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    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    That's a shame a staff member at Peaberry's let them down, I love the 'Seattle" coffee beans/ground coffee I buy there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Banjo View Post
    ordered two large Cap's, 2 people working the machine having a good old conversation and one tending tables/taking orders, well it wasn't till i arrived at the hospital 10 minutes later i discovered they couldn't even get my order right, ended up with flat whites and it was ordinary, a good instant would of been better.

    So the general theme of poor coffee in the Hunter continues, sorry Dennis.
    Real coffee...be real about presenting it!

    Arriving at the hospital 10 minutes later (and THAT would be a very conservative time as I know, from Lambton to John Hunter, finding a park and then having to carry it into the ward) with large takeaway cap's (yeah, I can't spell it either) would without a doubt, 'convert' them into ordinary "flat" whites in my view.

    How can you figure turning up with 10+ minute post espresso takeaway coffees to be a "real" coffee? Stale, warm and flat stretched milk, yuk!

    I do, however agree with you that a "good instant would have been better" in this case!

    I don't get much coffee from there now as I roast and make a great coffee at home. But when I am there, I let them know that I "know" coffee and watch it being made.

    It's my view that, takeaway coffee, like most other takeaway foods, will always be inferior to serve and sip for all the obvious reasons.

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    Having been a patient in the Hunter I can vouch for the coffee from their own restaurant on the ground floor being like manna from heaven - anything has to be better than the food and drinks served to the poor unfortunates in that place! and its still hot by the time it gets to the panting patient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevo View Post
    Real coffee...be real about presenting it!

    Arriving at the hospital 10 minutes later (and THAT would be a very conservative time as I know, from Lambton to John Hunter, finding a park and then having to carry it into the ward) with large takeaway cap's (yeah, I can't spell it either) would without a doubt, 'convert' them into ordinary "flat" whites in my view.

    How can you figure turning up with 10+ minute post espresso takeaway coffees to be a "real" coffee? Stale, warm and flat stretched milk, yuk!

    I do, however agree with you that a "good instant would have been better" in this case!

    I don't get much coffee from there now as I roast and make a great coffee at home. But when I am there, I let them know that I "know" coffee and watch it being made.

    It's my view that, takeaway coffee, like most other takeaway foods, will always be inferior to serve and sip for all the obvious reasons.

    Kevo
    Kevo, i said 10 minutes because thats how long it took, we parked just down from Peaberry's and i was dropped at the front door of the private hospital whilst the old man parked the car. The real coffee part was my thinking that surely a coffee from somewhere that roasts their own beans against a chain would be a better option even with a 5 or so minute time difference.
    Seeing as you are in the "know" coffee wise than would you agree Cappuccino's generally consist of at least a third of milk foam ? Well these coffee's had no foam evident on the inside of the takeaway lids and no tell tale choc sprinkled and were filled to just under the lip, sounds like a flat white huh.

    I must remember to do the secret nod,wink or coffee gang sign or whatever you do next time i order a coffee from a barista just so they know im in the know to guarantee what i am paying for and that is something that at least resembles coffee.

    I must visit Lorn soon, sounds like it's worth the trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevo View Post
    "good instant would have been better"
    Kevo
    Contradiction in terms.

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    I'm doing a day trip to Maitland tomorrow, any good coffee in the CBD area? (preferably easy to find for a tourist getting off the train)

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    Hi.
    I'd like to offer my favourite haunts in and around newcastle as a fair bit of this post seems outdated.
    The social - hunter street West End of town. Owned by someone who used to work at sprockets. Cuban blend only but on custom made lever machines that are a fantastic idea. The group heads are above the counter and boiler below makes a clean look. Nice atmosphere and good food. Have had one or two slightly sour coffees there but generally amazing. Only open thru the week and Saturday mornings.
    sprockets - have lots of beans for purchase with their own labeling. A mild smooth house blend and have had some fantastic and some awful coffee there.
    Bank corner coffee - owned and ran by an old Italian guy. Small but fantastic coffee if he is in the shop. Really nice flavours. Good atmosphere.
    one tree coffee Co - charlestown square. Havnt had a bad coffee from there yet. They rotate only single origin beans and write what they are currently using on a black board. My favourite place for coffee. And try the citrus tart! Haha

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    Alright it has been a while since this thread has been updated so I will thrown in my 2 cents.

    One Penny Black - Delicious coffee and simple home cooked style food, the place in Newcastle all other coffee shops should be measured by, run a Linea and Synesso now they are in their new store, using blackstar coffee.

    Ground Floor Cafe - Another excellent relatively new cafe can only vouch for the coffee but they have some very talented baristas, one of the girls that works their recently won the latte art comp held at Namethelane

    Name the Lane - The old caffestry more a bar style than a cafe, still have the strada from their and use Pablo and Rusty Beans

    Churchkey Espresso - Great place, bloke that runs it really knows his stuff and not just espresso with a variety of methods/beans.

    The Press - Set up in a book store, use a lever machine and at the moment code black coffee, if you wanted to take a girl into books on a date this is the place to go.

    Glee Roasters - Small space, use their own beans roasted down the central coast just about my pick of the coffee in Newcastle

    Sidepocket Espresso - Brand new joint attached to the B.P in Mayfield opened by one of the girls who used to work at glee, haven't personally been yet but a few people frorm work have and loved it, use single origin roasters as their bean.

    The Edwards - I was slightly dissapointed as the one of the guys who owns suspension coffee is a part owner here, the barista wasn't the best but would be willing to give it another go.

    Baked Uprising at Maryville - Have a lever machine and seven seeds coffee, does an excellent cup, and excellent baked goods not really my style but the other half loves the.

    The Locale in New Lambton - one of the busiest places I have seen so they are doing something right, have only been twice but both food and coffee were spot on.
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    Hey Skippy,

    Have you got any addresses for these places?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoota_gal View Post
    Hey Skippy,

    Have you got any addresses for these places?
    Both One Penny Black and Ground Floor are in the Hunter Street Mall, OPB is 196 Ground Floor is very close by on the opposite side

    Churchkey Espresso is 488 Hunter Street

    Name The Lane is in Pacific Street, next door to Casa De Loco

    The Press is 462 Hunter Street

    Glee is 155 Darby Street

    Sidepocket is 286-292 Maitland Road, where the BP Service station and a few other shops are

    The Edwards is on Parry Street, up past marketown in the dead end section, there is also a cute little cafe called the Hufty Tufty Hidey Hole across from it which is worth checking out, they use Glee Beans

    Baked Uprising is the corner of Downie and Hogue Street Maryville

    The Locale is on the corner of Regent St and Alma Road Newcastle
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    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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