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    INVITATION

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    AM, Your invitation is in the mail.

    That still leaves 5 invitations to local identities!

    Sorry about the airline tockets and motel suite!

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    COUPLE PLACES LEFT

    FOR lucky CSers in the Canberra area.

    On Thursday 30th July CosmoreX Coffee is having the official opening of its new premises and coffee roastng plant.

    The place will be packed but we are extending an invitation to 5 lucky CSers to come and enjoy the evening on us, and take a look around behind the scenes.

    This way you will also have the opportunity to meet and network with other CS people that you have never met but share a common interest with.

    The function is by invitation only, so if you want to be one of the lucky 5 please telephone me to register your interest and we will post you out an official invitation.

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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    On a recent trip to Canberra i stopped in to see Attilio at his new premises . He was nice enough to show me his new roaster and anything else i wanted to see. He even pulled a couple of shots for me :)
    Id like to thank Attilio for his hospitality and informing me of the ACT barista comp the following Saturday which i managed to attend also.

    I also had a good coffee in the Hyperdome(of all places!) from Ona Coffee i think it was called? From memory they were using a LaMaz and fresh locally roasted coffee. Some nice latte art(a lion) and it tasted nice so i had a second.
    I took some of there beans home with me but unfortunately they werent fresh with the 1 year expiration date :(

    I also payed a visit to Guss as i i often drank coffee from them when i lived in Canberra but its not as i remember. IT didnt have the friendly service and good product i remember it having. Maybe it changed owners or something but the new coffee machinary hasnt done them any favours.

    There was a couple of places across the road from Guss using Electras but i seen the full grinds hopper and didnt bother...maybe ill try them on my next visit as i may not go back to Guss.

    ANYWAY..... There is a lot of good places to have coffee in Canberra but no visit to the ACT is complete without a visit to Attilio ;)

    DO IT!!!

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    On my last trip to Canberra I had a bit of time to check out a few other places aside from Comorex. Always a great brew there, and well located for me being so close to many of my customers.

    I tried a different place on my last visit - Enter Cafe Shop 13-14, Ground Floor, Canberra House, 40 Marcus Clarke Street

    Friendly, knowledgeable staff, fresh & seasonal food on offer. Coffee is roasted by Single Origin in Sydney as far as I know and the team at Enter are doing great stuff with it. Cappuccino was well balanced, great textured milk and very tasty. Had another I liked the first one so much. Espressos were the same, very well balanced, although oddly served in a small glass instead of a demitasse, which seems to be a Canberra thing. If I could, Id give Enter 10 thumbs up. While I cant speak to their consistency after only one visit, I can tell you the coffees I had on that visit were the best Id had in Canberra during 2009. Definitely a step above anything else Ive had in Canberra ever. Also great to see that all the staff I spoke to knew about coffee, and more than just the barista was able to be involved in the prep and serve of milk drinks. Good Stuff.

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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    Just spent a day in canberra and can report the following.

    7 Group (London Circuit) with a sign out the front saying Best Coffee in Canberra - coffee seemed to be made well, but the beans had been ground too long before my flat white was made. Tasted a bit stale, definitely not great, though they were busy as all hell.

    Xchange in the same building - fairly average, not bad, not great - again a flat white.

    Gus - (further in the CBD, not sure about the exact address) very good coffee. Excellent taste, milk texture, all round enjoyable.

    Tosolinos - had a ristretto there. Very good.

    so there you go, avoid the "best coffee in canberra" and try Gus or Tosolinos for a decent drop.

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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    Good Coffee in Canberra??

    Ive sampled Canberras offerings far and wide, and it is very hard to get a good cup. Often when the cup is laid down in front of you and you can see the silky milk, you think "Episode 4, A New Hope", but no, the coffee must be sweepings off the floor.

    Even the well know good places, fall short alot of the time.

    Tonic - Hit and miss (Custom blend from Allpress)
    Harvest - ( Tonic Sister Store ) Often good, but 1 out of 4 miss the mark.
    Ferraris - Often reasonable, occasional honey shot, sometimes misses the mark
    Crema - No god shot, but often a nice coffee like beverage
    KoKo Black - Often nice, not quite my taste, but you can tell they make it well


    Thats only a few.


    Warning for those travelling to the Capital. Coffee is much dearer in the ACT. Wont break the bank, but there is no justification for charging $3.40 for a cup of reheated milk and some brown ouzz.


