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    G'day all.....I guess this post is somewhat coffee related. Heading to PM in a few weeks and I hate being let down by bad coffee and food (more so with food as it costs more).

    So what are the brains trust recommendations for good coffee and food in PM...

    All the best.
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    Heh C
    I'm a devout patron of the Peak Coffee Lab. It's the actual roastery in the industrial area, so no beautiful Port vista to speak of, but if you get Ainslee making your brew, you won't be disappointed. They usually have 2 or 3 single origins up for tasting - give their Ugandan Robusta a try if you need to be awake for 24hrs!. I also rate 'Casualties' a little cafe in town, although I havent had a coffee there for a while (I think they use Dane's coffee). They have a great reputation locally.
    Foodwise..... the Corner, Fusion 7, Stunned Mullett? There's a bit to choose from.
    Goodluck & Enjoy!
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    I would pretty much agree with Dales recommendations.
    Although I rate Casualties ( yes Danes ) before Peak because the industrial area is .. the industrial area.
    Definitely put Stunned mullet number one I havent been to the corner but fusion 7 can be good but not consistent and has no atmosphere.

    I love high tide on the pontoon for lunch at the Oyster Shack on Hastings River drive on the way out of town going North , last building before you leave town, Not a restaurant really ( seafood co op and fish and chips) just get some fresh prawns and oysters sit on the floating pontoon and bring your own esky with beer salad rolls what ever you like its very casual is a steal and gold on a nice day dont forget to feed the bream with your shells just throw them in the water as you eat ! You probably will get it by yourself.
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    We had a very enjoyable visit to Café Buzz at Laurieton, the food was fresh, the coffee was great and best of all the staff were very friendly, highly recommend them if you are in the area.
    It is very refreshing going into a café and find they are passionate about the coffee they serve up.

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    For just coffee, I'd go to the Peak brew lab simply because you can try several single origins, as espresso, for free - and ainsley is a snob to match any of us; he usually sinks a couple of shots before pouring one for me (now that's service).

    I've had acceptable coffee and food at Lv's and Cedro's on clarence street, the corner (also on clarence street, but the other end), and milk bar.

    For just food (I didn't like the coffee) The Piazza at settlement point has great views and pretty good schnitzel.

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    Another plug for the Peak crew... Ainslee's roasted up a single origin ripper. "Indian Monsoon Malabar". I had it as a long black on Friday, and have been thinking about it all weekend. Ask him how its roasted, it's certainly not your average roast. I roast my own beans, but I'm going to buy a bag or two of this as it's genuinely a first class coffee. Another thing for the Hastings locals - I noticed Bunnings had a few Arabica coffee bean trees for sale on the weekend. Unusual because the trees were already quite advanced in size - about 4 foot I'd say. If you're thinking of growing a couple in the backyard, they grow really well here and these ones will save you a good year or two in growth...
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    ooh - I bought some green MM off ainsley last year and it was a great one, but I've run out!

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    another fan of the Peak coffee lab.. always worth the visit,, Ugandan probably my fav

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    Don't know if they've still got it in the grinder, but the Sumatran from a few weeks ago was top shelf too. Managed to extort some greens out of them to roast myself. Agreed though, that Uganda was unreal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daledugahole View Post
    Don't know if they've still got it in the grinder, but the Sumatran from a few weeks ago was top shelf too. Managed to extort some greens out of them to roast myself. Agreed though, that Uganda was unreal.
    sweet, will pop around tomorrow & try out the Sumatran

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    Quote Originally Posted by daledugahole View Post
    Heh C
    I'm a devout patron of the Peak Coffee Lab. It's the actual roastery in the industrial area, so no beautiful Port vista to speak of, but if you get Ainslee making your brew, you won't be disappointed. They usually have 2 or 3 single origins up for tasting - give their Ugandan Robusta a try if you need to be awake for 24hrs!. I also rate 'Casualties' a little cafe in town, although I havent had a coffee there for a while (I think they use Dane's coffee). They have a great reputation locally.
    Foodwise..... the Corner, Fusion 7, Stunned Mullett? There's a bit to choose from.
    Goodluck & Enjoy!
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    Yes, it's still the No.1 around our fine area of the Mid North Coast. They roast on premises and have a great range of coffee's from mild to strong and tea's etc. Origins are still single, and wow it's a nice brew by the staff there.

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    I paid a visit to Peak Coffee today and I was so glad I did. I had 4 very nice espressos. The Brasil was particularly pleasant that I had a second taking the tally to 5 for the morning. It was a pleasure to meet Christine who talked about the coffees and pulled the shots.

    I also had the pleasure of meeting the master/head roaster, Ainsley, and had a good old long chat about most things coffee roasting related.

    All in all a great morning, so if you're down that way it's a worthwhile trip dropping in for a visit. Very friendly, pleasant, knowledgeable, professional people.

    Javabeen.

    PS a very big thank you to Ainsley for the special gift.
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    Dr. Ainsley does good work.



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