Whole experience (cafe + coffee): 28/40
The Blue Mountains is home and known for a few things. Bush walking for one, checking out the Three Sisters for another and the obligatory tea and scone.
Coffee, while off the traditional checklist, sits highly on mine so on the Easter Long weekend Nerd 2 and I had away I checked out a few places with coffee in mind around Leura.
First up Red Door. Red Door near the top of the mall (near the roundabout) is a popular spot by all accounts (by ‘all accounts’ I mean the huge flow of people looking for a table at 9:30am on a Saturday).
Nerd 2 and I got our table scouting skills on and managed to dance our way through a whole lot of people to nab a table as it opened up.
Service was fast given the quantity of people (given it was the Easter long weekend), I went a long black as more than enough milk based food was on the horizon (notably chocolate eggs), Nerd 2 a chia latte.
Coffee was a bit of a wait, given the business of the café. So I took some time out to read the weekend paper. There is a real pleasure is reading the Saturday paper with nowhere to go isn’t there? In between News Review and World sections I looked up to see a breakdown of the flavours of the coffee in the grinder with a syphon coffee glass thing below it. My opinion of the place was high.
The long blacks arrival put a bit of a spanner in the works, as it came out with a very broken crema. Two things could have occurred, either the coffee pour was right off or I was dealing with a double ristretto.
Taste and smell wise it was a lovely bean. It had a bit of a spicy sweatiness to it. The aroma smelt a little more of dark chocolate, but the taste led towards more of a caramel sweetness. If I were a betting man I’d say it was a double ristretto.
Letting it sit saw the more caramel flavours subside to the initial dark chocolate like flavours in the aroma.
Overall Red Door, even if it was a single espresso with a shit crema, is an excellent coffee choice in Leura (or even Sydney). It’s a charming place that manages hectic very well. Food, which I’ve failed to talk about was a good café affair. So if you’re in town just for a shop or for a few nights Red Door is well worth checking out.
1. Coffee score
Style (look and feel): 7/10
Experience (taste and smell): 8/10
Coffee total: 15/20
2. Cafe score
Style (what’s it feel like): City chic with Blue Mts. charm
Whole experience (coffee + cafe): 28/40