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    Great coffee - 'Baroque' at Magnus Street Nelson Bay, probably best cafe in the area, however, no water views but always packed. 'Cinnamon Beans' at Salamander Shopping Centre, recently opened, great coffee, limited cake offerings, dont know about their food as yet!

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    Port Stephens - Nelson Bay area

    Went to Baroque today. I don't doubt it's the best coffee in Nelson Bay, but if it is then that's not saying much for the other cafes . Piazza D'or beans through an old Elektra machine were ok but nothing special. Milk was textured reasonably well but a few degrees too hot.

    Food was quite good there. I ordered prawn fettuccine and other than it coming out with linguine rather than fettuccine, it was fine, and choc full of prawns. My wife's calamari was good too.

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    • #3
      Any updates on the Bay Area?
      Heading up there for few days this Friday.
      Taking my own beans and Caravelle for morning "wake up", but might just need one whilst out and about.

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      • #4
        Baroque OK, cafe 'Nice' at the end of arcade opposite Baroque best, cafe at Fingal Beach has changed hands and the last coffee I bought there I threw out. 'Cinamon Bean' at Salamander Bay shopping centre good coffee.

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        • #5
          Baroque - seriously? you guys must just love seeing young girls in short get up. They are not known for their coffee. ;-)

          Try Ethica in Arcade walk opposite the post office. Direct trade PNG.

          Balwoges is right - Long Boat at Fingal has changed owners.

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          • #6
            Haven't been to Baroque for a while, packed out with tourists every day at the moment - they mustn't have much taste I like 'Nice' because of the staff, its quirky, nothing is too much trouble and you get a biscuit free with the coffee.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by axisa View Post
              Try Ethica in Arcade walk opposite the post office. Direct trade PNG.
              Did a taste test of Ethica a couple of hours ago thinking what have I been missing - nothing, wont be going back

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              • #8
                Balwoges - wow! What a disappointment. I was there at the weekend, took one look at the half dozen teenagers behind the counter and turned around with change clanging in my pocket. A very different atmosphere to the original.

                It's back to milkshakes at the bay for me from now on.

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                • #9
                  Yup! You can have a top of the line machine, quality beans, but inexperience behind the machine......... Is always the let down IMO.
                  I was up there the last two weekends, found Baroque "acceptable" and Cinnamon Bean not so acceptable.
                  I saw "experience" behind the machine at Baroque, young girls at Cinnamon Bean and the man taking orders at the register (I assumed to be the manager/owner was Indian. Now I have been to India twice, love the people, but they can't make coffee western style. Indian style is another matter. Very enjoyable!

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                  • #10
                    Finding good coffee in the Nelson Bay area is not easy, sorry about your experience, hope you enjoyed your other activities up here ... this morning went down to Fingal beach and tried the coffee at the Longboat cafe again after 4 months, erghh! just as bad as the first experience, only coffee I have ever thrown out as being undrinkable.

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                    • #11
                      Geez if you are looking for a town to open a cafe, you'll struggle to find a more beautiful part of Australia which has a decent-sized population and a dearth of competition...

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                      • #12
                        Johnathon, that sounds like an invite :-)

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by axisa View Post
                          Johnathon, that sounds like an invite :-)
                          More a suggestion. I live in Melbourne and I'm a very proud Victorian but I think coastal towns are maybe the one thing that NSW does better than Vic.

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                          • #14
                            Every month it seems a new coffee shop opens, wait till the season is over and all the visitors are gone, that's the test. What is needed is someone to open a coffee kiosk and just specialise in good coffee, Wow! the locals would love that

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