Booktique (was Truffles Café), Merimbula

Quists coffee. A tiled floor, some fairly luxurious furniture, and floor to ceiling windows overlooking market street. This café specialises in coffee, cake and chocolates, with a side-line in gourmet food items.

Coffee takes a while to arrive, and reaches the table with a head of froth that varies in texture. It’s very hot, but once it settles down, is quite drinkable.

Update 5-Feb-2011: this cafe has changed significantly, judging by this photo that was sent through:
booktique shop - merimbula
I haven’t been down to Merimbula for a while, but I’m looking forward to trying out the new environment, the new Hennessy coffee and the retrained baristas.

Dee’z place, Merimbula

Café aroma coffee. Tiled floor, wooden furniture, and a range of age groups represented in the lunch crowd. Pot plants are hanging from the ceiling.

Staff are friendly, if a little stand-offish: this, though is to be expected when an oafish tourist like myself asks what brand of coffee is served.

Coffee is ready in a flash, with a thick head of foam, and the right temperature for savouring. It’s a mild flavour, well suited to sampling with one of the muffins or friands they have in their daily 11am happy hour.

Lime Tree Café, Merimbula

Organic free trade coffee. Open space, lots of aluminium chairs; seating for fifteen inside and another eight outside. Staff are friendly; there’s a sandwich bar and a choice of cakes.

Overall, the space is like a converted suburban bakery; painted walls, paved floor, simple furnishings, but the branding is upmarket.

Coffee is freshly ground to order, and as such takes a little while to arrive, but there’s a spontaneous apology for the wait – a good sign. It’s a smooth, drinkable temperature, good texture for a latte, and if I hadn’t brought my own coffee machine with me, I’d be stopping by here in the mornings for the daily heart-starter.