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North south coffee shootout

By johnboy - 20 March 2012 68

The strange sniping between Canberra’s lower house MPs has taken a new turn with Fraser’s Andrew Leigh challenging the champion of the Southside Gai Brodtmann to a coffee comparison:

As a first step, let’s answer a simple question: is the coffee better or the northside or southside? To test this, Gai and I will each nominate our favourite cafe. We’ll subject ourselves to the decision of a trio of members of the fourth estate.

So if you’re a coffee-loving journalist, and would be willing to judge, please get in touch. And if you’re a northsider with a favourite cafe, please let me know.

I find it hard to imagine that any cafe in the south can hold an empty coffee mug to Roasters, Wilburs or Black Pepper, but we’ll soon find out what some independent assessors think.

The irony being that the Northside is superior because it doesn’t have parliament and all that it brings.

But knock yourselves out Rioters, how does the coffee stack up either side of the water?

What’s Your opinion?


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North south coffee shootout
steveu 2:39 pm 20 Mar 12

Im not a coffee snob, hell, I cant really tell the difference most the time. But one coffee that alwasy stood out for me was the ones made by Crazy About Coffee (Andrew in the van), I guess Southside since he was traversing Fyshwick (happy to be corrected). I dont think he is still in business, but best coffee I have ever had. And oh, I will throw in that Coco Black in Civic makes the best hot chocolates in the world. I know this is about coffee, but their hot chocolates are so good I just had to put it out there.

Rollersk8r 2:10 pm 20 Mar 12

Coffee snobbery annoys the heck out of me, especially with the ridiculous generalisations that whole cities are doing it wrong. The number of times I’ve flown back in to Canberra and heard the comment our coffee is terrible. Yep, hundreds of industrial espresso machines in Canberra, you’ve tried them all, and not a single outlet is doing it properly….

EvanJames 1:09 pm 20 Mar 12

TheDancingDjinn said :

its just condensed milk in the coffee – no sugar no milk – just condensed milk and coffee – its super and your more than welcome to have one with me 😀

You used to be able to get that in a tube, already mixed. I don’t think it scared any coffee shops into closing down, however.

Chop71 1:02 pm 20 Mar 12

wow, they must be busy

molongloid 12:46 pm 20 Mar 12

astrojax said :

i am skeptical of a ‘recipe’ for coffee, from se asia or elsewhere, that isn’t simply ‘roast coffee beans, grind, use espresso machine to produce strong black coffee, drink…’

Often means drip coffee + sweetened condensed milk.

TheDancingDjinn 12:46 pm 20 Mar 12

astrojax said :

why don’t they just hold a barrista tournament on the lake: the dancing djinn will win, and the question will be forever settled with ‘neither’…

(though i am skeptical of a ‘recipe’ for coffee, from se asia or elsewhere, that isn’t simply ‘roast coffee beans, grind, use espresso machine to produce strong black coffee, drink…’)

and one hopes that the outcome isn’t based on a single cafe’s excellence. the idea that coffee is better on one side of the lake or another should mean that ‘generally’ (ie, across several cafes) one can get a better coffee in that domain…

its just condensed milk in the coffee – no sugar no milk – just condensed milk and coffee – its super and your more than welcome to have one with me 😀

missme 12:39 pm 20 Mar 12

Best coffee – southside Red Brick Cafe at the Curtin shops… and soon to be roasting their own!

Holden Caulfield 12:38 pm 20 Mar 12

poetix said :

Holden Caulfield said :

The sooner the MLAs move away from this Today Tonight crap the better.

Yes, it annoys me too. Andrew Leigh is just trying to show he gets his nose out of economics papers occasionally, and has a Great Sense of Humour. I note that the cafes he mentions are carefully picked from different areas of his electorate.

Yep, it just smells of a desperate PR attempt at trying to prove relevance.

And sorry, I should have referred to them as MPs before, not MLAs, which would make such moves even worse, haha.

astrojax 12:10 pm 20 Mar 12

why don’t they just hold a barrista tournament on the lake: the dancing djinn will win, and the question will be forever settled with ‘neither’…

(though i am skeptical of a ‘recipe’ for coffee, from se asia or elsewhere, that isn’t simply ‘roast coffee beans, grind, use espresso machine to produce strong black coffee, drink…’)

and one hopes that the outcome isn’t based on a single cafe’s excellence. the idea that coffee is better on one side of the lake or another should mean that ‘generally’ (ie, across several cafes) one can get a better coffee in that domain…

dpm 12:08 pm 20 Mar 12

These are the serious issues that really should be nutted (beaned?) out in Senate estimates……

poetix 11:53 am 20 Mar 12

Holden Caulfield said :

The sooner the MLAs move away from this Today Tonight crap the better.

Yes, it annoys me too. Andrew Leigh is just trying to show he gets his nose out of economics papers occasionally, and has a Great Sense of Humour. I note that the cafes he mentions are carefully picked from different areas of his electorate.

TheDancingDjinn 11:18 am 20 Mar 12

oh and im in the Belconnen area

TheDancingDjinn 11:17 am 20 Mar 12

The best coffee comes from my kitchen – the recipe from south east asia – all are welcome.

Holden Caulfield 11:15 am 20 Mar 12

The sooner the MLAs move away from this Today Tonight crap the better.

jsm2090 11:01 am 20 Mar 12

oh this is a tough ‘un.

Even as a Northsider, I nominate Ona Manuka as my favourite coffee at the moment. Roasters is great, but can be a little inconsistent with the amount of coffee in a shot.

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