Five senses coffee. 175 Glebe Point Rd. With a rustic interior: tiles and tabletops in maroon, walls in yellow and blue, this place still manages to maintain a sense of the present day. A small courtyard out the back provides some solace from Glebe Point Rd, and there’s a high chair and changing facilities if you have a small child with you.
Coffee is roasted for elizabeth’s by five senses coffee in Melbourne, and they’re running three grinders – one for decaf, one for the house blend, and one for an Ethiopian Harrar.
The decaf is really good: sweet and earthy, with some notes of cream. Not the cheapest place in Glebe, but one that shows commitment to quality in food and drink alike.
Links: Facebook Page for the cafe and its Official website.
Campos Coffee. 166 Glebe Point Road, Glebe.
Open since Feb 5 2009, this place is next door to the grave of the Valhalla cinema of years gone by. Service is really great: George, the owner of the cafe, and his team are committed to making you feel welcome, to showing the kind of passion for the menu board that makes the food taste better when it arrives.
Even when we arrive at lunch time when the place is fairly full, and need seating for a baby (there are no high chairs here, so you need to bring your own high chair substitute) they are happy to seat us in any remaining seat: it’s our choice.
There’s a dedicated decaf grinder that is full-size; the coffee is ground to order and tastes great (yes, even the decaf).
And the food is really top-notch too. If you’re in this part of Glebe, you owe it to yourself to check this place out.
La casa del caffe coffee. 174 St Johns Rd, Glebe. Long established – this place was around when I lived in Glebe in the late 1990s – the physical space has a sense of age and comfort without feeling run-down or tired. A row of modern-looking Internet terminals line one wall of the back room, bench tables run across another wall, and couches and tables make up the rest of the seating.
Prices are quite high – above $15 for several of the breakfast choices, with the smaller lunch menu mostly in the $10-$15 spot.
Coffee – I hear a grinder working away after I’ve ordered is good: a comforting, milky cup with subtle coffee flavour.
Single Origin coffee. 379 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe. Having now been open a couple of months, it seems that this place has found its groove. With the feel of a converted old milkbar: subdued lighting and a metal roller-door guarding the entrance, there’s a sense of history about the place.
The staff, though helpful and accommodating, are not completely knowledgeable about the menu, which is a little odd: there’s not so much there that it would be confusing. As far as pricing, the full breakfast (available all day) is $14.
There’s a little Sunbeam grinder off to the side for decaf – a suggestion that they’re not expecting to sell a lot of decaf, but at least they have the grinder!
Coffee is good enough – a thick head of foam and an earthy flavour.
Campos coffee. 73 St Johns Rd, Glebe. Relaxing jazz muic drifts across this converted patio: the Perspex roof gives a great deal of natural light, giving the illusion of even more space than the arrangement of tables would suggest. Surprisingly for a cafe in Glebe, it has an alcohol licence: beers are available for between $6.50 and $7.50.
The lunch menu is a little on the pricey side – you’re looking at $8-11 for lunch, instead of staying below the magic $10. There’s an all-day breakfast menu too, which is more moderately priced.
Coffee comes out after the food. It’s thin, and very hot, but the flavour is good. They’re doing a good job making decaf here.
Coffee Alchemy coffee. 16 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe. Walk to through the back of what used to be an aromatherapy practice and you’ll reach the counter An old G4 iMac sits on the counter for sale, $200. Tasty-looking small cakes peer out from behind glass sliding cabinet doors.
The crowd is mostly uni students, working away on laptops or chatting away on their latest projects, and this is a cheerful space in which to gather.
Decaf, though there’s a trace of grinds in the very last sip, and it’s a little floury in texture, is nonetheless a pleasant experience.
Toby’s estate coffee. 197 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe. Something of a new player in the crowded glebe point road space, this cafe’s point of difference is the organic food. A range of menu items, seafood, pasta, as well as sandwiches.
The café itself feels like an upmarket loungeroom: soft piano music is piped in. The café is open 7:30am to 10pm, tuesday to sunday.
I’ve tried the decaf here: it’s well made, and kept in small quantities to ensure freshness: I look forward to trying the “real” coffee.
Update: This cafe has closed.
Campos Coffee. 35 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe. Stays true to its heritage as a converted house with a choice of seating: table and chairs or armchairs and couches. From 11am each day, you can sit on the balcony or upstairs, earlier it’s just the ground floor, overlooking Glebe Point Road, the espresso machine, and the kitchen.
Coffee is good; an intricate fern tops my skim latte. Better still is the tall latte, just a hint of coffee through the thick haze of milk. An old favourite of mine.
Toby’s estate (fair-trade) coffee. 51 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe. At the back of a second hand bookshop is a tranquil courtyard with matching espresso bar. Open to suggestions as to how to make coffees, the staff are much more easy going than I probably deserve.
Coffee takes a little while to arrive, contributing to the eay-going vibe. It has a strong, earthy flavour: they know their way around a machine. A good place to pass the time.
Update: Fixed spelling of cafe. Website: sapphobooks.com.au.