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    New England and North West Slopes and Plains

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Well, not to blow my own trumpet...well...okay...maybe just a little...

    If youre cruising the outback and are heading through to Lightening Ridge (like you do!) be sure to stop in at Wee Waas bakery in Rose Street and say hi...If youre lucky and Im behind the machine, well, youll get the best coffee in the North West as voted by many who pass through and live here! :D And seeing as I am there pretty much every day...youll be guaranteed of that!

    Tamworth...well, my pick there is Immrama in Peel Street. Especially if Phils son is on the machine. He is the most awesome at free hand latte art. Hell even ask you what youd like drawn in your milk coffee! I got a jester last time!

    Armidale...The Goldfish Bowl in Dangar Street. Stand on the side of the pavement and enjoy the spectacle of the naked portafilter or squeeze on in for a bit of food and people watching. This is my most visited haunt in Armidale and the coffee is always great.

    Just a hint for the city folk travelling...most of these places are not open on Sundays. I think that Goldfish Bowl might only open on a Sunday once a month when the local markets are on. The bakery and Immrama are never open on Sundays.

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    Re: New England and North West Slopes and Plains

    Ill second the Goldfish Bowl recommendation.

    They seem to be doing some tasty looking baked goods as well.





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    Re: New England and North West Slopes and Plains

    Out the Back - in Inverell has some very good coffee. Its out the back of a bookshop up the coles end of byron st.

    Their coffee is as good as my fave spots in brisbane.

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    Re: New England and North West Slopes and Plains

    The Cafe in Narrabri is quite good also and the young ladies behind the counter there seem to know reasonably well what they are doing. The coffee tasted great, too!


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    Re: New England and North West Slopes and Plains

    Bites tongue...

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    Re: New England and North West Slopes and Plains

    ;D

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    Well, to put it another way - for Narrabri, it was fairly decent and a lot better than the place across the road in the bakery that brewed up a 1 litre jug of bubble bath, no cleaning of steam wand and literally slopped everything into a cup together...Ewww! :o

    Any other place you can recommend in Narrabri, Scoota, since I go up there a couple of times a year to visit rellies?

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    Re: New England and North West Slopes and Plains

    Just come out to Wee Waa...Ill give you the best coffee in the district...itll be worth the extra 20 minute drive...;)

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    Re: New England and North West Slopes and Plains

    Sold! My sister in law worked at the CSIRO place out there, and my hubby worked for her as a general assistant for a while, so theyll know where to go...take the kidlets out to the array while were out there for a look...

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    Caffiends On Marsh

    Great cafe for great coffee. I know a couple of the baristas there and the way they work is their are only 4 trained baristas to use the machine. Great consistency.

    Shop1/110 Marsh St
    Armidale 2350
    Ph 02 6771 3178.

    Enjoy.
    (also if your visiting Armidale PM me!)

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    Re: Goldfish Bowl - Highly recommended

    I have been doing some work in Armidale recently and so had to try the local coffee. Caffiends was my first stop and frankly disappointing. The short black was under extracted, weak and bitter.
    After a bit of searching I found the Goldfish Bowl and a little peace of coffee heaven. Walking in and seeing the Robur and Linea on the bench was a good start. My short black arrived in short order and was getting excited. A beautiful extraction with thick brick red crema. The flavour was rich and balanced and linger for ages afterwards. They are using Golden Cobra beans which I havent tried before so I will keep an eye out for them. I have now been there 5 or 6 six times and seen 2 different baristas and each time I have got a beautifully extracted short black. I would rate them up with the big names in Brisbane and Melbourne.

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    Re: New England and North West Slopes and Plains

    Scone...

    If youre travelling up the NE highway, stop at the info centre in Scone (near the park). Behind it is a what looks like a new/recently renovated restaurant called "Canter". Even though it was 3:30pm (between lunch and dinner) the owner was making take away coffees (3grp LM & Robur). They use Campos beans and Bonsoy...

    A very good find.

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    Hey Smokey...

    I stopped in here on my way to the "big smoke" on Saturday.

    Coffee was just fine (after 4 hours driving it was very welcome actually!) and the service friendly and quick for such a busy little spot.

    I also had some lunch there, it was a good size serving for me as a traveler (I dont like to eat a lot when driving) but I wasnt so keen on the prices...a little exy for my liking...

    Id definitely recommend it as a stop for coffee however...

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    Another Recommendation for "Out the Back" in Inverell

    We stopped here heading north and as we were coming back through, wed have gone there again but sadly discovered that it was shut on Mondays! The bookstore was still open however.

    "Out the Back" was a bit of a find but if you are keen, push on past the books (it was tempting to browse but we had a long way yet to go!) and get to the cafe seciton of the shop. There is a nice outdoor eating area and this is where we chose to sit.

