Newcastle Coffee Snobs...December by Kian West


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.




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 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.





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 or Instagram.


intro...December by Kian West


It’s a Christmas Bonanza! As fierce Novocastrian supporters we urge all our fellow loyal citizens to support the locals this Christmas and on into 2015 whenever possible. Support the local makers, support the local retailers, and support the local brands because when you support them they can support the community and then we all win.


We have a special Christmas Party event happening December 13th at the Commons Café, If you are an avid writer of blogs or otherwise, check out the Blog Meet that is happening 3-5pm or come to The Commons Café from 5pm for a Murray’s Craft Beer tasting and some live music. Tickets are just $10 and cover the costs of room hire, CRAFTernoon activities and make sure that the event will be top notch!


Lastly, we are having a bit of a break for January, but in true Mirage style we are going to be releasing a special SUPER Limited Calendar for 2015 just for our subscribers. So if you are reading this and already saying to yourself “I want a 2015 Newcastle Mirage Calendar!” well then you better jump on the Internet and purchase a subscription! My personal recommendation is the 12 month version.

Thanks for all your support this year, have a wonderful holiday period!





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Newcastle Coffee Snobs...November by Kian West


'Newcastle Coffee Snobs' was born March 2013. The idea was brewing for many years; I was in love with the coffee experience, the booming Newcastle cafe and espresso bar scene and talking endlessly to other serious coffee drinkers about where the best brew was at. snobs logo with coffee

Our first official meet happened April that year and we've "snobbed" over 20 Newcastle cafes since all of which are documented on our facebook page  and Instagram.

We don't take ourselves too seriously, no experience is necessary although there's a deep acceptance amongst the group that it's okay to expect perfection and attention to detail.

We meet 11am every 4th Saturday and the occasional Sunday and membership is always open (even to non-coffee drinkers) because you can snob a hot chocolate just as well.

Meals are usually ordered and once the chewing and drinking has been explored we get a post-it and our serious snobbing hats on. A score out of 5 for your coffee and comments on food, atmosphere, service are recorded then shared with the group which can range in size from 5 to 15 snobs depending on how eager people are.

I like to publish online the honest praise, some recommendations to baristas for improvements but mostly reinforce the fantastic heart that Newcastle has beating, albeit fast, in our cafes.

In between events enthusiasts are encouraged to post their coffee finds, share articles and recommend our next targeted coffee house with the occasional visitor to the city asking for the best place to go while they're in town.Fortunate Son

In October, Fortunate Son played host to 7 long-serving snobs. We took on board that their main aim is to be a wine and whiskey bar but word on the breeze said their Pablo & Rusty's blend was worth the trip. A very adult and understated iced coffee with house made vanilla syrup won over the crowd. It had punch and class.

Cyclists seemed to be the regulars and the funky music had me feeling pretty bliss.

A few drinks that came out could've been warmer but the unique menu which included black pudding and delicious breakfast goods unseen on Beaumont street impressed.

Next up Bank Corner Espresso & Bar 8th November see the page for all the details.


Michelle Kot


ED NOTE: if you missed out on visiting Bank Corner with the Snobs, have no fear because they are hitting the Hood Milk Bar in the Junction December 6th so jump on their Facebook page for all the details!