If you were like me and saw Coffee Crazy on network 10 a few weeks ago, you are probably in awe of Paul Bassett’s Bacino. It was the drink that won him the 2003 World Barista Championships and he describes it like this:
“The rim of the glass is dipped in honey and cinnamon sugar, which I’d crushed. Then I used chocolate ganache using Ivory Coast picao , which I’d prepared with a little cream and a bit of sugar syrup which I’d infused with vanilla and stirred. Then I poured espresso over the top and put an orange wedge on the rim.” It obviously went down a treat …
It made me want to crawl through the tv and grab it right out of the eye candy girl’s hand. The tv show reminded me of how I have been settling for substandard coffee served around my office building and inspired me to journey outside my little square to find…
THE BEST CUP OF COFFEE IN BRISBANE!
Each day I’m going to try and get a coffee from a different store in the Brisbane CBD area and evaluate it. I’m in no way a coffee connoisseur and don’t have all the adjectives to describe the roast or the technique. I’m just going to see if I can find one that blows my mind. I’ve started by ordering a cappucino, but I’m thinking I might have to go outside the tried and true to find a better cup of coffee. We’ll see how it progresses. But now, I present to you my first evaluation..
Coffee, Coffee, Coffee
Located between Charlotte and Mary Sts on Albert St it looks the business. They sell a home coffee machine with training by one of the owners for $650, have gold framed coffee artwork on the red walls and an impressive variety of drink choices. The lady at the register knew a lot of the customers names so they obviously have regulars. I’d heard about this place on Coffee Geek Australia forums so I was expecting big things.
I entered the store around 11.15am and oredered a medium cappucino. The order took about 5-7 minutes as there were a few people in line before me. The girl kept apologising for the wait but I didn’t care as good coffee should be worth waiting for. The barista was a good looking asian guy. $3.00 later I had my coffee and took it off to a stairwell to take a picture:
It looked really good, but unfortunately after finishing the coffee I still only really tasted milk. I’m not sure if it was because I ordered medium and therefore the milk ended up being the main ingredient? So I can’t comment on whether the coffee was any good.
Verdict: All looks, no substance. Will try the store again – perhaps with a different size drink. Can’t be too quick to judge.