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    Re: For Tassie snobs - talk up your favourite cafe

    Coffee Republic in Launceston. Passions in New Norfolk. Brew in Sandy Bay. The Groovy Penguin in Penguin.... and ofcourse on board The Bronze Cocky, wherever she roosts/parks ;)

    the Bridport cafe (in Bridport :P ) has changed hands, and i havent had the chance to sample the new owners efforts... watch this space!

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    Gday,

    Launceston - little patisserie called Tant Pour Tant in Charles St can be great (they use Oomph beans, roasted in Hobart) - but you need to get the right barista. Coffee Republic in Brisbane St mall do roast their own, but they dont get the best out of them IMO... Croplines roast their own too. I havent been there but have heard mixed reports. Sorry if Im being negative here!

    Hobart - Villino Espresso in Criterion St is fantastic. They use Rio beans (same as Mecca in Syd - which is kudos enough) and Richard is a genius. Island Espresso are great too, but can be inconsistent. Dont think they are roasting their own at the moment, but theyre getting good beans from Justin Metcalf. Sugo in Salamanca Square is interesting. Using Five Senses beans (good) and a Synesso (!!) with some guys who know how to use it (including my brother in law ... what? Its Tasmania!). Theyre pretty new in terms of being serious about coffee. Oomph in Hobart are a bit disappointing IMO because they roast so well, but make coffee inconsistently. Villino, Island and Oomph all have LMs.

    So... I didnt exactly "talk up" my favourite café, but theres a bit of an (opinionated) overview. :P
    Cheers,
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    Yep, Villino is my daily haunt, even though I work in Salamanca. Its worth the walk ;)

    If youve got time, add a comment at the Mercury story above & help educate the masses. They certainly need it - most of the comments there name Retro or bloody Jackman & McRoss as Hobarts best coffee [smiley=rolleyes.gif]

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    Love some of the on-line responsed comments!

    Mary-Ann, "sniff-sniff", lamenting the loss of Starbucks for her loss of gingerbread lattes.

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    While Im not living in Tassie, I can tell you I had great coffee in Launceston last summer, it was at Elm Tree Cafe. Which is near the information centre, they roast their own beans there.Whilst they didnt have a lot of food on offer, they have great coffee and this outdoor service window.

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    Hi Richard,

    Did you notice how often Criterion St Cafe was mentioned? 24 times!! Hey, I havent been there so I dont know if theyre the goods or not, but it sounds like you need to strategically placed sign at the bottom of Criterion St saying "best coffee, 100m"... or one outside Crit St Cafe saying "keep walking"!

    I think it takes a while for people to catch on to what good coffee really tastes like. Good on you for educating people.

    Cheers
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    Hello all,
    whilst not a Taswegian, I was lucky enough to sample some of the cafes when I was there last year on our honeymoon.
    The Hobart ones have been mentioned already, but I thought that Oomph was superb when I was there.
    The Eucalypt cafe on the Arthur Hwy, Port Arthur was sensational. Oomph coffee.
    The Groovy Pengion in Penguin was very nice as well. Genovese Coffee.
    Cafe Indulgence in the cinema complex at Devonport is also well worth a visit. Another Oomph devotee.
    All the best,
    Steve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lovey link=1217393863/0#7 date=1218796751
    Hello all,
    The Eucalypt cafe on the Arthur Hwy, Port Arthur was sensational. Oomph coffee.
    When we were in Tassie a year ago we had coffee here. First round wasnt quite what I was hoping for, so I asked for another but started going into details of how I wanted it made. The woman behind the counter asked if I wanted to make it myself, which of course I happily did ;) That was my first experience behind a commercial machine & wasnt it quite a step up from my napolitana at home. Still, shot was decent & the woman was impressed that I seemed to know pretty much what I was doing.

    Not my favorite coffee, but service second only to Dane & Island Espresso (who really looked after us after a recommendation to visit by the veneziano boys).

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    My first commercial machine experience was also an eye opener but the many hours of practise on the Expobar meant it wasnt a disaster.

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    Re: For Tassie snobs - talk up your favourite cafe

    Quote Originally Posted by stuartgrant link=1217393863/0#2 date=1217475052
    Hobart - Villino Espresso in Criterion St is fantastic. They use Rio beans (same as Mecca in Syd - which is kudos enough) and Richard is a genius.
    Agreed.
    Since my VBM hit the bench at home, the only nice coffee I have purchased was from Richard at Villino.