    Theres a ray of hope though...

    The lovely Maria makes a good cup at Cosmorex.



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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    Thanks BeanMonkey I will refer Maria to this post from you.

    She will get a kick out of it as she is a very conscientious young lady and works hard to make sure her coffees always go out made properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6641454A694B4A4F415D240 link=1225020974/55#55 date=1284214958
    it is very hard to get a good cup
    no its not. Enter Cafe in the City, Ona in Manuka & Cosmorex in Fyshwick. Id say its pretty easy to get a good cup in Canberra.

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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    @ Haz,

    Thanks for "Enter", Ill have a look.

    In case you didnt read my post, I did mention Cosmorex, hence Fresh_Coffee thanking me.

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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    Quote Originally Posted by 745357587B59585D534F360 link=1225020974/58#58 date=1285660974
    In case you didnt read my post, I did mention Cosmorex, hence Fresh_Coffee thanking me.
    oh yes, totally saw your post on that one, just wanted to reiterate your post & others that Cosmorex is worth a visit. :)

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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    Quote Originally Posted by 4049524B404D45280 link=1225020974/57#57 date=1285194181
    Quote Originally Posted by 6641454A694B4A4F415D240 link=1225020974/55#55 date=1284214958
    it is very hard to get a good cup
    no its not. Enter Cafe in the City, Ona in Manuka & Cosmorex in Fyshwick. Id say its pretty easy to get a good cup in Canberra.
    ...just not on Sunday or after midday on Saturday! :-/

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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    Enter Cafe in the City
    Hmm, went there and wasnt impressed. Nothing special.

    Kaldi, which is next door to Tonic, is good and consistent.






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    Quote Originally Posted by 4B6C6867446667626C70090 link=1225020974/61#61 date=1289712184
    Kaldi, which is next door to Tonic, is good and consistent.
    really? last time I went to Kaldi it was filthy, the half dozen or so grinders were dirty, jugs were dirty, milk caked on steam wands, work area covered in ground coffee, spilt milk and chocolate powder but I gave them a chance. Coffee was too hot, sour and full of grounds. I think I even had to explain what a double espresso was.

    I suppose everyone can have an off day ...

    On a happier note I visited Ona in Fyshwick for the first time last trip and it shows promise. Im always a little concerned when a brewed coffee is made from beans in the same hopper as what is being used for espresso but all the pieces are there and it shows promise.

    Now I have 2 places in Fyshwick to call in on when visiting my customers

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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    really? last time I went to Kaldi it was filthy, the half dozen or so grinders were dirty, jugs were dirty, milk caked on steam wands, work area covered in ground coffee, spilt milk and chocolate powder but I gave them a chance. Coffee was too hot, sour and full of grounds. I think I even had to explain what a double espresso was.

    I suppose everyone can have an off day ...
    Err, I wonder if we are talking about the same place??

    Place is always clean and has two grinders for the house blend and one for an alternative blend. Oh, and a decaf one on the back bench.

    The trick is not to go for the house blend unless you like weak and watery coffee. *Go for the alternate. *Although they recently got a batch from a different season and now I find that foul.


    Speaking of dirty spoons. *PsychoDeli always store a spoon in a filthy jug and use this to pour their milk and stir sugars that people ask for. *One day I asked them not to stir the sugar, and he preceded to pour the milk with the dirty spoon. *Cant win.

    On with my search for the god shot.



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    Can I give a thumbs up to Lava Espresso in Brierly St Weston.

    Its been around for quite some time but I hadnt tried it till the weekend. When you walk in, all you see is a Robur-E, a La Marzoco and a small cake fridge. A good start!

    Theres a blackboard offering the bean type, and the options of espresso, or espresso with milk.

    Got a very nice flat white there for the missus, but consumed a fair bit of it myself!

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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    Anyone been to or bought beans from the new Lonsdale Roastery in Braddon? Ive got enough beans to last me until I get back from holidays, so will plan a visit then. Walked there yesterday but was already closed by 4pm.

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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    I had a great coffee outside the National Museum.

    I was very surprised.

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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    Anyone been to or bought beans from the new Lonsdale Roastery in Braddon?
    I went there and dragged along two work colleagues. They both said it was absolutely foul. Mine wasnt too bad and I cant really make a judgement on one coffee, so Ill have to go there on my own and see what the deal is.

