Bean Squeeze – Manifold Heights


The aim of this web site is to identify the best coffee experience in Geelong and if that’s what you’re after, you should look elsewhere. You are only on site for the bare minimum of time that it takes to create your coffee and hand it over to you.

Bean Squeeze has set up eight take away coffee locations around Geelong designed to give drivers the chance to purchase a take away coffee without leaving their car. By definition, the coffee is take away and therefore is delivered in a take away cup. You can bring your own “Keep Cup” but make sure you have washed it before you get there – they handed mine back to me for health and safety reasons. I hadn’t washed it since yesterday’s take away coffee.

No-one should turn up at Bean Squeeze expecting a fantastic coffee experience. If you, like many people, like to stop off and purchase a coffee on the way to work or anywhere else, though, and don’t want to get out of your car on a cold morning, your laziness will be rewarded with a coffee that it is better than satisfactory at Bean Squeeze.

Try one next time you’re heading off on a journey …


Address: 251 Shannon Avenue
Suburb: Manifold Heights 3218
Web Site:
Telephone: 5222 7164
Open: Seven days per week
Price: $3.80
Coffee Suppliers: Unknown
Headline: It is what it is – if you are looking for an all embracing coffee experience, look elsewhere. If you are looking for takeaway coffee, better than satisfactory!
Coffee Rating: Three and a half stars

House Iberia


Another day, another suburb and today, we head off to Manifold Heights, or as some might call it West Geelong West!

I have been to House Iberia before and for whatever reason, didn’t have coffee during that visit. What I do remember was the friendly environment and the really good food that was served. But this is a coffee blog and so, today, we try out their coffee.

Unfortunately, my long black this morning was rather disappointing, so much so that, for the second time in the twenty reviews I have done on Geelong Coffee, I was unable to finish drinking my coffee.

Once again, my coffee was served in a cappuccino bowl cup (see my Cups page for more detail) – which, as has been said elsewhere NUMEROUS times, for a number reasons, creates high levels of likelihood that it will contain poor coffee. Today’s presentation suggested that the additional 100mls (the difference in volume between a cappuccino bowl and a tulip cup) consisted of over-brewing the shots of coffee and, most likely, additional hot water. The crema was fractured which, as has been said in other reviews, is the first giveaway that the coffee will disappoint. And it did.

If you live in the Manifold Heights area and are looking for a cafe that you can stroll to for breakfast on a Sunday morning, House Iberia is very local and for the most part a good place to spend some time. Unfortunately, if your primary requirement is a great cup of coffee, I think you might need to get the car keys out and go for a drive.


Address: 137 Shannon Avenue
Suburb: Manifold Heights 3218
Web Site:
Telephone: 5222 3567
Open: Six days per week (closed Monday)
Price: $3.80
Coffee Suppliers: Unknown
Headline: Spanish influenced menu and light and bright environment. Unfortunately, coffee lets them down.
Coffee Rating: lessthanthree