    A good coffee in Tasmania is hard to find. So many very average efforts out there. I didnt realize how "average" some of the coffees were until I educated myself.

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    I actually reckon that in proportion to both population and overall number of cafes, we have more great cafes in Hobart than Melbourne!

    In Hobart, obviously Villino stands above the rest of the pack but Island, Oomph and Sugo also produce some excellent coffee most of the time. Then there are other ok cafes around Hobart like Brew, Tricycle and Machine (on a good day) that are less than snob-quality but not terrible either.

    Compare to Melbourne - theres obviously a larger overall number of great cafes, but also many billions* of cafes in the CBD the bulk of which are really, really terrible - and many of the really great places are out in the suburbs.

    Of course Tassie has the most dispersed population of any State, so outside of major population centers is likely to be a different story...

    *literally!

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    I agree with you m@ that Hobart has a pretty good number of decent cafés per capita. Interestingly, I dont think Hobart consumers have the same generally high level of coffee knowledge that Melbournites or Sydney-siders have... or that could be some kind of bias on my part...?

    Launceston unfortunately doesnt have a good range of cafés... or even ONE that Im happy with. Plenty of good coffee available, but only if the wind is right that day...

    Cheers
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    Can personally vouch for Villino in Hobart as of Saturday! An absolute top place and the greatest care is taken with every shot pulled. I sat there for a while and watched Richard and his side kick make many many-a-coffee and was very impressed.
    10/10 for consistency and quality.
    (hey, if Barristers from other cafes go there it must be good hehe)

    Good job mate :)

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    Villino is good! Just what I need after flying on to tassie. Thank you coffee snobs!

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    Never been to Villino but met Richard the other day at the Palate Training course at William Angliss VIC. Id go there just to say gday to him if I was in the area, top bloke - and by the sounds of it the coffee aint half bad either!

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    Villinos great, Richard is keeping the consistency real and managing that space of his well - BTW - time for you to move to a bigger cafe Richard!!!

    Id also add Devlish on Macquarie St which is as close to a coffee dedicated hole in the wall as we have in Hobart. Coffee focused and pumps them out, barista Marco remembers your order after the first shot, which is always a bonus.

    Smolt in Salamanca has been not too shabby either, so worth a try.

    And of course the toilet block in Cambelltown is legendary for its lattes when certain snobs from Burnie are in da hood!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baristacrat link=1217393863/0#16 date=1224039044
    And of course the toilet block in Cambelltown is legendary for its lattes when certain snobs from Burnie are in da hood!
    What am I missing?
    Or do I NOT want to know......

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    Hey all,

    I recently found out that Villino is open on Saturdays now, which is great news for those of us who dont live in Hobart and can only get there on weekends! Richards also started offering a single origin every week, which gets kudos from me!

    Cheers
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    I will give a thumbs up for eucalypt in port arthur. We went down to tassie for a weekend away and i was resigned to having average or bad coffee for a couple of days, so it was a pleasanbt surprise to see a cafe with such a complete coffee menu (they had ristrettos, doppios etc on the menu).

    The coffee was pretty good, certainly better than i expected.

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    Will remember that next time Im out that way.

    Made a bit of a find on the weekend - a campsite/holiday cabin called Seaview in Bicheno has changed hands and the new owners have opened a cafe on the site. Tried a flat white which was excellent, so also had a doppio ristretto which was also very good.

    Good coffee in Port Arthur and Bicheno - what is the world coming to?! ;D

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    Well done Richard at Villino!! Recently won best cafe in Tassie award with Cafe Culture and written up in the Delicious Magazine as one of the top cafes to go to in Tassie.
    Richard left a very successful job to enter the risky world of a cafe owner. He and partner Mel moved from Melbourne to Tassie to achieve this dream. While he was in Melbourne he worked full time corporate job and part time as a barista upgrading his skills. Also made an excellent business plan and did his homework really well.
    He has worked extremely hard to get all these praises from media, new coffee drinkers to coffee snobs. Great honest people and great coffee.
    Key to great coffee in a cafe is integrity and great focus. Two of his strongest qualities.
    Well done.
    He must have had a good mentor and teacher!!!! ;)
    Will plan to visit Villino soon.

