Bar Latte

Coffee: 9/20
Whole experience (cafe + coffee): 17/40

There is something particularly unappealing about coffee shops in or near train stations. Just think about it, I can name a few just off the top of my head and I am sure you can to. Sadly this is not a ‘however’ moment to reveal an amazing coffee shop for today’s review, but rather a confirmation of this fact.

This early Saturday morning finds me at Edgecliff station, waiting to get a lift from a mate, Harley, to get up the coast for a day or two. Having not had a coffee that day I thought I would grab one before the ride. Bar Latte found just outside the station on New South Head Road was there, so I ordered a latte (hey, it’s called Bar Latte) and sat in.

When I called up Harley to say I was getting a coffee, he told me, you’re going to be running late and the coffee will be shit. Ouch.

I grabbed a seat outside and had a look at my surroundings. I’m not sure if you’ve ever been to an Eastern European bus station think that, but in Eastern Sydney so the people are slightly better dressed.

The latte came to me reasonably quickly. It was presented to me in a tallish glass on a black saucer.

From first appearances I was reasonably impressed, given my low hopes I had given the place. While there was no coffee art, it had been poured well and the milk looked silky enough. However, there was a plethora of foam well over what you’d want from a latte in 2012 (or 2013 – happy new year).

Just as I was starting my coffee a lady with a dog asked if she could share my table. I accepted happily  What I did not realise was that by her, she meant about 3 people and by share she meant involve. This began me becoming intimately involved with all aspects of their life with ‘whose gay’, ‘is uncle Joe an alcoholic?’ and ‘remember when the dog did this?’ often including me with a ‘and what do you think?’. Welcome to the Eastern suburbs?

The aroma was quite roasted with a somewhat smooth, fruity sweet aroma drifting through it, a smell that was not that bad at at all.

Tasting wise it was a very sweet, but simple blend. I found that although it seemed quite mild, after a few seconds it had both quite a strong and sour long lasting after taste that just lasted and lasted… yuck.

Letting the drink cool the bitterness of the blend tended to dominate over the sweet and milder flavours. On the plus side it’s an interesting tasting experience in that you do most of the tasting of the coffee in the front of your mouth.

Having finished the drink I found that the best part was the excessive foam, which was left till the end, this had a reasonably pleasant texture and sweetish taste to it.

Overall, it’s a cafe for when you need it rather than when you’re looking for it. Staff are non-existent, but nice enough when you experience them, the atmosphere is odd but given the coffee shop is located in the ruins of an early 1990s shopping centre that just could not make it, it does it’s best and the coffee is ok, but all together quite a forgettable experience.

1. Coffee score
Style (look and feel): 5/10
Experience (taste and smell): 4/10
Coffee total: 9/20

2. Cafe score
Style (what’s it feel like): Run down European bus station cafe
Cool?: 3/10
Service: 5/10
Cafe: 8/20
Whole experience (coffee + cafe): 17/40

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