What times are you open?
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.
What times are you open?
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!
So is that La Pavoni House, Anthony Lane, Blackheath?
See you there.
EDIT: When Im in Katoomba, I usually go to either the Elephant Bean, or Fresh.
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. ;)
"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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
Ive found Fresh to be great. They roast at their Leura cafe, which is just at the downhill end of the leura mall.
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.
+1 for Fresh, had a lovely strong, well made picolo. Food looked good, but didn't have the time to try it.
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.
Any new cafes worth checking out? Heading to Katoomba for the June long weekend will check out Fresh and true to the bean
Surprised no one has mentioned Cassiopeia in Katoomba? A bit off the main drag admittedly but they are awesome. Roast their own beans too.
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.
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.
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!
Cassiopeia definitely has my vote
Hello chaps anything new in Katoomba? Has Cassiopea has kept up its standards since October? Looking forward to a visit shortly.
Tried Cassiopeia, the place is very popular! There was a queue at opening, 8am on a Sunday...
Bearing in mind I'm more of a filter man at home, and so don't have the right words or experience to talk about espresso drinks, the double espresso smelled like roast hazelnut and had good acidity without veering towards drinking lemon juice (Kenya origin, according to the board, but I didn't bother checking). However, it was a bit longer than I expected esp after Mecca etc. in Sydney, more like 1.5 espressos and 0.5 water.
Since I arrived 1 minute after closing at 2pm before my drive back, missed out on the second round. But Gingerbread House nearby (which allegedly roasts themselves) was a decent alternative, if also packed to the rafters and a little chaotic inside.
One thing I noticed this visit is that all the stores are a little business-like and standoffish for Australia (if professional and efficient), you can't do small talk, you get a cold stare back and "want anything else?" (maybe it's just me). Compared to my last proper visit to Katoomba 7 years ago it feels like the place is much more crowded generally and that might explain it. It doesn't have, at all, that small town feel you get as soon as you drive an hour or two away from Sydney.
Perhaps the abrubt service may have been due to you arriving after closing time?
- I arrived at opening time, and the service was fine.
- When I arrived again at closing time, they told me they were closed very politely and in a friendly way.
- I was referring to the general state of stores/restaurants/shops in Katoomba when talking about getting the small talk cold shoulder.
I come from France where coldness is almost systematic esp. in big cities, it was really nice in Oz where everyone is always chatting to you (mateship etc., well, I don't know what it is) and so to see a "Parisian" village is kind of strange in that context. Not really complaining, it's a lovely place. Just wondering what happened (probably busloads of non-English speaking tourists).
Not in any way meant to be an dig at you. I was mearly tryingvto offer an alternate explination.