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    Katoomba, Blue Mountains

    While the best coffee in the Blue Mountains is found at my home in Blackheath, I can report that the coffee-shop Fresh in Katoomba Street has the best coffee in the vicinity -- freshly-roasted and plenty of organic varieties.
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    Re: Katoomba, Blue Mountains

    What times are you open?

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    Re: Katoomba, Blue Mountains

    Yes...well considering one of the cafes in Blackheath has been put on the health departments so called black list, you might be better off going to Anthonys home for coffee...;D

    Fresh certainly looked like the place to go to me when I was there recently. Actually, I was impressed with the range of cafes in the main drag. We didnt try any there but I did go into the Hominy Bakery. It specialises in sour dough bread and not coffee but I had to try their little lemon and poppyseed cake. It was delicious!

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    Re: Katoomba, Blue Mountains

    So is that La Pavoni House, Anthony Lane, Blackheath?
    See you there.

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    Re: Katoomba, Blue Mountains

    EDIT: When Im in Katoomba, I usually go to either the Elephant Bean, or Fresh.

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    Re: Katoomba, Blue Mountains

    Hey matty, I think it would be nicer to keep comments to what you like, rather than what you dont. I dont know any of these cafes, but I do know that cafes change hands, baristi come and go, and mud sticks. ;)


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    Re: Katoomba, Blue Mountains

    "The Red Door" at Leura is worth a visit....tried it a couple of times and had a very good long black both times. They used Morgans Coffee when I was there 6 months ago.

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    Hi all, Id like to add that Fresh in Katoomba is AWFUL. I had one of the worst food service experiences in my life when I was there a couple of months ago and while I have been a big fan of theirs in the past. I will NEVER darken their door again after the shocking service and completely unacceptable meals our group received.

    Onto happier news, Zokoko chocolate and Morgans Espresso have opened a chocolate tasting and espresso bar at Unit 3/84-90 Old Bathurst Rd, Emu Heights that is well worth a visit.
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    As Hazchem said Zokoko is now open - they are hoping to have the full on chocolate experience in full salable production before christmas I think. At the moment they are still trialling stuff. They are selling drinking chocolate though. Really good coffee, really good atmosphere, and really nice people to boot. Amazing what good customer service does I reckon. It is through here that you buy the coffee as well as opposed to the roastery now.

    It is usually only open in the mornings as well so dont try for arvo tea as you will be dissapointed. This may change and if I get wind of it will post. Well worth the treck out to the sticks and only about 1.5km off the M4 if you are going up the mountains for the day.

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    Re: Katoomba, Blue Mountains

    I was in Katoomba on the weekend, and came across a place that seemed new - it wasnt there last time I was in Katoomba.

    Its called True To The Bean, on Katoomba St, up the hill from Fresh and Elephant Bean. They call themselves an espresso and waffle bar.

    I didnt have a waffle, but I did have a flat white and a ristretto. Flat White was great, Ristretto was good - the beans were still a bit fresh so it had that grassy thing going on.

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    Re: Katoomba, Blue Mountains

    Quote Originally Posted by 4A4653535E4D270 link=1222147286/9#9 date=1267398753
    I was in Katoomba on the weekend, and came across a place that seemed new - it wasnt there last time I was in Katoomba.

    Its called True To The Bean, on Katoomba St, up the hill from Fresh and Elephant Bean. They call themselves an espresso and waffle bar.

    I didnt have a waffle, but I did have a flat white and a ristretto. Flat White was great, Ristretto was good - the beans were still a bit fresh so it had that grassy thing going on.
    Interesting... True To The Bean has been the catch cry of Veneziano Caffe for some time now...

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    i found True to the Bean in August while up in Katoomba for a week. (it wasnt in google places so it was a bit of a ah whats this? when i looked up from the screen)

    i caught a glimpse of the coffee machine from outside and thought it looked like i should check it out.

    the machine reminded me of a speedster (which id read about online), it was sooooo good looking. i just did a search this week and now i think that its a mirage - designed by the same guy.

    the coffee is roasted in sydney (not sure if i should mention a non sponsor) and it was a great doppio espresso.

    i didnt eat there, just talked to the barista (she seemed to love what she was doing), admired the machine and enjoyed the coffee.