    Andrew

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3136372330362530232C36420 link=1217393863/2#2 date=1217475052
    Hobart - Villino Espresso in Criterion St is fantastic. They use Rio beans (same as Mecca in Syd - which is kudos enough) and Richard is a genius. Island Espresso are great too, but can be inconsistent. Dont think they are roasting their own at the moment, but theyre getting good beans from Justin Metcalf. Sugo in Salamanca Square is interesting. Using Five Senses beans (good) and a Synesso (!!) with some guys who know how to use it (including my brother in law ... what? Its Tasmania!). Theyre pretty new in terms of being serious about coffee. Oomph in Hobart are a bit disappointing IMO because they roast so well, but make coffee inconsistently. Villino, Island and Oomph all have LMs.
    I thought that Island Espresso were roasting their own beans + the blend for Villino as well.

    Last time I was in Hobart (dec 07) I had great coffee at both of these cafes & at Oomph. Maybe at Oomph you need to wait for Aaron or Dane to be on the machines as they have always served me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4F45454A454341240 link=1217393863/22#22 date=1235015134
    I thought that Island Espresso were roasting their own beans + the blend for Villino as well.
    Nah, Island had stopped roasting their own last time I heard - there were murmurs of them starting to again, but as far as I know they arent.

    Villino definitely use Rio beans - both their house blend and their single origin (which changes more than weekly, which is cool - though hard work, Id imagine!).

    Cheers
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    I saw an advert on TV for a place in Sandy Bay called Dome.
    They advertise "best coffees from around the world" or something similar.
    So I just did a bit of internet browsing.
    This makes for interesting reading - http://www.eatingtassie.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=339
    That forum topic makes for a concerning read.
    Has anyone tried this place?

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    Just another Starbucks/Hudsons style chain... move on, nothing to see here ;)

    Havent bothered trying it out; from walking past the ambiance is somewhere between a "family restaurant" and the Elizabeth St mall...

    Quote from the eating tassie thread probably sums it up:
    Best bloody coffee in the world?

    I dont think SO.

    It is ...however.... probably the best watery pissweak coffee of any establishment in sandy bay called Dome.
    Brew on Sandy Bay Road would be the best coffee in Sandy Bay IME, they use Merlo beans and are reasonably consistent.

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    Just got back from Tassie and had my first great cup of coffee at home this morning. Disappointment after disappointment. To be fair though, I did not get to Hobart.

    Tried Coffee Republic (Launceston) and was not that impressed. Coffee was at least not burned, but was way too weak (even though a double shot) in a massive cup.

    Tant pour Tant was not bad, but also too weak in milk.

    The surprise of the trip was the Groovy Penguin in Penguin on the water opposite the park. About 30k east of Devonport. They use Genovese and the guy takes his coffee seriously as can be seen in the detailed coffee menu. I had a flat white which was pretty good and strong, if not a bit too hot. The best coffee of the trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5572794844170 link=1217393863/26#26 date=1239762596
    Disappointment after disappointment.
    Its great isnt it? Here we snobs are at home, making better coffee than we can buy. Gotta love that!
    Off to get cup number 2 for today...

    Hey, look at those smilies - some are very appropriate.
    Mouse hover over smiley for popup of description, makes more sense if you dont know them.

    Too busy to roast, no coffee *:(
    Broken coffee machine *:(
    Broken all the cups in the house *>:( (though I reckon Id use a water glass)
    The smell of freshly grinding fresh beans *::)
    The taste of my first cup of the day *:P
    My 2nd cup *8-)
    My 3rd cup :D (normal state)
    Do I want another today? *:-/
    My 4th cup *:o
    How about another? *:-?
    Admit how much you drink a day? *:-X
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    Yep, the Groovy Penguin gets my vote too. Havent been there for a little while but every time I have been there its been top notch.

    As for almost every other cafe... yes - Tassie is very bad. I dont think Ive had a great coffee in launnie. Tant pour Tant was probably your best bet.

