Clipper Cafe

Coffee: 15/20 15/20
Whole experience (cafe + coffee): 31/40

Was around university on a Sunday arvo, and felt the sudden need for a 12:40pm pick-me-up coffee. Instead of heading back towards home into the depths of Newtown. Instead I ventured across the road to Glebe to check out Clipper Café a place which I reckon is brilliant.

It’s easy to see why this café is pumping from 6am to 6pm every day. The staff are more-or-less friendly, the table service is quick, the atmosphere is fun and inviting, the coffee is good and food fantastic (if at times ridiculously slow to come out).

I walk in and find, amazingly that there is a table free, I pull out a few ninja moves and some how (luckily) I end up at the table before anyone else can get there. The waitress who is crazy friendly, quickly cleans the table and with militaryspeed. While she is balancing about 5 plates on her arm, she explains that everything may be going crazy today as she is a man down. But it all looks fine to me, little bit of organised chaos. I order a flat white.

The people here are a collection of everything that’s cool about Glebe, the trendy couples, the hipster kids on the high tables outside, the large Asian families, and the massive girl gossip group in the corner.

The coffee comes out quickly and with a jug of water, which is great. It looks nice, if a little hurried, and has a pleasant smell to it that I think has a hint of caramel in it.

The coffee is generous with the foam, but not so much so that it’s a latte (really is a reflection of the modern flat white) and as I sip it that caramel taste comes into its own, really great taste. The drink is just so sweet thanks to this flavour that I would almost question why you would get a cappuccino here, as the chocolate may just overwhelm the drink (yes I checked that they did not put sugar into my drink).

Just to be greedy, while I was sitting there I ordered a long black (I am sorry group mates for being late). The coffee came out at a remarkably fast pace. Like the flat white before it, the aroma was great, with hints of smoky caramel. When tasting it the coffee was surprisingly fruity, which mixed really well with the caramel taste. The crema was thin, but pleasant and sat well on the coffee as a whole.

Having left it sitting for a while, it continued the flavours development. With that pleasant sweet caramel-ish taste becoming more dominant. The drink I found did become a little bit too sweet after a while, which is a little disappointing, but then again, this is what made the flat white so pleasant.
Over all, this café is just ridiculously easy to sit in, write up an assignment, get involved in the local gossip or use some of the unlimited free wifi (not unwried!). That it’s hard not to love what this café does. I think my only complaint would be that it’s a warm day, and it’s hot and I am kind of scared to think what will happen on a 40C+ day!

1. Coffee score
Style (look and feel): 8/10
Experience (taste and smell): 7/10
Coffee total: 15/20

2. Cafe score 
Style (what’s it feel like): old English shed meets doll house
Cool?: 8/10
Service: 8/10 (when not having food)
Cafe: 16/20
Whole experience (coffee + cafe): 31/40

likes: café feel, super caramel coffee
dislikes: heat, slow food table service (to come out)

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