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    Re: Katoomba, Blue Mountains

    A bit lower down the mountains in Springwood there is a new player just up the road from the station called "Dbl Ristretto". They are only using a single grinder but have prommised a second for single origins. Their name sake is on the short side but not bad.
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    Re: Katoomba, Blue Mountains

    Ive found Fresh to be great. They roast at their Leura cafe, which is just at the downhill end of the leura mall.

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    Was in Katoomba today and thought I'd check out Fresh. My double ris was very good with a really nice looking crema and nutty flavour. Would recommend checking it out.

    On a side note, the Korean restaurant next door is fantastic too.

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    +1 for Fresh, had a lovely strong, well made picolo. Food looked good, but didn't have the time to try it.

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    With a few work trips to Sydney over the last 6 months, and often coffee down & up with one of my client, I have been truly blown away by the coffee at Mountain Pies, Wentworth Falls (next the bike shop on the highway, just heading out of the main town).
    Umami coffee, 3 group LaMa - as a soy flat white it is the perfect strength in a takeaway cup, and a beautiful roast & blend. I've been there multiple times, with multiple baristas but it has always been beautiful. The way it tastes in a FW - I might even be game to try as espresso!

    And for those who travel across the Mountains from further west - they have nice toilets too!
    Well worth a visit.

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    Any new cafes worth checking out? Heading to Katoomba for the June long weekend will check out Fresh and true to the bean

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    Quote Originally Posted by skippy View Post
    Any new cafes worth checking out? Heading to Katoomba for the June long weekend will check out Fresh and true to the bean
    I'll be up there on the 22nd, please let me know what its like Is the cafe at Fresh in Leura or Katoomba?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattyj View Post
    I was in Katoomba on the weekend, and came across a place that seemed new - it wasnt there last time I was in Katoomba.

    Its called True To The Bean, on Katoomba St, up the hill from Fresh and Elephant Bean. They call themselves an espresso and waffle bar.

    I didnt have a waffle, but I did have a flat white and a ristretto. Flat White was great, Ristretto was good - the beans were still a bit fresh so it had that grassy thing going on.
    Visited 'True to the Bean' last week after your post ....I'm afraid my FW was weak and dull....wish I had of gone to Fresh which seemed a lot busier as well

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    Surprised no one has mentioned Cassiopeia in Katoomba? A bit off the main drag admittedly but they are awesome. Roast their own beans too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DesigningByCoffee View Post
    With a few work trips to Sydney over the last 6 months, and often coffee down & up with one of my client, I have been truly blown away by the coffee at Mountain Pies, Wentworth Falls (next the bike shop on the highway, just heading out of the main town).
    Umami coffee, 3 group LaMa - as a soy flat white it is the perfect strength in a takeaway cup, and a beautiful roast & blend. I've been there multiple times, with multiple baristas but it has always been beautiful. The way it tastes in a FW - I might even be game to try as espresso!

    And for those who travel across the Mountains from further west - they have nice toilets too!
    Well worth a visit.

    Matt

    I think youre spot on Matt . Tried this spot a few weeks ago and was similarly impressed.

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    Just spent the weekend in Katoomba. Several places seem to have changed owners or names and so finding something decent proved very difficult. In the end by far the best coffee was at Zest in Leura where they were using a blend from Backyard Coffee Roasters who are local to the Blue Mountains. Food there was good also.

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    Had a flat white at 'Dbl Ristretto' in Springwood (Macquarie Rd) last week. Quite a dark roast, but a very smooth and enjoyable product. Was very pleasantly surprised.

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    Caffeine and Gasoline in Leura was a pleasant surprise. Very good coffee and food and a really interesting motorcycle decor. There is an MV Agusta in the window and a Seeley bike inside the cafe. Great, friendly service. Thoroughly recommended based on my visit last week!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPA View Post
    Surprised no one has mentioned Cassiopeia in Katoomba? A bit off the main drag admittedly but they are awesome. Roast their own beans too.
    Had a coffee in Leichhardt Sydney on the weekend, they stock and serve Cassiopeia coffee, we really enjoyed the FW. Would recommend for sure.

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    Cassiopeia definitely has my vote

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