    Beans are very expensive too!!

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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    Yeah, they are. Pricier than out in Mitchell (22/19 vs 19/17 for 500g of speciality/regular beans). But its 5 minutes walk from my house, so convenient for me. I wouldnt bother with their food and cant comment on the in-house coffee.

    I tried the Smith and Eaton first (I think) - that was crap. Suspect its meant to be some kind of subtle coffee for people who dont like it very strong - but it wasnt smooth or sweet bodied either. Just bland. Almost stopped me from going back a second time. Just got 500g of Mojo and its much, much better. I think Ill stick to Jindebah when I can get out there but having a place around the corner in a pinch is very handy.

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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    Cant say I am impressed with what Canberra has to offer so far. After having bought beans from a couple of roasters already mentioned on this thread I am desperately looking forward to the removalists bringing me my coretto roaster so I can finally make a decent cup.

    So far the best coffee we have had was a turkish at a Pide house in Yarralumla.

    Tonic made a good cup but when I asked where they got their beans, the fellow looked at me blankly and said "I dont know, somewhere in Sydney."

    Lonsdale St Roastery was packed and quite a strange place to visit really. Coffee was ok, but REALLY expensive.

    Have bought stale beans twice now from another place. :-/ Was disappointed with the service of all except one staff member. Am now going to order brown beans off beanbay and quit wasting money in Canberra.

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    The mojo is good, even the last cup I had of it this morning 2 weeks after buying it. Im going to Fresh Roast in Mitchell on the weekend to try something new. Got some (shudder) Coles premium choice or whatever it is to last me the next few days, at least it was roasted in the last month according to the packaging.

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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    I agree about the place being "weird" - the dudes working there having all tats and body mods and the menus being made up by the fysher price letter magnets, but yeah - 100m walk for fresh roasted coffee is pretty good.

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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    What about the roaster that open store at the Old Bus Depot? I cant remember what the name was but I tried their coffee a few years back and it was very drinkable.

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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    I tried Lava Espresso and found it good. Nice strong cup.

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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    Having lived and worked up here for a few years now, I can say the following places do a good coffee:

    * Ona (formerly Kona) Coffee, specifically the Manuka store run by Aaron. Hes a little mad, but has a cool selection of hats and loves his coffee. :D

    * Kingston Grind - good coffee and location at the Kingston Shops

    * Brew Bar down in Greenway, Tuggeranong: Good reliable coffee, know their stuff and do huge volumes to the captive pubes in the area.

    ~Ozi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2F1A09600 link=1225020974/74#74 date=1301978391
    do huge volumes to the captive pubes
    :o Hope youll understand if I pass on that one. ;D

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7441523B0 link=1225020974/74#74 date=1301978391
    * Brew Bar down in Greenway, Tuggeranong:
    Hmm, you like it huh? Weird. You mean the one on the SouthLife strip or the other one opposite Rivers?

    Ive given them more than enough time to get their **** together, and the result is. <FamilyFeudSound> Boowwww Bowwwwwwwwww</FamilyFeudSound>

    If I see what I believe to be the owner I keep on walking.


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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    Quote Originally Posted by 574358425A5943310 link=1225020974/72#72 date=1300341075
    What about the roaster that open store at the Old Bus Depot? I cant remember what the name was but I tried their coffee a few years back and it was very drinkable.
    Wagonga? Based in Mitchell, theyre my normal supplier if I get to one of the markets on a weekend (they also have a stall at the Saturday morning farmers market at the showgrounds).

    Ive been going to Lonsdale St roasters recently - the affected hipster vibe is a bit much but I havent had a bad coffee yet. Beans are a bit on the expensive side, generally good IMO - except one batch which was pretty obviously over-roasted. Good to have somewhere decent to go in Civic open on a Saturday.

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    Hi there. In the interest of CS purveying only strictly correct information:

    Unless Wagonga Coffee has returned to a site in the commercial suburb of Mitchell, as far as I am aware it has not shared the roasting facility (in Mitchell) with Jindebah Hills Coffee for some years. ie only Jindebah Hills trades and roasts from their premises in Mitchell.

    They are independent (of eachother) and both do markets :) !

    And yes the roaster with own coffee stall at OBD Markets is Wagonga.