    Quote Originally Posted by 6E7B697B7E7B771A0 link=1217393863/17#17 date=1228817779
    Quote Originally Posted by Baristacrat link=1217393863/0#16 date=1224039044
    And of course the toilet block in Cambelltown is legendary for its lattes when certain snobs from Burnie are in da hood!
    What am I missing?
    Or do I NOT want to know......
    Im still not sure what this is about... hopefully it has something to do with rayzurhed and not me :P

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    Re: For Tassie snobs - talk up your favourite cafe

    I just got back from Tassie this weekend and based on the recommendations here I went to Villino for a cuppa on a Sat morning and I must say that it definitely deserves the accolades it received here.

    The nice barista Caleb served me my espresso even before they opened (9.30am on Sat) cos I was there early. My follow up strong latte was beautiful as well. So yes, if any of youy visit Hobart, be sure to make that one ofn your stops.

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    There has been changes in Burnie....the old Shelleys cafe in the KMart complex has closed down.
    However the previous business owner has re-invented the business in a new location on Mount St as Boomerang Coffee.
    I believe they continue to use Oomph beans, and can confirm they generally produce good drinks, maybe not quite to same standard as Villinos, Island Espresso etc, *but certainly better than many others. *
    Check it out if you are in town.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 3518580 link=1217393863/0#0 date=1217393863
    ...here: http://www.news.com.au/mercury/comme...9-3462,00.html

    Are there any Tassie-based CoffeeSnobs sponsors??
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    NEW ROASTERY OPENING IN A FEW WEEKS !!!!

    Yep, after constant bombardment by the public we are finally moving back into the city with our roastery. ;D

    The new site is an open warehouse and it is certainly beautiful.
    Our gorgeous cast iron double wall drum roaster ( tweaked by Carlos) from Portugal will be on display.
    Our new SLAYER is on its way from Seattle and will arrive in a few days.
    We will have a SYNESSO operating as well. We will have the obligatory brewing, and Syphon choices too !
    Our extremely passionate team is very excited to be a part of it all, as they will be able to delve into all areas coffee whereas a lot of the team did not have the time to earlier as we have been so busy getting the other OOMPH shops set up.
    Oh and by the way to answer a couple of questions:
    How are the Oomph! Shops going?
    Liverpool st is still smashing out approx. 150 kilos per week solid.
    Maquarie is pumping, and Alex is on house there, with Ben assist. ( he is extremely passionate and is on a steep learning curve and loving it)
    Barrack st is setting new records every week, and Candy ( barista ) is doing a superb job on her 2 gp LM. She is one of the most consistent baristi in Hobart and I regularly drop in to have coffee there.
    The Oomph! baristas are certainly impressive. Our blends in each shop change every week, and sometimes several times in a day. On Single Origin weeks the guys are not only getting hammered but are also changing coffees up to three times per day, as well as managing house blends. Consistency is something we are proud to say we are not. We change all the time ! The success of Oomph! is due to this amazing team to whom I am truly thankful. Every time I walk in I am hit with a wall of questions on the roast profile, the age, the blend makeup, cupping notes, etc etc. The enthusiams is fantastic. And that is on top of doing hard out ten hour shifts.
    These are some of the hardest working, diligent, and consistently excellent baristas in the country, considering their workload, and the constantly changing coffees presented to them on a regular basis. God Bless them.

    Now, the roastery:
    We are going to be featuring Sat. Morning cupping sessions.
    The roasting team will have a full database of cupping notes on each Single Origin and we will be giving classes on cupping, and palate calibration.
    A discussion on findings will take place afterwards and comparisons with roast team notes and those of the attending vistor cuppers (you ) will be compared.
    We will be using our standard SCAAA cupping forms, although Azz is looking at doing some adjustments.
    Our results will be posted weekly on our new website for those who would like to know, and to give a tasting and buying guide.

    The warehouse will feature a full kitchen and chef, and the roaster and beans will be open to public to see. Certain secrets will be protected of course ;) blend percentages, ramp profiles etc.

    We will be offering the occasional Cup Of Excellence Coffees and as we regularly buy from Cup of Excellence top ranking producing farms those coffee will be available for sale.

    There will be a minimum of 18 Single Origin coffees within reach at all times. Roasting will be taking place 4 days per week. You can down your *SLAYER* produced espresso ;D :)
    ( Did I mention that we have a SLAYER about to arrive !!! )
    while you are watching the just crackling beans being poured out into the cooling tray !
    Daino will be joining the roasting team, and so we are definately in for some fun times.
    Will, Sam, and Ben are very keen to roast and each of our top guys will be doing their time through the new warehouse.

