Hearts Cafe

 

is a small cafe located amongst a group of other shops – hairdresser, sub-newsagency … you know the kind of environment. It seems to attract some regular customers and my guess is that they are the folk who live close by and who come up to their local to get the paper, have a coffee and catch-up on neighbourhood news, all in one go.

The coffee was served in a suitable cup – not the tulip cup – but something that was of a sensible size and surface area. The crema was visible and whilst not rich and “creamy” certainly provided some visual appeal. The flavour of the coffee was one that I would describe as “not too bad” without it being startling.

You probably wouldn’t go out of your way to visit Hearts for coffee but if you find yourself in that neck of the woods … well, give it a shot.

 

Address: 130 Shannon Avenue
Suburb: Geelong West 3218
Web Site: Not Available
Telephone: 5229 5083
Open: Six days per week (closed Sunday)
Price: $3.50
Coffee Suppliers: Espresso vivo
Headline: One of those “not too bad but not fantastic either” cups of coffee.
Coffee Rating: Three and a half stars

Dal Gourmet Cafe & Catering

 

Let’s get the actual coffee review done and dusted – the coffee was pretty good, served in a cup that was not strictly the correct cup but not as large as a cappuccino cup. There was some spillage in the saucer but all of that fades into the background when you understand the history and vision of dal Gourmet and Catering.

From their web site:

Corio Bay Innovators Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation, trading as dal Gourmet Café and Catering. dal is an award-winning supported employment and vocational training organisation, operating a gourmet catering service, retail cafe and two school canteens in Geelong. It is a professional, competitive, and successful organisation. dal is a registered provider with the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The dal Transition to Employment Training Program provides participants with on-the-job training in dal’s kitchen and cafe, in conjunction with accredited hospitality based courses at The Gordon TAFE. In addition, participants can access dal programs including Life Skills Development, Health & Wellbeing, Work Readiness and Planter Box to Plate. Participants are also actively involved in the planning, management and operations of the organisation.

dal works to build an inclusive community by fostering a culture that supports transition and equitable employment.

dal has refined a best practice model for supported employment and transition to open employment programs, and is now moving into a new phase of marketing the dal model to encourage others with the same vision.”

Their cafe is located on the corner of Fenwick and Little Ryrie and they serve some seriously good food as well the usual array of coffees and other drinks. If you are in the area, you would do well to stop in and have a bite to eat and long black.

 

Address: 4 Little Ryrie Street (cnr Fenwick Street)
Suburb: Geelong 3220
Web Site: www.dal.org.au
Telephone: 5223 1288
Open: Five days per week (closed Saturday and Sunday)
Price: $3.50
Coffee Suppliers: Unknown
Headline: Technically speaking, not the best coffee in Geelong but what a great business dal is – providing meaningful employment for adults with special needs in a commercial environment. All power to them!
Coffee Rating: Four stars

Lipari

 

Every regional centre has one – and Geelong has Lipari! A simple and straightforward Italian restaurant that only sets out to do one thing – serve really good, honest, reasonably priced Italian food in a very family-friendly environment. What a great place!

I have been to Lipari several times before but I had not had a long black for the purposes of review on Geelong Coffee – I tend to indulge my senses with an espresso or two after a meal like that.

But, dear reader, for the sake of my followers, I took the plunge and ordered a long black coffee … and was very pleasantly surprised. The first surprise was the arrival of my coffee in a Genovese branded tulip cup – something that I had been told existed but never actually seen. The coffee displayed a healthy crema and looked great. And the flavour – really good!

Only that this was my third review for the day and therefore, my fourth coffee for the day, I would have been tempted to order another.

The disappointing thing is that Lipari is only open for lunch and dinner and therefore, a casual coffee mid-morning is out of the question. That said, if you are there for a meal, make sure you order a coffee.

Good work, Lipari

 

Address: 1o Union Street
Suburb: Geelong 3220
Web Site: www.liparigeelong.com.au
Telephone: 5222 5600
Open: Seven days per week
Price: $3.50
Coffee Suppliers: Genovese
Headline: We found it! The first time I have seen the mythical Genovese-branded tulip cup. Hooray. And the coffee was as good an example of Genovese Coffee as I have found. Well done!
Coffee Rating: Four stars

Capra Coffee Roasters

 

I’ve have now seen it all … if I didn’t know better, I’d swear I had been set up.

As regular readers would know, I am a real stickler for coffee to be served in the correct cup. Capra Coffee Roasters, being a serious coffee establishment, sells a range of coffee-related equipment including cups. As you will see on our Instagram page, they were selling tulip cups with the attached description being “Long Black Cup and Saucer”. I’ll say that again – the tulip cups that they are selling are designated “Long Black Cup and Saucer”. Clearly, they know how to serve a long black … or so you would think.

Out came my long black – served in a cappuccino cup. I couldn’t believe it (that photo is also on Instagram). No, seriously … I’m not joking.

As it happened, the crema was pretty good and the taste was really good. How much better might it have been if the coffee had been presented correctly. I’d understand it if the product description had been, for example, 5oz tulip cup. But the actual product description was “Long Black Cup and Saucer”.

I’m still scratching my head …

 

Address: 110 Fyans Street
Suburb: Geelong South 3220
Web Site: www.capracoffee.com.au
Telephone: 5222 2845
Open: Six days per week (closed Sunday)
Price: $3.50
Coffee Suppliers: Capra
Headline: If I can get past the choice of cup, the coffee was actually quite good. Much better than my previous experience of Capra at another cafe where the barista, using the same beans, delivered a one star performance.
Coffee Rating: Four stars

Barwon Edge Boathouse

 

Barwon Edge Boathouse is a great location down by the river where Newtown is just across the river from Highton. Its entrance off Windsor Road reminds me of a plush country club rather than a cafe / restaurant with majestic gates and extensive car park. The building is also pretty impressive -the kind of place you can imagine wedding receptions being held more so than breakfast coffees, but breakfast coffee it was.

The table I sat at provided me with great views out through the trees to the river, giving a certain serenity to the venue (as Daryl Kerrigan would have said, “How’s the serenity”).

So, we’ve got a majestic avenue with an imposing building, beautiful views and plenty of serenity, so my expectations were set. So, I was a little surprised to find that I had to go to the bar to order my coffee. I understand that there is a cost to provide table service but it just seemed a little unusual in that environment NOT to have table service.

Anyway, the coffee arrived in a tulip shaped cup – that was exciting – but unfortunately the crema was only just complete. The coffee itself tasted OK without being anything better than OK, which surprised me. If you are going to the lengths they have to provide such an impressive facility, I would have thought that the coffee might have been better. Not to be.

Again, it might be an example of where the coffee they serve is not their highest priority. Either way, whilst being happy to score it a three and a half star coffee, I left a little disappointed to be honest.

 

Address: 40 Windsor Road
Suburb: Newtown 3220
Web Site: www.barwonedge.com.au
Telephone: 5221 2200
Open: Seven days per week
Price: $4.00
Coffee Suppliers: Sapore Italiano
Headline: Given the venue, I must say I was expecting better coffee than I received. Not bad by any means but just not up to the standard that the somewhat palatial surroundings would suggest.
Coffee Rating: Three and a half stars