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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    Wagonga has their own roastery in Mitchell, Grimwade St, not really near Jindebah. They are not a cafe though and sell from the door by appointment only. I have bought their beans from the deli at the Belconnen markets and they were very fresh and great quality. Fairly cheap too.

    Jindebah are not bad for beans but I cant say I am impressed by the cafe. Such a shame.

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    Thanks for clarifying ! ;)

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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    Hee - going to be in Canberra from the afternoon of Sunday 15 May to Friday 20 May for a training course.

    Im hoping to finish with enough time to drop into Fresh_Coffee and see Atillio the Magnificent while Im down there to make the trip worthwhile and get a good coffee, after existing on what is likely to be crap stuff at the Cambell Offices (my expectations are low, but I hold out a little bit of hope to be surprised!)

    What time do you close each day, Atillio?

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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    Theres been some mixed comments above about the Lonsdale street roastery. Ive been there twice and both times the coffee has been sensational.

    They seem to have one blend and one SO in the grinders.

    The first time I had the johnny Cash blend and today at was something with berry in the title. I wont offer tasting notes here but both times I had a short black and they showed real complexity. I add cold milk to the last little bit of coffee and both times it held up well to the white stuff so it would probably suit the lactophiles.

    I dont get why people in this thread say the atmosphere is wierd. Bustling yes, sterile no, wierd not really.

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    I got Brazil blue or something from Lonsdale a week ago. It seemed under-roasted. Was hard to get a decent pour of it because of this - needed to grind very coarse and tamp light. Wasnt very impressed.

    Needless to say, I was desperate to get out to Jindebah the following Saturday. My favourites are the Arabica House Blend and African Gold, while my fiancee loves the Java blend as it is very chocolately and smooth.

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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    Hello all.

    Cosmorex Coffee recently finished the external extension to its cafe, so there is now more room, and a place to sit in the sun if that is your inclination :) Yes, there have been clients enjoying their Cosmorex Coffee outside in the sun in the last couple of weeks despite the low air temperatures !

    If you are in Fyshwick please do drop by, take a look, make yourself known to me, and enjoy a great cup of coffee.

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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    The CosmoreX Coffees that won awards for us at the Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania
    2011 Wrest Point Royal Hobart Fine Food Competition, are of course available in our cafe / Coffee House as well as in our bean vending section at the roastery in Fyshwick.

    Class No. 901: Single Origin Plunger Coffee
    Cosmorex Coffee Pty Ltd Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Bronze

    Class No. 904: Espresso (short black) - blend
    a) Cosmorex Coffee Pty Ltd Premium Special Blend Silver

    b) Cosmorex Coffee Pty Ltd Montana Mix Silver

    Class No. 905: Cappucino - Classic International Style
    Cosmorex Coffee Pty Ltd Rio Gold Blend Silver

    Cosmorex Coffee Pty Ltd Blue Signature Blend Bronze

    We are proud to advise these are "stock" coffees that we supply to the public and cafes alike (ie no special treatment to enter comps), and are usually always available in store.

    Please do come and enjoy our award winning coffees at our roastery in Kembla Street Fyshwick A.C.T.

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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    Was in canberra last month trailing a job with the Ona crew (i rejected the job if bias is of anyones concern)

    Urban Foods in Civic - Really nice espresso and flat white here. dropped in twice actually. Wasnt busy both times i was in, however they were 8am and 4pm so definitely in the quiet times. The most espresso like espresso i had while i was in Canberra. The msot complex tasting and the most interesting, though not the best. Flat white was equally mouth watering.

    Urban Bean in Woden - Probably the best short black i had while i was in canberra. Also a REALLY nice syphon. The guys there are all top notch and service is quick. The short black youll get there is actually a really tight double ristretto, incredibly sweet. used a Malawian Mocha SO bean. Didnt have any milk based drinks here but i worked there for a few days and i can say it very consistent.

    Ona coffee house in Fyshwick. short walk down the street and around the corner from Attilio. This is their headquarters, tried a few aeropress brews behind closed doors and a short black from the front machine. Short black was similar to urban bean, not as tightly pulled, bit of a fruitier flavour. Aeropress was great, unfortunately they dont actually sell that, we were only messing around. Quite a shame, id gladly drink one of those any day.

