Whole experience (cafe + coffee): 27/40
Bean: Toby’s Estate
Welcome to 2013 readers.
What says welcome to a new year in Sydney better than a morning spent at the beach? I know that was the top thing on my mind when I work up this morning on the 01/01/13 although much to the annoyance of Nerd 2, who I am sure would have liked a little longer sleep in to start the year. Our morning started at 9am as we jumped in the car and drove out to Bronte.
Bronte has to be on of my favourite Sydney beaches I love the park meets beach thing the area has, not to mention the local cafe combination the area provides. And, by the look at the number of visitors this morning, so do a few others!
Having spent the morning swimming and lazing in the sun, Nerd 2 and I finished our time in the ideal beach location with a coffee (well, Nerd 2 a fresh fruit juice). Not knowing much about the cafes in the area, we went into the first café that caught our eyes, plus more importantly the one that had a spare table. Luckily for us, a table had just opened up at a café we were walking past, The Bogey Hole Café.
If you’ve not been here before, The Bogey Hole Café is the café second from the right, if standing with the beach at your back, and to my eyes it’s the café with the most personality, it’s got a bit of old world Sydney beach charm to the shop front and seemingly more relaxed less snooty than some other options. You’ll want to grab a footpath table in the summer to catch some breeze.
As we sat down a waiter came over quickly with menus, first thoughts – not to shabby for a ridiculously busy day. After 5 minutes he came back with water and asked us both what we were looking for, I went a latte and baked eggs, Nerd 2 a fresh watermelon, ginger and apple and a vege-burger.
Interestingly, the coffee and juice came out together reasonably quickly with Nerd 2’s burger and my baked eggs a little spaced out a little later but close enough to work. Little odd on the timings but it may have been the day.
The coffee’s initial appearance was a little disappointing, foam not overly silky and no attempt at latte art (you’re making me a little sad Eastern suburbs). These aspects aside, it presented well with solid foam to milk ratio and nice glass and saucer.
The aroma of the coffee was somewhat diluted to my nose with the salt in the air (and my nose from swimming), but it had the bright fresh fruity and toffee like sweet aroma notes we’ve come to expect from a Toby’s Estate House blend.
Tasting wise I found it leaning more on that toffee / caramel flavours than the fruit (fresh berry / citrus like rind) aspects which Toby’s house can show up.
Not nearly as spectacular as Hole In The Wall’s Toby’s Estate that I reviewed last week, Bogey missed the fruity flavours which really left a comparatively lacklustre after taste yet, still in contrast mode, it was far more smooth and levelled drink as you’d expect from more a single taste drink. Overall, I thought it was a nice drink and well above a normal coffee standard, I’m just being picky today.
Letting it cool brought out some of the fruity berry like flavours, which levelled some of the toffee flavours in the mouth, leaving it less smooth but more satisfying.
Overall, there are only good things I can say about the café. The Bogey Hole has fantastic Bronte location, great food and nice, simple and smooth coffee. While not the most modern looking place, it has got more beach hipster charm that you’d ever need. The coffee, while not the best Toby’s Estate example, could be markedly improved, in my rankings, with some art added to it which may happen not on New Years Day. With a choice of 3 or 4 nearly identical looking cafes in the area, Bogey is a dam good choice.
1. Coffee score
Style (look and feel): 6/10
Experience (taste and smell): 7/10
Coffee total: 13/20
2. Cafe score
Style (what’s it feel like): A cool beach side haunt
Whole experience (coffee + cafe): 27/40