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  • #61
    I'll throw up a recommendation for a new Place that has popped up out near my Place in Lake Macquarie (just south of Newcastle). The cafe is called Soto and is located at 1/45 Evans Street, Belmont (just off the pacific Highway). Great little vibe and very friendly staff. Coffee is top end, fairly certain they are using a locally roasted bean. Running a nice La Marzocco set up. Worth a try if out the Lake Mac area!

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    • #62
      Had a couple of beautiful flat whites last week at The Press (mentioned above) on Hunter St. Highly recommended.

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      • #63
        I got out to quite a few cafes in the Hunter in the last year while sales repping milk
        Bikesmith in Maitland, they use Sprocket Roasters, absolutely amazing coffee, friendly owner making the move to locally sourced ingredients and truly recyclable cups
        Peaberrys Coffee Roasters in Islington, their Mac Daddy is one of my favourite blends, very friendly staff
        Hunter Belle Cheese Cafe in Muswellbrook, I'm a little biased because I used to work for them, but their milk plus Peaberrys coffee makes my favourite flat white. Naomi the
        Double Picc in Muswellbrook, not quite sure what coffee they use, but the owners are fanatics for good coffee and I've never had a bad coffee from them
        Liquid Gold on Shortland Esplanade in Newy, using Crema Garage beans and they've just taken delivery of a new Rocket R9 (I think), super friendly staff and a great view
        Kicks Coffee in Singleton, they're using Glitch Roasters, very strong blend but I'm a fan, very friendly staff and the owners Ben and Erin are really nice people.

        Will add a few more when I get time

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        • #64
          Had the pleasure of catching up with a mate at Red Parrot Coffee at Islington (Newcastle) yesterday.
          They have been around for a few years but only in the current location since 2019. Heard about them through word of mouth as their reputation is quickly spreading.
          What a great place, coffee roasted on site, and a choice of "17 Artisan coffee choices to drink in café anytime".
          Was fortunate enough to have a chat with the owner and tour by the manager/roaster in between coffees.
          Very passionate, friendly and knowledgeable team, and I reckon they have raised the bar in this area by offering numerous choices of quality beans to sample. Others will surely have to follow.
          This one is definitely worth trying for any Novacastrians or those passing through.
          Cheers
          Mal

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