    Finally, Ona coffee house in Manuka.
    Before i start, i did visit in the middle of the lunch time rush. Waited about 15 minutes for my Double shot flat white. somewhat lacking in flavour and a little bitter (at least compared to the other ona brand cafes) and the milk was slightly over heated, but otherwise had a nice mouth feel. That said the coffee was still good, just not up to what i was expecting. I know the ona guys and im sure they do better. Ill be giving them another visit next time im around in any case."

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    I visited your place twice attilio. First visit you guys were already closed, second time you guys had already shut down the machine :( Ill have to drop in next time im in canberra and make sure its at a decent hour* ;D

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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    Was in Canberra recently and tried a lot of coffee over the few days i was there, number one observation was the number of outlets in town, wow serious competition. Some of the better looking establishments really lacked quality in the cup but I will put some words together about the ones I liked. I wont comment on the ones I didnt as I generally only went there once and so its not really fair to cane people on one go!!

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    Oh thank goodness. I am moving from Melb soon and panicking about the lack of good coffee, but will def drop in and see you Attilio!

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    Let me know when you are coming and we will make you most welcome!

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    Thanks SO much Attilio! Ill let you know as soon as were settled (and the caffeine headache sets in) and well be over to visit!

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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    My local IGA stocks Cosmorex if I dont want to go all the way to Fyshwick and Mitchell is closed. But they put a used by date on the package (useless) rather than a roasted on date.

    Can anyone from Cosmorex comment on the date thats put on there? Im guessing its 1 year from the roast date. Which means the pack I picked up was about a month old (and pouring like it, not quite stale but not fresh either).

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    ".....anyone from CosmoreX......."???? I guess that must be me !

    Thank you for giving our packet of CosmoreX coffee a try over the miriad of other brands to be found on the shelves.

    I also appreciate you wouldnt have gone to a supermarket except in a position of extreme need. Stating the obvious but supermarkets are not a preferred supplier for Coffee Snob clients, as I gather you already recognise by the various places you generally seek out your beans. Selling to and buying from a reseller / retailer is quite different to going direct such as to the CosmoreX roasterie . Resellers (supermarkets, whoever) commonly have their own rules, requirements and also there are real, practical limitations that affect people on both ends of the chain. But they do serve a valuable purpose and need to purchase packeted coffee from somewhere to fulfill the needs of their style clients. We are lucky that some local supermarkets support the CosmoreX brand.

    If you speak directly with us, we can run you through the products we have available straight off the roaster or at different stages of resting, as well as talking you through the products.

    Im not sure where you live, but if the drive to Fyshwick cant be justified for an award-winning fresh roasted coffee with friendly, knowledgeable service, we could perhaps work out a way to get the coffee to you...

    Otherwise, you can obviously use the date labels youve seen on the CosmoreX supermarket packs to seek out the "longest" date. (They do have a function, even if its not everyones preferred method of labeling).

    Im always happy to have a chat with CSers if you / they drop in to CosmoreX and I happen to be around . Making an appointment guarantees that I will be....and we do make time for CSers and others interested to talk about good coffee.

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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    Noting there is no button to modify my post so going into a second post...

    PS regarding your comment about the pour....do you realise that

    a) you can adjust that with your grinder setting and technique, and

    b) that unless you are comparing it to the pour from the same blend purchased direct from CosmoreX, that you cannot expect the pour from your packet beans to flow in identical manner from the same grinder setting to any other roasters coffee due to differences in density etc :) Different coffees can be quite fresh but still require quite different grinder settings to achieve a similar pour :)

    Lastly, I am happy you picked up a CosmoreX Coffee packet that is just one month old and is still in reasonable condition. Owing to the amount of stock of all different brands that supermarkets keep on the shelves, it can be a lucky dip as to the real age of the beans particularly with national or big name brands that could lounge on the shelves for months or years. We are lucky to be a local supplier and can keep an eye on the stock close by, guaranteeing a reasonable turnover and a better coffee than most picked up off supermarket shelves.

    However as a CSer, its always best to manage it so you can go direct to the CosmoreX roasterie instead.

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    We were out there a couple of weeks ago, got a pack of Ethiopian. It was pretty good. Fyshwick isnt really that far away (we are in Braddon) and for whatever reason Ive never had much luck with Londsale beans, which are also overpriced. Our favourite place is in Mitchell but Cosmorex is a tiny bit cheaper and we will be visiting more often and looking forward to trying a few new blends.

