Newcastle Coffee Snobs

RARA REVIEWS: Espresso Martini by Kian West

At this time of year there is not much motivation to party, unless you’re in Europe – and if you are, I don’t want to hear about it, there’s too much FOMO. For most of us it’s dark and dreary by the time we step out of work and any inclination to head back out is gone when Netflix asks, ‘Are you still watching?’ Fuck that, there’s still fun to be had, and my solution has been a post-work espresso martini. Newcastle loves coffee, Newcastle loves a drink – is it even worth asking what our favourite cocktail is? Thankfully, essentially every bar caters to our needs. Here’s where you can find the best.

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Newcastle Coffee Snobs vs. The Box Espresso Bar by Michelle Kot

There’s a place at the end of a cul-de-sac, beyond the road skiddies that the big boys left in their cars, that is a coffee mirage in a concrete jungle. Just off the highway at Gateshead, The Box Espresso Bar still shows all the classic signs of a gym junkie’s post-workout hang, but it’s so much more than that now thanks to friendly barista owners David and Luke. The place smells awesome with My 3 Sons candles and has a lot of heart.

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Newcastle Coffee snobs vs. Louie & Jack’s by Michelle Kot

Dads are pretty great. Mine passed on his love of coffee to me, and for co-owners Zach and Debbie, theirs each inspired the name for their fresh little café Louie & Jack’s inside the Junction Fair Shopping Centre. It’s a very bright, happy place, with mint green and pastel pink hues guarded by a touch of raw wood panelling that gives you enough privacy and seclusion to forget you’re inside a shopping centre.

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Top Spots for Easter Weekend Events by Kian West

Easter remains one of the last few times the Australian calendar has a majority of places forced closure and thus a time when most people have an opportunity to catch-up, recharge, connect with themselves and one another. 
So we had a quick poll in the office for suggested places to take the festivities to. 

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Door 34 Vs. Newcastle Coffee Snobs by Newcastle Discovered

Back in the day you went to Cardiff to get your licence (fourth time lucky), catch a train, or maybe visit the library. Now, thanks to a period of gentrification and big players like Woolies and Aldi moving into the ‘burb, it’s bustling with people who enjoy being away from the hustle and bustle of Newcastle.

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Newcastle Coffee Snobs vs. Pickled & Pressed by Newcastle Discovered

Pickled and Pressed at The Junction is four months old and rockin’ a little nook on Glebe Road that so many other cafés have rocked before (next to the shops and opposite the big palm trees). But unlike the others, P&P seem to know what this neighbourhood is about: all things fresh, healthy, upcycled, organic and renewable, big out-of-control plants and hipster chic.

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Newcastle Coffee Snobs Vs. Gamble & Brown by Newcastle Discovered

Sometimes you’ve got to make good to your contractual life obligations and do some DIY supplies shopping or Christmas shopping, or replace that washing machine that blew up the other day. And it’s for those reasons we stepped outside the traditional café square and headed to Gamble & Brown in the Kotara Home Centre, just opposite the mecca that is Westfield.

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