Coffee: 10/20
Whole experience (cafe + coffee): 20/40

Monday (2012!): While there are a few coffee shops in the QVB, few have such a capital location (feel that city buzz) as Bacio does. Located right next to the central dome area (Christmas tree at this time of year). Bacio promises to be a great shopping stop.
Upon arrival, it’s not that clear how to order anything here. I sat down for a good few minutes pondering how to achieve a coffee like those around me, till a girl came up and asked me to order and pay at the counter. Even on arrival to the counter I was confused as there were two lines (one it turns out if for takeaway) [side note: I am not the only one at the time of writing confused on this ordering system].

Upon getting to the counter I asked for a flat white, which the instant response was $4.60. Now I am noting this expensive price, as it seems to match that of a wine bar just a short walk away (little bit shocked).

The coffee arrived in a timely manor and upon it’s arrival I requested a glass of water from a very friendly waitress who came back with it, with some lemon in it (nice).

This is a great people watching location, and the customers of Bacio match those walking passed, everyone has a shopping bag, ipad or camera at the ready. I really enjoyed watching people and family’s rush passed (on a public holiday) and hear the sound of the large clock clime every 30mins or just look at what must be one of the most beautiful buildings in Sydney (I like the new colour job).

Down side of the café, must be the table which I picked, which happens it seems to be somehow in some sort of corridor, with couples and families walking on either side of the table constantly.

The coffee came to be looking dark; it’s instantly recognisable as some sort of Italian (maybe French) style bold roast. The aroma confirms this with wispy milk chocolate, mixed with that nice burnt aroma the average blend produces.

It is proportioned well with a nice layer of foam sitting atop the coffee itself. Sadly though no effort went into its stylistic creation

Tasting it was a bit of a let down, as the boldness which I was expecting feel somewhat flat, although it did produce some nice back of the mouth earthy flavours if you take a big sip. As you let it cool it retains its flavours surprisingly (given it’s lack of a bold kick) well and to me the milk chocolate taste comes out a little more.

This café is a tough one to score. The coffee was pleasant (I liked that surprising earthy undertone), water with lemon thoughtful and location chaotically relaxing. However, the ordering system is confusing, prices stupidly high and coffee (under) averagely presented. As you can tell there are a lot of positives and negatives on both the café and coffee score.

1. Coffee score
Style (presentation, consistency, love): 4/10
Experience (taste, aroma, complexity): 6/10
Coffee total: 10/20

2. Cafe score
Style (what’s it feel like): A coffee shop in an expensive shopping centre
Cool?: 5/10
Service: 5/10
Cafe: 10/20

Whole experience (coffee + cafe): 20/40

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