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Brother Thomas Coffee

10 January 2014 in Australia Coffee, Coffee Shops, Hotel Coffee, Uncategorized

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This morning I thought I would try something a little different and stopped into this place called Brother Thomas Coffee in Melbourne…

It is right on Williams Street and it is really a great little coffee shop.  The staff was EXTREMELY friendly – like as in they were just cool people.  Pleasant and outgoing which made for some nice small talk and chat while they prepared your coffee and in my case eggs on toast.  I had a long black and it was made perfectly.  The eggs on toast were AMAZING as well.  The other cool feature was their complimentary water — I know that sounds like its not really a big deal but it was a cool touch that they had plus you got to choose if you wanted still water or sparkling water and they’d just bring the bottle over to your table and serve you up as you waited.  Really really cool.  I highly recommend this place if you’re in the area – I know I’ll be stopping back tomorrow morning as well!

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Rating 5/5

5outof5

 

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Grinders in Southbank

9 January 2014 in Australia Coffee, Coffee Shops, Uncategorized

For the past few weeks the show I tour with THE ILLUSIONISTS has been playing here in Melbourne at the Arts Centre.  We do 2-3 shows/ day and in between each show we get to go grab lunch and dinner.  Since these spots of time can be short I usually end up taking the short walk around the corner to the Southbank food court area right on the river.

After grabbing my usual sushi I always finish off each meal with a nice cup of coffee – usually ending up with a Long Black as my coffee of choice.  And, the best place to get this coffee is for sure at GRINDERS coffee:

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I know I’m not the only one…I have recommended this spot to others in the cast and crew and the vote has been unanimous that we all approve, enjoy, and love stopping here to get our coffees!

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I cannot recommend this place enough – just go grab a coffee on a nice day and enjoy the view of the skyline right there on the river!

These guys for sure get a 5/5!!!

5outof5

 

 

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Melbourne Coffee #1

6 January 2014 in Australia Coffee, Coffee Shops, Hotel Coffee

I’m on tour right no in Melbourne, Australia and I have to say out of every city I’ve been to in this country THIS ONE is my all time favorite.  Such a beautiful and cultural place!  Also they have a HUGE coffee culture here which is great!  Upon my arrival I knew I wouldn’t have to go far to find a decent java…even the “small chain” of coffee places can do it justice!

I found it interesting too that Starbucks tried to get a start going here and the people revolted!  There still are a few here and there if you look hard enough – but you have to look hard.  So instead I just decided to go around the corner from my hotel room to get my first coffee at a little cafe place that had a big sign in the window says Cirvelli coffee…whatever that means.  So I popped inside and got myself a Long Black (which is basically just an Americano) with a bit of cold milk on the side to pour into it to see if I needed to lessen the blow…you see I was preparing myself for a blast of dark black life sucking brew.

To my surprise I really didn’t need the milk but also the brew wasn’t too bad either…it was like a little Mary Poppins of coffee – practically perfect in every way!  photo 1

This is now my first stop every morning on my way to walk to the theater.  I get a nice serving of eggs on toast and a much anticipated coffee.  I’ve tried looking for the name of this place everywhere but I don’t see a sign.  It is on the corner of Williams street – you should check it out should you get the chance!

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5outof5

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Disney Coffee

15 December 2013 in Hotel Coffee, USA

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After being on tour for 10 weeks throughout Europe I suppose it is needless to say that I’m VERY happy to be home and back in the good ol’ USA.  After a few days at home in Las Vegas we headed down to our favorite vacation place: DISNEY WORLD in Orlando, Florida.  As always we make it a point to stay on property.  This trip we stayed at the Dolphin of the Swan and Dolphin hotels on Epcot property in the Walt Disney World Resort.  One of the things I’ve always loved about staying at Disney is the ability to head to the lobby to the little market inside of their hotels to get a nice cup of coffee in the morning.  I was very surprised and saddened to realize both that the “coffee bar” inside the Dolphin was less than desirable and that the coffee they served was even worse.

The coffee basically tasted like hot coffee flavored water.  I usually like to just add a slight drop of milk or cream into my coffee – here I didn’t even need to do this much because it was so horribly made and made with such a weak blend I literally almost wept.  The place that makes me the happiest to experience almost made me come to tears in disappointment.  To make matters worse the coffee inside their parks have made a lateral “upgrade” to serving Starbucks coffee.  Which isn’t really an upgrade to what they were serving before.  They went from weak brewed and under flavored to over roasted and burnt and now also OVERPRICED by having Starbucks on their property.

Boo Hiss.

I give them 1/5

1outof5

 

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Americano coffee in Serbia

27 November 2013 in Coffee In Europe, Hotel Coffee

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I will have to say this…it is a very unlikely surprise to find a nice cup of coffee in — of all places — Novi Sad, Serbia!

This morning I actually woke up early enough to make it to breakfast at our hotel here in Novi Sad.  I took in a deep breath and asked for a cup of coffee – FILTER coffee (that’s what they also call “American” coffee – not to be confused with an “Americano”)  Anyway…I was amazed and delighted to actually get a decent cup of coffee!  Not too strong, but also not too light.  This is a great morning coffee.  A nice medium blend, tasted fresh and not too acidic.  I added just a splash of milk to my first cup – but by my second cup no milk or sugar was needed.  Just like the story of Goldielocks and the Three Bears this cup was JUST RIGHT.

I ordered up a full pot and have now brought it back to the hotel room where I’ve continued working on some things and doing so with the aid of my magic elixir.

4outof5

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