    So, here is to being delightfully inconsistent in what we offer. No, I hope we can thrill you each time you come in with something different as we have done for years in the Oomph! shops.
    That is just one reason we are at the top of the pile here.
    We came, we saw, we conquered :)

    In truth there are very few coffee pros that I can truly respect here in the state. If I was going to give any real accolades to any one here in Tassie besides our humble selves ( sorry about all the self promotion :-[ ) I would have to give it to Dana at Island Espresso. Dana was doing it well before anyone else here. He is an excellent source of coffee knowledge, and his technical know how is impressive. On top of that Dana is probably one of the best trainers I have seen, and has done, and is again, roasting his own excellent coffees.
    Other than us, I would give Island espresso the full recognition they deserve. 10/10
    Adios,
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    Living in the Tasmanian North West sure has had its downside, in the form of mediocrity and yet more mediocrity to downright dishwater.

    Out of all the coffees Ive tried in the last 4 years of living in Wonderland, the NorthWest, which excludes Launceston, Id have rated the Groovy Penguin at Penguin - 7/10, Cafe Indulgence in the cinema complex at Devonport - 6/10 and Shelleys (now defunct) at Burnie 5.5/10.

    I have been frustrated in my search for a good coffee to the point of intentionally not ordering any when eating out, as I just cant handle the disappointment any more! ... Until today!!

    I took my wife out to lunch for her Birthday, to a cafe/eatery that she has been telling me about for the last 6 months. Deli Central at 49B Victoria St, Ulverstone ....... yes, Ulverstone, formerly known as Gods Waitingroom This place is hidden in a carpark behind the main street. As it happens, the barista was new and imported from the mainland. The Genovese coffee was excellent and consistent and cut through the milk quite forcefully, but at the same time showing its complexity of flavour, which has been lacking in all other coffees I have tried in Tassie - 8.5/10.

    Like Arnie, I will be back!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by 3334303F2B65332330383F2B510 link=1217393863/33#33 date=1263458241
    As it happens, the barista was new and imported from the mainland.
    I think I can see where the problem has been.

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    Steady on, TG! :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by 516D706B616077626A61050 link=1217393863/34#34 date=1263465628
    Quote Originally Posted by 3334303F2B65332330383F2B510 link=1217393863/33#33 date=1263458241
    As it happens, the barista was new and imported from the mainland. *
    AND

    I think I can see where the problem has been.
    Quote Originally Posted by 7671706477716277646B71050 link=1217393863/35#35 date=1263486310
    Steady on, TG! :P
    TG is just implying that the problems with coffee is more often than not the BARISTA...

    Got nothing to do with the fact that people from the mainland make better coffee... Thats just a given and not even part of the 2 + 2 = 5 equation. ;D :D :o


    Opps I can see a pour off coming... I better get my EM6910 and double floor basket out of retirement ;) and get teh spice grinder off my wife.... Damm I lost my plastic Tamper.

    PS... Only place I found in Tas, was a little ally way under some stairs in Hobart being staffed by some young people.. 9.2/10

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7E51585A4D725E515E585A525A514B3F0 link=1217393863/36#36 date=1263504437
    TG is just implying that the problems with coffee is more often than not the BARISTA
    No I wasnt! ;)

    Quote Originally Posted by 7E51585A4D725E515E585A525A514B3F0 link=1217393863/36#36 date=1263504437
    Got nothing to do with the fact that people from the mainland make better coffee
    Got everything to do with it!!! :P


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    Sorry this is a little OT.....

    Quote Originally Posted by 437F6279737265707873170 link=1217393863/34#34 date=1263465628
    I think I can see where the problem has been.
    Yes, but thats only the effect. The cause can be traced back to the lifestyle in Tas and particularly here in the NW. With a total population of a whopping 106k aprox., most here really dont give a hoot and therein lies the problem. The psyche. With most of the mobile mainland tourist trade getting off the ferry in Devonport and heading East to Launceston and on to Hobart, this leaves the NW as the best kept hideaway ... wouldnt surprise me if Bin-Laden was up here!
    So, it comes down to the attitude of the cafe owner and then, on their experience. Its one thing to want to provide great coffee, but does the owner actually know what this constitutes? Most dont. Then the flow-on effect happens, whereby they hire a barista, which up here, is generally anyone who knows how to get anything out of one of those fancy machines and they think the problem is solved and that their cafe makes the best coffee in Tas. Very Sad!! Remember, JMHO, but I also speak from many, many very disappointing experiences.

