdW. Not much food options though apart from the standard pastries and banana bread. They are in a little complex with the medical centre down by the Concourse/arts centre. There's also a new one opened opposite the Chatswood chase mall. Nice coffee, but served a little cool for my taste
    Locomotion - had noticed that too and looking forward to trying it when I get back

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    No I haven’t tried Maldini's yet.

    Two other places in Chatswood that get good reviews for coffee and food, and a mention in the 2014 Herald Good Café Guide are Elbow Room in Spring St and Inseason Café 168 Vic Ave. I must try them soon. Maybe coffee is on the way up in Chatswood. About time.

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    Hill St Beans on Hill St Roseville has been great the last couple of times I've been there. Lived in Roseville all my life until 4 years ago and when I go back, this is always a stop for me.

    Linea with Mazzer and using Campos coffee. They do a pretty good job there

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    More coffee at Chatswood

    This week three new cafes have opened next door to the Chatswood train station. One is in the new Woolies that opened this week. That is now 7 new cafes in the station area.

    The ones that I have tried so far make good coffee. Better than what has been the Chatswood standard brew. But of course not as good as what I make at home.

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    Salvage Specialty Coffee at Artarmon is my #1 on the North Shore. The staff is so passionate about their coffee and the food is also excellent. The bonus is you can get a coffee if you've got a few minutes before the train comes.
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    Pattersons in Westfield Hornsby do a good brew.

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    Chatswood

    Near the Chatswood Train Station there are now 8 new coffee shops and there are more shops to come.

    One of the more promising is the Café Cherry Beans which is a franchise among at least 10 cafes mainly around Sydney.

    The franchisers roast their own coffee and train all staff.

    This is on the second floor near the new Woolworths which also has a cafe.

    Unlike the smaller shops on the lower floor they have seating for nearly 50.

    They have a variety of good food and their coffee is great. Well above the usual Chatswood standard coffee. Today I had a Fishermans Basket and a double shot macchiato. Both were delicious.
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    Chatswood baristas

    To improve the Chatswood coffee quality, some cafés are now employing some top baristas.

    Andy Liu and Chanho Hong, baristas at Lid and Jar Café at The Concourse Chatswood, took out first and third places in the recent NSW Barista Championships. Both will be in Melbourne next week for MICE.

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    last week I went to have lunch at Lid and Jar but it was packed. The word has got around. Instead I went to the Café Cherry Beans near the train station, where I had a chicken deluxe sandwich and a double shot macchiato. Very acceptable.

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    Hey Barry

    I found coffees at Steam Engine near the concourse of Chatswood to be consistently good and extremely friendly. definitely recommend you try it on your next trip
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    friskr,

    I haven’t tried the coffee at Steam Engine yet but I will soon. While I understand that their coffee is great. While it is in a prime position at Chatswood Train Station, the shop is in a cupboard.

    I prefer somewhere with plenty of room where I can sit down in comfort and eat some quality food and coffee. That is why when in Chatswood I go to Café Cherry Bean or Lid & Jar.

    I didn’t go to Lid & Jar this weekend as their chief baristas, Andy and Chanho, are in Melbourne competing with Australians best at MICE.

    I know that it is much cheaper to cater for the takeaway market than to provide for bums on seats.

    I don't like drinking from paper cups.

    Barry
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    I have tried the coffee at Steam Engine by the Chatswood Railway. Very good coffee. I found a perch to sit on. They have some coffee gear and I bought a Porlex mini ceramic hand grinder. I am going travelling next month and the Porlex will fit in my pocket and it does a good job of grinding.

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    Artarmon coffee

    Artarmon now has a new good coffee shop called Wilkes, on Wilkes Avenue next door to the lads at Salvage, mentioned above, east of the train station.

    Wilks, Salvage and the revamped café now called Hampden 86; in the middle of the Artarmon shops west of the railway, all serve great coffee and a variety of good tucker.

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    North Sydney

    All the years I lived in Artarmon, pre-Salvage days, there was nothing decent. Interesting to see some entrepreneurs fill the hole in the market!

    I had a nice long black at Garage on Miller in North Sydney this morning. 'Boots blend', a blend which tasted a little lightly roasted for my liking, but with some sweetness counterpoint to the acidity. I appreciate this sweetness in light roasts when I find it, as a regular butcher myself of green beans at home, I know how hard it is to achieve. And it was true to the tasting notes on the menu.

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    I just had another coffee at Garage this morning, the Latin America blend, it was an overly acidic, baked tasting cup of swill! It tasted like some of my worst roasts out of the Behmor, the ones where the beans are totally baked with no smell, oil or caramelisation, and overly grassy and acidic. Just goes to show how much these cafes are dependent on good coffee roasters s'pose....

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    Lane Cove

    My 2 picks so far are Story Espresso (hole in the wall with Synesso machine) and Pablo & Rusty (serves the longest/largest piccolo every time. Delicious but more like a 3/4 latte).

    Any other suggestions? I've only started working in the area recently.

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    I regularly go to Roots in North Sydney, they are very consistent. They use Reuben Hills beans, with rotating SOs. There is seating immediate to where you pay and there is seating on the other side too. I have been to garage too, lovely outdoor seating area but found my latte was too weak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angusw15 View Post
    North Sydney

    I regularly go to Roots in North Sydney, they are very consistent. They use Reuben Hills beans, with rotating SOs. There is seating immediate to where you pay and there is seating on the other side too. I have been to garage too, lovely outdoor seating area but found my latte was too weak.
    Walker and Jones Coffee Traders is the best I have found. Some superb SOs. Barista knows his stuff. Exceptional

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    Ran into an old school friend who opened up a coffee shop and roastery on the northern beaches called nine yards coffee. It's located on green Street which is very close to warringah mall. Bobby roasts all his beans in house and he made the door to the roastery glass so you can watch from the Cafe which is awesome. If you are into coffee he'd be happy to show you his roasting set up. Smooth strong coffee and always have something new in the single origin hopper for the snobs like us to try out!

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