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    I am an absolute sucker for a new cafe. No matter how often I am served over-heated, bubbly milked, under/over-extracted espresso-ed coffee; if I see a new, attractive cafe, I just have to try the coffee. Maybe this time Ill be pleasantly surprised, maybe this time theyll actually have a barista driving the machine who knows how to make coffee as it ought to be made.

    Well, this afternoon we noticed a new cafe had opened on the main street in town, with an espresso brand Im not familiar with (I think it was Amici?). The machine looked clean, the hopper of the grinder wasnt yellow with rancid coffee oils, and the steaming arm of the machine was silver, not caked with dried milk!! So, my husband and I though wed give it a go. Its always nice to be able to go out somewhere for coffee, even though we have it pretty fantastic at home.

    We couldnt see any examples of their work (place was pretty empty), so we decided the safe option was the flat white. We ordered take away as our 18 month old isnt the most patient of little girls. So we ordered, and watched very carefully as our coffees were made. The espresso seemed to be pouring nicely, not too fast, both of us surreptitiously counting "23, 24, 25" under our breath. So far, so good. Unfortunately, neither of us paid any attention to the milk texturing as we were doing so.

    My husband paid for the coffees and picked them up, and as we were walking out the door muttered to me "theyre burning my hands". *:-?

    So we didnt bother sipping them til we got home a good 5-10 minutes later. Argh! Burnt tongues! Coffee tastes foul! Milk is scalded and just awful!

    So we tipped them down the sink; poured ourselves two doppio ristretto lattes of my current blend (Tarrazu:Mandheling:Yirg), sat down, sipped, and sighed with pleasure at the smooth, chocolatey taste. Ah, Mr Giotto, we love you! * :D *(Insert plug for Talk Coffee here *;) ).

    But you know, next time I see a new cafe that looks clean and trendy, Ill probably still order a latte. I just cant seem to help it...

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    It is worth giving a cafe a go if it looks the goods but sadly looks can often be deceiving. I will try new cafes if they look the goods and have a brand I know will be fresh and at times that still fails. Better to try and make an informed opinion though.

    Plus it helps the ego if it isnt as good as your home roasted and brewed coffee :)

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    Re: Sucker for a New Cafe

    Sadly there are very few cafes that make coffee even close to that you can make at home...

    There are a few in Perth - very few!!!

    Some months ago I attended a Commercial equipment course with a couple of Baristas from a local cafe..... so after the course I thought Id give the cafe a try.

    I left wondering why they had spent all that money on the course..... or did they just fall back into their old "bad habits" :o ::)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JavaB link=1169704256/0#2 date=1169705252
    I left wondering why they had spent all that money on the course..... or did they just fall back into their old "bad habits" :o ::)
    Most likely the same old commercial pressures that were being applied by the owner ante-training were being reapplied post-training.... probably doesnt understand the time and method required to make a real coffee.... mores the pity :-/

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwatt link=1169704256/0#0 date=1169704256
    I am an absolute sucker for a new cafe.
    ME TOO!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by mwatt link=1169704256/0#0 date=1169704256
    No matter how often I am served over-heated, bubbly milked, under/over-extracted espresso-ed coffee; if I see a new, attractive cafe, I just have to try the coffee.
    ME TOO!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by mwatt link=1169704256/0#0 date=1169704256
    Maybe this time Ill be pleasantly surprised, maybe this time theyll actually have a barista driving the machine who knows how to make coffee as it ought to be made.
    METOOOOOOOO!!!

    Im shocking. I am SO sucked in by decor. Anything remotely funky looking - I have to try it!
    Ive been know to do some incredibly illegal driving manoevres to go back and "have a look" at a cafe Ive passed.

    Yet SO many disappointments. Oh well. At least I wont have missed anything that was good.

    Meg

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    Re: Sucker for a New Cafe

    Not me!
    Im far too afraid of being disappointed when it comes to receiving a coffee somewhere thats not up to scratch, that I will only go to around 4 or 5 cafes in Melbourne, and then mostly reluctantly, as I far prefer to potter around with my own equipment at home, safe in the knowledge that if I produce a cuppa thats not up to scratch, I can always turf it and start again!