    Sorry, back to the topic.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by 614E4745526D414E4147454D454E54200 link=1217393863/36#36 date=1263504437
    Opps I can see a pour off coming...
    Challenge accepted! (Although Im OS until April.)

    Quote Originally Posted by 614E4745526D414E4147454D454E54200 link=1217393863/36#36 date=1263504437
    PS... Only place I found in Tas, was a little ally way under some stairs in Hobart being staffed by some young people..9.2/10
    There are several great places in Hobart, AM. Read this thread or (wait for it) ask Taswegian CSers next time you travel that way.


    Quote Originally Posted by 7448554E444552474F44200 link=1217393863/37#37 date=1263508281
    Got everything to do with it!!!
    You just nominated yourself for the pour-off, TG! :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3E39382C3F392A3F2C23394D0 link=1217393863/39#39 date=1263540389
    You just nominated yourself for the pour-off, TG!
    I think I can do better than most of the NW Tas "baristas". :P

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    I have had better coffee in Tas than in Australias coffee capital ;)

    Have to confess that a doppio ristretto I had at Flint & Steel was just a nose in front of the best Ive had at Villino though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6A47070 link=1217393863/41#41 date=1264634434
    Have to confess that a doppio ristretto I had at Flint & Steel was just a nose in front of the best Ive had at Villino though.
    HD will be pleased; no offence to Richard.

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    None whatsoever - it is the highest praise I can give!

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    Re: For Tassie snobs - talk up your favourite cafe

    Has anyone else been to the new Oomph roastery in Murray Street? Theres a great article on it in the Sunday Tasmanian newspaper, 2nd May 2010, "Sunday Taste", page 12.
    The article also talks about Richard at Villino.

    It is fantastic to finally see something like this in Hobart, somewhere that does what coffee deserves to have done with...
    The coffee experiences I have had with Dain at the Cupping Room in Murray Street have been excellent. The Slayer does a fantastic job, as does everything else at this place.
    Seriously, Im impressed.
    First time I have had an espresso outside Italy that I really enjoyed.

    So now there are two excellent places in Hobart to have a coffee!

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    as posted in the Devonport thread...

    Mason & Mason in Steele St is back to great coffee... the owner is still learning the fine art (arent we all) but REALLY cares about the coffee the he puts out.

    They use beans roasted by Richard from Villino in Hobart - and have a bit of a partnership with them training wise etc...

    Make sure you re-visit if youve been turned off in the past by previous owners... EVERYTHING has changed (which is a good thing!) :P

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    Burnie Update.
    Regret to advise boomerang coffee in Burnie has closed down.
    (Not for want of patronage as far as I know, always seemed to be people in there).

    However Hot Mother Lounge in Wilson St, has an enthusiastic young barista, making coffee that is worth trying if you are in town.

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    and now there is Another Mother which is just around the corner... cant vouch for this one as Ive never been there but its the same people, same beans so... Id say itd be a safe bet. If only they opened just a little longer!!

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    Repast, hidden in the back streets of Penguin is worth a try. Barista Andrew is doing great things with a coffee roasted in Launceston. *When in Devonport I always drop in at Playfish in Forbes St. *Quinton & Lindsay take a lot of care with their Di Bella premium blend. *Bruces Cafe in Wynyard is an ultra-reliable purveyor of Genovese Super Brazil as is Touchwood Cafe in Stanley.

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    A few more NW Tasmania cafe updates.

    Deli Central in Ulverstone has been sold. New owners to take over in March. *New management have a long history with Lavazza so we will see if the Genovese Super Brazil survives the transition.

    The Groovy Penguin Cafe (which I owned & operated for five years before selling in July 09) has also been sold. New owners move in on March 1. *The present managers have been there only 18 months. *The Groovy has been using Genovese for over 10 years.

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