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    Rockhampton - Capricorn Coast

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    In Rockhampton I recommend The Coffee House (Merlo coffee) on the corner of Bolsover and William Sts near the Town Hall. A compact Cafe/Bistro with indoor and outdoor areas. Generally good coffee.

    On the Capricorn Coast at Cocoanut Drive, Zilzie (outskirts of Emu Park) I strongly recommend Cocos restaurant at the Seaspray Resort Complex (Merlo coffee). This is a very attractive modern Cafe/Bistro/Restaurant with indoor & terrace areas and staff who make an effort. The food and coffee are generally well above average. My last cup of coffee there was excellent.

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    Re: Rockhampton - Capricorn Coast

    Theres a new leader in Rockhampton. Sexie Coffie on the corner of Bolsover & William Streets (southside city) near the City Hall is producing some of the best coffee I have ever tasted right across the range of styles. The staff are passionate about the coffee and if not busy will stand and discuss the various beans on offer. Service is excellent. The actual cafe lacks atmosphere and is noisy due to all of the hard surfaces - but oh, the coffee is sublime. Normal bean used is their "Signature Blend" but there is usually an alternate choice from one of their other beans.

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    Re: Rockhampton - Capricorn Coast

    Roast house just outside Maryborough, on the highway southbound.

    IR12 Dedritch Roaster last time I was there.

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    OK, time for an update here.

    'The Coffee House' (as per first post above) is still doing good (Merlo) coffee and provides a relaxed comfortable environment in which to consume it.
    If you plan to linger over a few coffees over an hour or two, this is the place.
    Both staff and Baristas are enthusiastic and friendly and will take the time to get to know their regulars. There is an 'outdoor' option if you want a bit more privacy.
    There is a selection of cakes/slices and the food is Bistro rather than Cafe. So in other words there is a Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Menu.

    The best coffee in Rockhampton is still 'The Two Professors' (formerly Sexie Coffie) Cnr Alma & William Sts.
    Coffee here is as good as anywhere I have been in Australia. Friendly and enthusiastic Baristas.
    I believe they source their bean from Sexie Coffie Maryborough. Usually two varieties to choose from.
    The downside is that it is a very noisy cafe and the A/C is usually too cold, so both you and your coffee cool off quickly.
    They do a big takeaway trade as well as a very busy dine-in.
    You can get a selection of cakes, muffins and wraps/salads/sandwiches.

    On the Northside, I have had very good coffee recently at 'Gus's Coffee' at the Northside Plaza shopping centre.
    Unfortunately space restrictions mean it has to focus on takeaway rather than sit-down trade, although there are several tables outside the entrance of the Woolworths supermarket (if you really want to drink coffee immediately in front of the entrance to a supermarket).
    Coffee only comes in takeaway cups and cake offering is limited - probably because there is a Bakery next door.
    I learned to ask for a double shot in the smallest takeaway cup in order to avoid the weak swill most of their takeaway customers seem to like.
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    Hey Rocky,

    I work away a lot, so I frequent Rockhampton regularly (here at the moment in fact).

    We generally go to Two Professors most mornings. I find that if you are early and beat the rush, the coffee is always good, however if it is really busy, they steam bulk amounts of milk and the coffee quality often suffers.

    I had quite a nice "magic" from East St Espresso which was recommended by a co-worker, I think it was similar to a piccolo latte..

    From memory, "That Joint" has also been quite good, I believe they have relocated to Musgrave St over the north side of the river.

    In Mackay I favour Woodmans Axe, and in Moranbah, surprisingly the McDonalds has been pretty good in the past when the one inside the Coles shopping complex is shut (since we generally leave town before 7am), but I must really get together and take my aeropress and porlex with me next time.
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    GDay Nico,

    I live in Rocky and I have always been a true CS (coffee, SNOB), haha.. nah serious, it's hard to get a decent coffee in Rockhampton, the culture is just starting to arrive in recent years though and you'll find good coffee at the following places, in order of tastiness:

    Gus's Coffee (a tiny coffee bar in North Side Plaza, Musgrave Street)
    Recommend trying a small size FW for starters. The coffee here has been good enough to order a second one straight away.

