Muzz Buzz is another specialist drive-through coffee chain with a few sites around Geelong – I went to the Corio outlet in the car park of the Harvey Norman complex on the northern end of Corio.
I said with both Bean Squeeze and McDonalds Drive Thru, they are what they are. You are not visiting these outlets for a coffee experience – you are typically visiting them for a pick-me-up on the way out of town.
But, comparing Muzz Buzz with the other two drive-throughs that I have reviewed, I was quite disappointed. The coffee tasted weak and poorly prepared. The two attendants simply place my “keep cup” under a menu driven machine and press a button – not dissimilar to what I can do on my trusty De Longhi at home. While waiting, I noticed the milk being frothed for another customer with the thermometer sitting in the jug. To me, if you need to make coffee to such a specific formula or recipe, you might as well automate it completely and get rid of the people serving.
But the real puzzle was the addition of the flex-straw in the top of my cup when I received it back. That’s right – a straw. It appears, having visited their web site, that the straw is something of a gimmick – they have a straw in a cup as part of their logo. what next, I nice paper umbrella and a piece of pineapple on a toothpick?
Give me a break.
I was decidedly underwhelmed by my first and, I suspect, last Muzz Buzz experience. Even acknowledging its format as a drive-thorugh, there appears to be a number of better options available.
|Address:||Cnr Princes Highway and School Road|
|Open:||Seven days per week|
|Headline:||Another drive-through coffee offering. Not particularly good. Does what it does. Please spare me the straw, though.|
Sometimes, you just have visit an iconic location and around these parts, they don’t come much more iconic that the Corio Bay Roadhouse. A full-on truck stop on the Melbourne end of Geelong, it is quintessential truck stop and quintessential Corio. In a previous life, I worked on a project that had me stopping at truck stops from Cairns to Hobart and Melbourne to Geraldton. Until you have spend time as one of these places, you just don’t understand the critical role they play in the well-being of our truckies. An opportunity for a hearty feed, a shower and far more importantly, a friendly face and chat – they are part of the Australian landscape and all power to them.
My truck stop experience over the past 20-odd years prepared me for an under-whelming cup of coffee at the Corio Bay Roadhouse – I have seen cappuccinos made with caterer’s blend instant coffee in a central Queensland truck stop – but I must say, I was pleasantly surprised by the Corio Bay Roadhouse coffee. Not to the extent that it would push its way into top 90% of coffees I have tried in Geelong but seriously, it was actually pretty good.
The cup wasn’t a tulip cup but the crema was good, the temperature right and from a flavour perspective, better than satisfactory.
Added to the coffee was the fact that I was called “Love” and “Darl” by the lady behind the counter and that I could have had a full-on mixed grill for $15 – and this is a truckie’s mixed grill!
If you live in Geelong and you haven’t stopped for at least a coffee at the Corio Bay Roadhouse, you need to take a long, hard look at yourself. You’ll find better coffee in plenty of places around Geelong but I can guarantee you won’t find this experience anywhere else in your home town.
|Address:||383 Princes Highway|
|Open:||Seven days per week|
|Coffee Suppliers:||Espresso Vivo|
|Headline:||A unique experience in Geelong – if you live in Geelong and have never been there, you should. Not the most amazing coffee but certainly better than satisfactory.|