Whole experience (cafe + coffee): 28/40
A trip over the bridge finds me in the leafy North Shore suburb of Cammeray. From what I assumed would be a boring suburban shopping strip there are actually a plethora of cafe options open and buzzing on a Sunday. I made a random choice in destination and went into the second cafe I came across to see what the scene was like. Ms. Miller, was the cafe.
Ms. Miller, is an airy joint that feels more bar than café (which it also happens to be..) and as such far more youthful than the immediate similar options like Maggios – a cafe (which was ridiculously popular) across the small pedestrian road. There was flowing traffic in and out of Miller’s so I managed to walk on in and grab a table as it opened up.
Part bar, part cafe it’s easy to see that this is a cafe reflecting a younger growing suburb. Modern chilled out music, exposed brick walls, a specialty beer on tap and a cocktail menu that will appear on your table on the stroke of midday – far more your Crows Nest than a Mosman.
Service was fast and relaxed, everyone was ordering milk coffee around me so I followed suit and a latte was soon on its way.
The latte came over to me quickly, made on what I assume is their their own house roast (noted by the unbranded bags of coffee beans on the counter) the drink made a good first impression. Hot, simple leaf art and well proportioned.
The initial flavour was quite nutty, with some dark cocoa textures. I found the milk quite hot, although not burnt. Lower North Shore people are the kings and queens of ordering ‘extra hot’ (at least this is what I’ve found) so in response baristas often make hotter than average milk than the rest of the city.
Letting the latte sit lets the dark chocolate like flavours become a little punchier, you can certainly taste the sweeter notes to the bean with time.
Overall, it’s a bloody relaxing cafe and one I was pleased to pick at random. With the spring weather hitting 27C it is the open breezy cafes, like Ms. Miller that will get the crowd’s vote – the chilled music and space between tables is just an added bonus. Top that with potentially a unique roast that has a nice balance between bitter and sweet and a slight punch to it, alongside some very chilled but attentive staff and it all makes a classic cafe for a suburb.
1. Coffee score
Style (look and feel): 7/10
Experience (taste and smell): 7/10
Coffee total: 14/20
2. Cafe score
Style (what’s it feel like): A cool suburban bar
Whole experience (coffee + cafe): 28/40