For our final Snobbing event of 2016, we embarked on newly opened family business Hubro: nestled on the very far end of Darby Street, a stone's throw from Bar Beach, Empire Park and The Junction.
Brothers Tim and Duncan Hughes have created a beautiful bespoke coffee haunt with a big, polished timber light fixture and enticing wood tables, making Hubro an instant local favourite.
Hordes of surfers, families, cyclists and dogs come and go as though they're visiting the family kitchen; the boys and staff take all of this in their stride.
The cold brew is hero at Hubro and we loved its milky cold goodness, especially on a weird humid day. It also comes straight up on the rocks for those brave at heart or looking for more coffee punch to the palette. The humble piccolo also packed a big strong bite to begin, then smoothed out, lining the mouth with luxurious flavours and no nasty aftertaste in sight.
The smashed avo with organic honey and feta was a hit, as was the just-like-Mum-makes nutmeg cake. If that’s too old-school for you, the sparkling kombucha satisfies your new hipster needs – it’s the yin to your coffee yang.
If you'd like a bit of Hubro at home, you can purchase a big brown bottle of their famous cold brew and mix with something a bit more adult for a fabulous martini.
A huge thank you to everyone who came along to our monthly Snobbings throughout this year, and to Newcastle Mirage for their ongoing support. The Newcastle Coffee Snobs Cafe of the Year 2016 goes to Core Espresso, also on Darby Street; the full coffee experience there is second to none. Honourable mentions also go to Ground Up Espresso (Carrington) and Corner Lane (New Lambton).
Just get out there, Newcastle! There's so much local coffee talent to support. We’ll see you next year – details at facebook.com/newcastlecoffeesnobs