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PLACES WE LOVE: DARK HORSE ESPRESSO by Kian West

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DARKHORSE1Just off the main drive in Wickham lives a delightful little coffee destination serving the locals and travelers alike. It feels a bit like a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle but close enough you could run back to if required. Place: Dark Horse Espresso Address: 20 - 24 Greenway Street, Newcastle, New South Wales 2293 Hours:

Mon-Fri:
07:00-14:00
Sat:
08:00-12:30

DARKHORSE2Why We Love it: Early adopters to Mirage + Delicious Coffee = pure love.

It is true, Dark Horse were one of the first stockists of our little magazine, supporting us from the very get-go and we have always been pumped to stop by at the beginning of the month for some glorious coffee and a delivery of warm Mirage. It is a great location to catch up with people or stop by quickly for a take away.

Newcastle Coffee Snobs...December by Kian West

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011aa052ddd865c794c7ce6d32788f6ec4ff1e68e2If you take a slight detour off the west end of Hunter Street, just down by the technicolour stairs over the train tracks you'll find Bank Corner Espresso & Bar. It's got a funky Gatsby vibe and it was hard to tell if this particular morning was very busy or it was just that we had come to snob when two new staff is learning the ropes. A fellow snob who is a regular tells me it’s a bit of both. Along with the 1920s feel everything from the menu to staff accents is authentic European.

But the coffee…tre bien! Umami Coffee Roasters via Erskinville is on the machine; my latte had good temperature and very subtle in strength and flavours. Something outside the usual espresso bar sphere is flavoured coffee: Bank Corner has on its menu coconut affogatto; salted caramel coffee and stone cold dirty hippy.

One thing that is also notable is the crowd of regulars most of whom were getting takeaways on their way to somewhere else but this is a place you go out of your way for it and the people were.

 

 

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On this particular Saturday morning they were young eclectic and there was even a pooch darting in and out; there was always something to look at. Curiosity got the better of me and I tried the Stone Cold Dirty Hippy (iced chai latte with honey, double shot espresso on soy). The honey was a great addition; the drink quite a generous serving and yes...it was stone cold which was great as it was a hot day. This was a drink best enjoyed on its own with so much flavour.

Food wise; croissants and indulgent French cheeses populated the themed menu with no food item going without a hit of flavour and maybe a touch of heat.

 

Out the back through a narrow original architecture walkway it opens up to a bustling pocket of air terrace with groups of young people laughing chatting eating drinking. A massive coffee pot overlooks this secret oasis and standing there you feel for a moment that you're somewhere else; Hunter Street is nowhere to be seen and the vibe is good.

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Our final snobbing (where we gather at a Newcastle café to taste and review their coffee) for the year is Saturday 6th December at The Hood Milk Bar; The Junction. Look at our Facebook page for the event and details facebook.com/newcastlecoffeesnobs or Instagram.

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Good Brother - Coffee (by Meg Francis) by Kian West

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My relationship with coffee began as a teenager and like all first relationships it was sickly sweet and far too co-dependent. At first it kept me awake at night but slowly our romance blossomed into a constant and stable affair that never tore me down and was the first thing I wanted to see in the morning...

Article by Meg Francis

...I would describe myself as the average Josephine coffee lover whose preference for soy cappuccinos has led me to begin my quest throughout Newcastle for the best coffee haunts and houses and share my knowledge. This month’s obsession is Good Brother Espresso, snuggled in the only red building on King Street across from the Red Cross Blood Bank, it is the kind of place that you can spend waste a day (in the best possible way). Opened in 2011, the second baby of Chris Johnston and Stephanie Whitehead, Good Brother is the sister of bohemian Suspension (found at the end of Beaumont Street) and a diamond in the rough of the Newcastle CBD. The exposed red brick and aging furniture create vintage vibe and sometimes I like to pretend I’m in Brooklyn/Newtown (I’ve been trying to refrain from using the H word…Okay, it’s a bit hipster). The collection of pallet beach chairs are scattered across the footpath out front perfect for sitting back and letting the sun warm your skin before the amazing coffee warms your soul. Good Brother is all about the homey food, friendly staff and consistently delicious and balanced coffee. Johnston and Whitehead roast and produce their own special blend that is rich, strong and very flavoursome which when made by experienced and knowledgeable hands take your tastebuds to heaven. The menu is simple and fresh with avocado on sourdough, toasties, cakes and pastries that match perfectly with any coffee or tea (the specials are equally mouth watering so BYO bucket).  Boasting is also an absolutely killer special   With it’s own homemade roasted blend (the same as Suspension, obviously), Good Brother is a frontrunner in my quest for the perfect cappuccino. Greeted like an old friend on every visit, it’s Good Brothers’ team of staff that push this espresso house from being good to amazing. Every member of staff is friendly, knowledgeable and chatty  (May I also say they are all very good looking too) which only heightens the experience. So it is unsurprising that no matter what time or day you wander in it hosts a mix and match of students, tourists, working folk and cool Novocastrians. Good Brother’s atmosphere and interior design create an intimate and cosy setting (the perfect venue for a first date…) which when combined with the food and beverage menu will not only satisfy your tastebuds but fulfil your coffee lust. Good Brother is a Newcastle’s best-kept secret and a absolute must in any coffee pilgrimage…The only real flaw is that you might end up not wanting to ever leave.