We're five years young this month and we've seen some faces come and go, both cafe owners and snobs – but the heart and soul of coffee in Newcastle has remained beating strong all along. This month we visited a site on a very hallowed coffee corner of boho Newcastle: Beaumont and Tudor streets, where three of the four corners will serve you very different beverages.
Mockingbird Cafe is a dream of bright open space and loads of relaxed weekenders side-shuffling to get a table for their posse.
The staff are seasoned in the industry and take it in their stride.
When we visit, it's another busy Saturday morning and there's birthday gatherings (at least one other than us), mums, bubs and twenty-somethings, with the customary incredibly cute doggo duo outside.
Take your time to take in the menu – both food and drink have a variety of selections, all with a bit of nostalgia and whimsy. Being our birthday and still prone to FOMO, I ordered the outstanding red velvet pancakes with blueberries and a generous nest of Persian pink fairy floss atop. Mockingbird raised a red sugar-delicious flag and I charged right toward it with no regrets.
Although they aren’t championing one of our local roasting heroes as their coffee provider, the Kiwis behind Allpress Espresso want you to kick back and be in your coffee moment, and that's pretty Newcastle. The nitro coffee looked ominous like a storm cloud, but the tastes smacked of toffee and caramel and are good for something other than your ordinary. The piccolo holds strong character while a latte will simmer you down like a reassuring hand on the back.
You'll enjoy the open-air feel of Mockingbird, miles from any construction dust yet close enough to all the retro op shop glam your weekend can handle. Mimic our satiated moans by visiting Mockingbird yourself, be patient when waiting to be seated and put the next Snobbing adventure on your calendar; details on our Facebook and Instagram – search Newcastle Coffee Snobs.