Post By Rocky
Post By Jono_Willmer
How things have changed...
Not much more than a decade ago, I would view venturing into unknown territory with trepidation as there was so much bad coffee around and you had less than a 50/50 chance of getting something drinkable (at least if you were a Long Black drinker)
I have just come back from a driving trip of about 3500 klms to Canberra taking a route via Theodore, Miles, Goondiwindi, Dubbo, Narrabri, Parkes, Forbes, Young, Canberra and back via Cowra, Dubbo, Goondiwindi, Toowoomba, Gayndah, and Biloela.
9 days with coffee in a different place each day, some in small country towns, and not a bad Long Black the whole time.
One of the standouts was a little Cafe in Theodore QLD (Pop. 450) that was as professional as anything in a Capital city with great service, cake and coffee. Even quality cup-ware.
The Cafes in the little country towns were often quaint, sometimes had a banged-up old Boema on the counter, but served good coffee with a smile.
(I got used to checking that they were going to put 2 shots in a small cup for my Long Black, but once that was understood there were no problems)
A little Cafe in the main street of Gayndah (Pop. 1700) had great food (Tiramisu & Macadamia slices) and good Di Bella coffee plus friendly personal service from the Barista.
The two best cafes on the trip (both real 'Coffee-Snob' outfits) were:
Ground Up Espresso Bar in Toowoomba.
ONA Coffee House Cafe in Canberra.
If this trip was a valid representation of where we are now at in Australia with our coffee culture then I think we are very well served indeed.
I travel a bit into country towns for work and I live in a regional centre. As you say ten years ago you wouldn't dare drink coffee where I live now days I can get a great double espresso in most places I visit. It still pays to be picky though.