    The Workshop, at the bridge-end of East Street Mall
    Cafe Bliss, Bolsover St I think near the "new" (local's call it the new bridge) Bridge
    Blue Truffle (up the Two Professor's end of the East Street Mall.

    So, yeah, I'd go to Gus first, then work your way down and see how you go.
    let me know!!

    ALSO, use BeanHunter on your phone if you have problems locating these places, I am pretty sure I actually submitted all of them to Bean Hunter and kicked off the reviews.

    ; )

    Rolley

    Quote Originally Posted by nicovington View Post
    Hey Rocky,

    I work away a lot, so I frequent Rockhampton regularly (here at the moment in fact).

    We generally go to Two Professors most mornings. I find that if you are early and beat the rush, the coffee is always good, however if it is really busy, they steam bulk amounts of milk and the coffee quality often suffers.

    I had quite a nice "magic" from East St Espresso which was recommended by a co-worker, I think it was similar to a piccolo latte..

    From memory, "That Joint" has also been quite good, I believe they have relocated to Musgrave St over the north side of the river.

    In Mackay I favour Woodmans Axe, and in Moranbah, surprisingly the McDonalds has been pretty good in the past when the one inside the Coles shopping complex is shut (since we generally leave town before 7am), but I must really get together and take my aeropress and porlex with me next time.

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    Hi All,
    Any advice on getting some beans in Rocky , run out of time for my usual Genovesse?
    Thanks in advance
    Dr Dave

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    Woolworths?
    I have been using using merlo of late as the beans arrive next day with free shipping if you order a kg

    i have wondered how much gus’ would charge for a kg of beans as I don’t mind their blend.
    iirc correctly I thought there was a small roastery on the cap coast

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    Dingles on Williams St.

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    Time for an update.
    Dingles in William St. has a Slayer on the counter and the Baristas know how to use it. Coffee is very good. Food is also very good and the main items in the cabinet are at least one Cheesecake and usually at least three other cakes/tarts of high quality at about $10. per slice. Has a couple of more intimate booth areas and sidewalk tables.

    Headricks Lane - in East St. They use Campos bean and the coffee is usually excellent. Not much in the way of something to go with your morning coffee. A Scone or a muffin is about it. I love this unique heritage building and what has been done with the Cafe area and the adjoining microbrewery. Seating is mainly by intimate booth-style seating along the wall but there is a long table for big parties. Staff are great. I love this place.

    Gus's coffee - Stockland complex North Rocky. Coffee is fine but both their locations in Rocky are busy, public and noisy. Good place to grab a coffee 'on-the-run'.

    The Boathouse - hanging out over the River on the bottom of Denham St where it ends at Quay St. Run by the same folks as Headricks Lane and also uses Campos bean. Had a spectacular double shot there a fortnight ago.
    It is a Bistro so there is a fair variety of something to have with your coffee or a full meal. Great view over the river and boats and nice breeze on a hot day.

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    Boy rocky you sure do get out a bit
    dingles have slayer hey, I must check them out

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    New "kid on the block" is 'Riverston' on the corner of Denham and Quay in the beautiful old Rees R Building.
    Owned by Jim and Maria Elrott, it kicked off in fine style this Thursday past. It was roaring when a friend and I dropped in for our Friday fix.
    Coffee was very good and there was a nice selection of interesting desserts at sensible prices. I had a slice of great Orange Sponge served with cream for just $5.
    Sit in the impressive inside or out on the verandah. Billed as a "teahouse" but covering coffee and meals as well.
    They may expand into "High Teas" which would be great as the excellent 'Delizie' has closed due to the recent very sad death of co-owner John Cornwell-Deluca.
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