    P

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    I am afraid that I am like ATCG, I only buy coffee from a few places, I also know what to ask for for whomever is on the machine at the time. A double shot for some baristas as I have no idea why but their shots always taste weak and watery when my favourite Barista makes a fabulous latte without needing to be asked for a double shot (my guess is tamping technique).

    Cibo Baristas use a tamper, some better than others.





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    Re: Sucker for a New Cafe

    I hear you re. the scalding coffee. I was recently travelling in WA and stopped in a small town for my afternoon pick-me-up. I found (what looked like) a trendy little cafe and ordered a large flat white. Well!!! I reckon they heated the milk in a pressure vaccuum..it was beyond boiling. I have never had a coffee so hot. I ended up not drinking it because it was so damn hot and was burning the roof of my mouth. Even sipping it was murder. Glad I was just passing through :)




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    Re: Sucker for a New Cafe

    yeh perth CBD near me at least leaves a lot to be desired. I walk past 7 coffee outlets (cant really call some of them cafes) to get my midmorning coffee. I cant seem to convice the director here to relocate the office to Outram St in West Perth though.

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    I tried a cafe that was new for me over the past couple of days. I was taking my son back to school and had been recommended a place in the town. It was hidden down a back lane but parking was easy to find in the parking area across from the cafe.

    It was the first place I have been to that only serves your coffee in takeaway containers, regardless of whether youre there to sit down or take away. At least if you are sitting down you get a saucer and spoon with the cup...

    Milk was over done and I am still sporting a burnt tongue tip! Ala Robusto I am sure! ;)

    Disappointing really as they were advertising that they were using "free trade organic coffee".

    I will admit to feeling a bit wary when I saw the female "barista" using the tamper on the grinder to tamp the coffee down. So I didnt pick up the cup straight away after receiving it! And very cautiously tested when I did finally try it.

    Coffee itself was thin and not really of great flavour, IMO.

    Today, I went to my still fave cafe in Tamworth, received my standard flat white and even though its only Segafredo coffee, milk was perfectly temped and coffee tasted great! A hint of chocolate and no burnt/bitter flavours at all! I was sure to compliment the barista there (another woman, the owner of the cafe I think too.)

    So I can be assured of at least two places serving great coffee in the North West...and one of them happens to be where I work... :D ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwatt link=1169704256/0#0 date=1169704256
    I am an absolute sucker for a new cafe. No matter how often I am served over-heated, bubbly milked, under/over-extracted espresso-ed coffee; if I see a new, attractive cafe, I just have to try the coffee. Maybe this time Ill be pleasantly surprised, maybe this time theyll actually have a barista driving the machine who knows how to make coffee as it ought to be made.
    <snip>
    But you know, next time I see a new cafe that looks clean and trendy, Ill probably still order a latte. I just cant seem to help it...
    My husbands been frequenting the dentist lately (wisdom teeth: a misnoma if ever there was one), and every time hes been, the cafe next to the dentist has been closing up. Today, however, was the first appointment hes had on a friday, and they are open later, so I parked the pram, and ordered a latte.

    When it arrived at the table (served in a bowl- for want of a better name for said vessel), I was pleasantly surprised by the smooth, glossy microfoam and rich, reddish brown colour of the crema. My husband tested it first, and told me it was brilliant; my 19 month old agreed- her verdict of the foam was mmm mmm. They were absolutely right. It was a superb cup. *:D My compulsive cafe-testing finally pays off!


    P.S. Is it usual for lattes to be served in a bowl?

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    They must be French to serve the lattte in the bowl ;D

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    Re: Sucker for a New Cafe

    Whats the popular size for a latte glass?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Go Barista/Gene Cafe Roaster link=1169704256/0#11 date=1172832613
    They must be French to serve the lattte in the bowl ;D
    Or Kiwis, I understand that serving lattes in a bowl is common in New Zealand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saambo link=1169704256/0#7 date=1170034548
    I hear you re. the scalding coffee. I was recently travelling in WA and stopped in a small town for my afternoon pick-me-up. I found (what looked like) a trendy little cafe and ordered a large flat white. Well!!! I reckon they heated the milk in a pressure vaccuum..it was beyond boiling. I have never had a coffee so hot. I ended up not drinking it because it was so damn hot and was burning the roof of my mouth. Even sipping it was murder. Glad I was just passing through :)
    I was just wondering what little town you were in.

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