    Theyre serving Tobys Estate coffee and there was certainly nothing to complain about there. All good, except maybe for the slightly stained cup I got. It made me think that I must be more dilligent with ours as it really is a bit off putting when you get one like this!

    One complaint was with the "jam" they served with my turkish toast. I did mention to the people running the cafe that I thought that their "jam" was a bit too runny as I couldnt even scoop it out of the little glass with my knife! And I definitely dont think that whole grapes and bits of pineapple in a syrup is jam either...

    But definitely stop for coffee if you find yourself in Inverell.



    "Out the Back"
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    Ooooh I remember that place!
    We were in Bingara for a wedding, and made a daytrip to Inny and I remember I got in a lot of trouble for slowing the group down cause I just wanted to read books and drink coffee. It was pretty decent back then, but damn, the coffee didnt look like! Might be time to visit again.

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    i love that jam =)

    its not tobys anymore either, its a custom blend from a newish small roaster in Sydney, cant remember the name sorry.

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    Time to update this thread too...lots of changes in the NW of NSW for coffee.

    No longer am I the barista at Wee Waa Bakery. However, I may sometimes be doing a "guest barista" role on Saturday mornings, so if you're passing through, you might get lucky! However, be assured that I've been instrumental in the training of my fellow ex colleagues, including the my replacement and I am happy with what they are doing. You should still expect to get a very good coffee here, better than anywhere else local (a big call I know but I do know what else is being done in the district coffee wise.)

    Meanwhile, the Goldfish Bowl in Armidale has moved to being the "Goldfish Bowl Bakery" and has also sold their "hole in the wall" to another passionate coffee person. So, if you're visiting Armidale, try "The Goldfish Bowl Bakery" Shop 3, 160 Rusden Street. Their sourdough is also worth mentioning!

    I can't speak for the old Goldfish Bowl as I have not been there to try it as yet.

    The "Out the Back" Cafe in Inverell is also still doing a great coffee but yes, as stated earlier, no longer with Toby's Estate beans. I did see the roaster's name the other day and I forgot to write it down!

    "Canter" in Scone is closed. The property was sold and the restaurant was closed as a result. I haven't heard if the owners have started elsewhere. A shame really as it was for me a great halfway stop on a trip to Sydney!

    "Immrama" in Tamworth is also now no longer. It is a great woodfired pizza restaurant instead!

    Meanwhile, try Addimi Espresso, but for me personally, I am constantly astounded at their disdain at me when I go and order my standard coffee of long black with cream. Even the owner himself the other day, seemed to be making my coffee on pain of death and no where near filled my cup. They use Allpress coffee.

    Also in Tamworth is Cafe 2340 in White Street. Named after Tamworth's postcode, so if you forget, just remember that. Serving Merlo coffee but at least the service is far better and last there, the young barista was still doing his amazing coffee art on your flat whites or lattes!

    Tamworth is also home to a couple of roasters, Antilles and The Coffee Bean Roasting House. So you will find their coffee being sold through various cafes throughout Tamworth and the region. However, if you like Coffeesnob's Espresso Wow, don't be expecting huge things from either of these roasters. They tend towards a very mild coffee that is not huge in flavour as I believe that they are aiming for the untrained country palate that only likes milky coffee drinks.

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    I'll throw another name in the ring for Armidale coffee, Bistro on Cinders, a small cafe/restaurant on Cinders lane behind the post office.

    Had a lunch there on Saturday a weekend or two ago and the coffee served up was absolutely fantastic. So good I went back for seconds.

    By and large the cuisine and culinary delights of Armidale have slipped recently, but every now and again my cynicism bubble is duly popped. This was one such time.

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    Some more updating with regard to Armidale ...

    Goldfish Bowl is still doing excellent coffee though these days they are also roasting as well. They also have an excellent breakfast and lunch menu. Friday lunch time is wood fired pizza time. Last time I was there was in the midst of a rare Armidale heat wave and they were serving cold brew as well. One thing that never changes! Goldfish Bowl has a regular period of hibernation in January. They can be hardly blamed for that though - most of Armidale hibernates in January.

    Bistro in Cinders has always been a personal favorite of mine. Now that I live in Brisbane it's the place I most miss. They have put a lot of effort into improving their coffee over the years, but it's the food that really stands out. (They hibernate over the Christmas / January period as well.)

    One place yet to be mentioned is Altitude. They have been roasting and serving their own coffee for several years ago. IMHO they may not be as technically excellent as Goldfish Bowl, but I prefer their blend. They also supply several other places in the neighbourhood. They are open all year round which is a real plus in January.

    And there are several other place that do an acceptable job. For its size, I think Armidale is particularly well served with regard to coffee.

    Best wishes, Russell

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    Had a very nice flat white from the Global Village cafe in Coonamble a few weeks back. Had zero expectation of drinkable coffee (on the basis of my previous visits to this town), but the coffee was very well-made, by a young chap who appeared to care about what he was doing. A very welcome surprise.



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