Charlie Lovett coffee (roasted on-site). George St, near Quay St. I’ve been waiting a while to let them iron out some of the opening-week jitters in their service. Overall, it’s a place that has a *lot* of staff working there, but it is selling a few different things: freshly baked bread, sandwiches and single pieces of bread with gourmet spreads, a range of deli-styled items, and freshly roasted coffee.
It’s pretty courageous to open a cafe next door to an established Gloria Jeans, but I imagine they consider their offering to be distinct from GJ’s, even if their store decor is a similar colour, and their approach to lighting is similar.
The experiment appears to be working: both places tend to be relatively crowded, even with their proximity to each other.
Decaf is good – it’s smooth and drinkable, with a hint of complexity. And yes, they have a decaf grinder.
Republica coffee. Normally I would have walked right past this food-court styled café in the new “top floor” of the broadway shopping centre, but it comes recommended. Their point of difference? All the blends they sell are both organic and fair trade.
They’re out of decaf on the day I call in, so instead, a piccolo latte is brought out in a bright red demitasse cup. It’s smooth, hot milkwork. The coffee is subtle, a little sweet, with some woody notes about it.
For writing? This place has a high ceiling, and it’s in the middle of a mall, so it would be hard to concentrate, I fear.
Toby’s estate organic coffee. Shop M101, Broadway Shopping Centre, Broadway. Mostly a juice bar, but the Toby’s sign, and non-matching cups, are calling out to me. Coffee isn’t fresh ground, but is taken from the hopper, so I’m not too optimistic here.
Coffee is hot, a bit thin, and has a lot of flavour. Sadly, the flavour isn’t all that pleasant.