The first thing that strikes you about Pasquini’s is its location – directly across the street from the main Point Lonsdale beach. You can imagine the place crawling with people on a warm summer’s day. With tables inside and out, you can sit and watch the world go by with a backdrop that includes the Portsea foreshore.

My coffee arrived in a Genovese-branded cappuccino cup which seems to be the norm in cafes that are serviced by this brand of coffee. Given the popularity of this brand amongst cafes and restaurants, you would think that they would also produce branded tulip cups but apparently not – I’ve certainly never seen one.

I must commend the young lady who made my coffee – she was able to produce a long black that had a complete crema, which is no mean feat when you are making it in a cup with such a large top surface area. But, as is usually the case with a larger cup, because the inside surface area is so much bigger and therefore more coffee makes contact with the cup, the temperature of the coffee dropped far too quickly. By the time I got to the last mouthful, the coffee was unsatisfactorily lukewarm.

And as is often the case with Genovese coffee, the flavour was PRETTY good without being REALLY good.

One thing I have learned in this journey is that a slightly higher investment in barista training, the right cup size and, of course, the very best beans will produce a much better result. If you are happy to accept good coffee, then the choice of cafe is less important. Unfortunately, I am on the lookout for outstanding coffee … and sadly, today, I could only rate my long black as good.


Address: 1/85 Point Lonsdale Road
Suburb: Point Lonsdale 3225
Web Site: N/A
Telephone: 5258 1158
Open: Seven days per week
Price: $4.00
Coffee Suppliers: Genovese
Headline: A little disappointing. A cracking location right over the road from the beach but, unfortunately, the coffee was at best, good.
Coffee Rating: Three and a half stars