Sports and Aquatic Centre Café USYD

Quickie (sit in only):
Coffee: 14/20
Overall: 23/40

Monday: While perhaps not the most usual place to scope out a coffee, many from my masters have told me the wonders of the sports and aquatic café’s coffee. Noting the coffee here is far superior to that of the other coffee shops on campus, so I figured, what the hell, I’ll go check it out.

The sports and aquatic café is found within the sports and aquatic centre in the long hallway between a swimming pool, basketball court and squash courts, it’s a funny space as one can not feel a little bit lazy here, watching everyone around you exercise like mad while you consume a full fat coffee!

I go up to the counter and order a flat white for here. The coffee is produced instantly, by the slightly uninterested looking barista. Down side about this café is instantly noticeable, the ‘have here’ option, means you have to carry your own cup to the table, which I think is a little poor, as I’m balancing a phone, laptop and what not.

Having sat down I scope out the place it’s immense, there are heaps of tables and chairs, most of which are empty. Strangely enough the customers here are all wearing suits.

The coffee in front of me looks very average no effort has gone into its design or style, the coffee has been slightly spilt (by me trying to balance it!) and foam looks less then silky. However, the smell makes up for it, the coffee has a nice sweet aroma to it with a hint of some sort of berry would be my guess.

Looking at it more technically, it is proportioned well and has a good heat to it, which is nice as while it’s a hot day, the air-con is working double time in this sports complex.

The coffee tasted much like it smelt with a nice full berry taste that sat mostly on the sides and back of my mouth, mostly a full bodied drink, although nothing like other full bodies like Toby’s Estate and what not. This sweetness remained after consuming the drink.

Having left it to cool, it continued to have a nice favour to it.

Over all while little to no effort went into this coffee, it turned out quite well. The barista knows how to make a fine coffee with no effort; consistency is the name of the game at this café.

Would I make the switch away from Azzuri if I were on this side of campus? Probably not, but I can imagine a few would, given Azzuri can be in consistent (especially if your not a regular), and many of the down sides of this coffee (presentation, café atmosphere) would become irreverent if I was running to class.

I should note, even before I score it, the score which this café will get will be in some ways lower then it deserves, but such is life.

Overall sit in score
1. Coffee score.

Coffee: 7/10
Style: 5/10
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coffee total:12/20
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2. Cafe score and feel
Feel: Food court meets swimming pool
Cool? 5/10
Service 4/10
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Overall: 21/40
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Wednesday: I came back to the cafe here at the pool, to check out their takeaway coffees. As has been predicted, their take away coffee far out did their sit in style.

It was a wet morning and upon entering the sports heaven, I found a bit of a que for getting food. There seems to be a bit of a regular things happening here. The coffee was made quickly and without comment and handed to me quickly.

The flatwhite which was produced was a nice drink. Technical wise, it was a little over proportioned, with far more foam then one would expect in a flatwhite. However on the positive side it had a great heat to it (was not burnt at all) which was very welcomed given the poor weather.

Flavour and aroma remained reasonably unchanged (consistency is the name of the game) and in it’s takeaway form this was quite welcomed by this coffee nerd, while not amazing, it covered most of what you want, in a fast, hot and consistent way.

Overall takeaway score
1. Coffee score.

Coffee: 7/10
Style: 6/10
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coffee total:13/20
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2. Cafe score and feel
Feel: Food court meets swimming pool
Cool? 5/10
Service 4/10
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Overall: 22/40

Below is the last of the USYD sit in take away scores, I’ve averaged up in every case.

Overall average score
1. Coffee score.

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coffee total:13/20
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2. Cafe score and feel
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cafe total: 9/20
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Overall average score: 22/40

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