    The sunbeam grinder I have isnt so great, one notch can be the difference between a stalled shot and good pour and one more notch is a gusher. So its generally only kept on one setting (bear in mind the beans Im using are rarely more than a month from roast date). Instead when they get a bit older, I dose a and tamp a little more. By the pour I dont mean the flow rate, I mean how thick the coffee comes out - you can tell beans are fresh when you get that almost foamy slow warm honey-like pour midway through. Thats the good stuff. I find that with brand new fresh beans, it pours like this for the first week and then goes downhill steadily, until theyre stale at about a month. This no doubt happens more slowly in a sealed package but even sealed after 2-3 months on the shelf, its already going stale and most of the stuff on supermarkets has been there up to a year or more. Absolute junk. Dont get me started on those flavoured coffee bean dispensers.

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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    Next time youre in by all means see if I am available and if I am, will be happy to give you a tour and explain the intricacies of the house of CosmoreX Coffee!

    By the way you seem to be ideally situated for a "local" jaunt today ;).....the ACT Barista Comp is on this weekend, starts at 10 am (godwilling ;)) there are 9 contestants and the competition will be very, very good. The ACT standard of competitors has become quite high and is arguably better than the field in the NSW comp (arrrhhhum).

    Its in the Hellenic Club in the city, (as far as I remember its the old ex services or rsl club).

    There is a team of Comp helpers / supporters from CosmoreX and Ill be on the panel of judges.

    Today is an all day affair or atleast however long it takes to get through nine competitors, and tomorrow will be the latte art and blind coffee tasting comp...

    It would be great to see anyone from CS that wants to take a look....you might get a hankering to get involved for the next one as we are always looking to train more judges etc.

    Oh yeah as already stated, the standard of the competitors is reasonably high and if you havent seen one of these comps live it can be quite interesting. Each competitor takes around 15 minutes to complete their thing so onlookers dont have to hang around all day.

    ehhhhh....give us a chance to help up upgrade your grinder one day.....youll never look back!

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    Ill be there tomorrow to watch, might see you around attilio

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    OK. My run down of some places rarely mentioned in this thread. To put this in context, I almost exclusively drink strong lattes, with maybe the odd machiato.

    In Civic - For me Loui beats all others Ive tried hands down. The main guy (who some might describe as a colourful racing identity) knows his stuff, and seems to train his staff well. The cafe adjoins the atrium of a public service building, so this affects the aesthetics a bit.

    Elsewhere in Civic .....pretty inconsistent. You can often get a decent coffee at Guss, Harvest or Cafe Essen, but you can also get a disaster at these places. Not helped by the local labour market. Havent tried Two Before Ten yet (who have their own roaster and usually have a SO and blend in the grinder).

    Lyneham (Inner North - 3kms from Civic): Tilleys - fantastic atmosphere inside/outside and summer/winter. Well trained and polite staff, but I dont like the Segafredo beans so much. Still quite drinkable though, and they do give a damn (which ticks boxes for me). Great place for an afternoon glass of wine / beer too. Food ok (fish and chips quite good), if a little pricey for bistro food.
    Also in Lyneham : The Front - If the owner guy is there ....coffee well above average. If not...its a lucky dip.

    If in Fyshwick (and whats a trip to Canberra without a run to Fyshwick), Cosmorexs Bar Cosimo is v.good (and you can get some great beans). I havent tried Ona.
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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    A place worth trying for those visiting Canberra for work / on working days is Two Before Ten. Its at the end of an arcade in Canberra House on Marcus Clarke St City West. The guys roast their own beans (Dietrich roaster right next to service counter) and have a blend and SO on the go. A couple of weeks ago I tried a double ristretto-based latte from the SO Ethiopian (didnt catch the variety), which was up there with the best coffee Ive had anywhere. Decided to give it another go this morning (same drink using Ethiopian Sidamo SO). Wasnt quite as good, but very very acceptable (I didnt help by giving them a massive keep cup). I sat and watched them work while waiting for my coffee. Very efficient and appeared to give a damn about each cup they poured. Definitely worth a try anyway. Oh...they have two shiny new San Marco machines for those who like pretty things.

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    Re: Best coffee in Canberra?

    Had a quick browse through this topic and couldnt see Lonsdale Street Roasters mentioned anywhere - they do superb coffee.

    http://decafsucks.com/cafes/624-lonsdale-street-roasters

    Cheers :D



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