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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : December 3rd 2008
34 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, December 4, 2008 MB A good nose for the right aroma ROBYN AINSWORTH No sugar needed with a good coffee. Picture: PHIL BLATCH COFFEE ANDREAS, a tour guide, made it his mission to find the world's best coffee. I met him on a trip to Mexico and Guatemala some years back. During that trip, all he learnt was that the coffee there was terrible. Really terrible. As it happens, all of the good stuff is exported around the world, for a pittance to the farmers, and those two poor nations live off the skerricks -- literally the dusty residue. Andreas also had a passion for planes -- up close -- so much so that he always asked for an airport view at city hotels. As an occasional visitor to Sydney, he would spend all of his time here on the Northern Beaches. As much as I tried, he couldn't be convinced that he could have the best of both worlds in the Inner West -- the best coffee, and a very close view of planes flying overhead. Coffee, caffe, cafe´ , kopi -- call it what you will. There's no better place for it like home. Ah, the aroma of coffee. It permeates the eat streets of the Inner West, which is why narrowing down the six of the best has been so difficult. In Five Dock, where our office is, there are so many good cafes that it is little wonder they put Gloria Jeans out of business. Qui Ristorante is a favourite for coffee, particularly to wash down the delicious sourdough toast with jam and ricotta. Just around the corner at La Deliziosa, Christian asks meifIwant sugar with my flat white. ''No, not if the coffee is good''. I only ever need sugar in a coffee that has been burnt, which this isn't, or occasionally in a short black. To his credit and my dismay, Christian doesn't turn up his nose when I order a takeaway for my colleague Fiona -- ''a really, really weak latte'', which is really a cup of hot milk with colouring. (That's why she's not writing the coffee piece). La Deliziosa also offers a VIP card. Photographer Phil swears by Tamborrino, also in Five Dock, but only because he reckons the cakes are better. I agree the coffee there is pretty good too, and they do have a great selection of biscotti. And former colleague Stacy, when visiting the office, will take a detour to sup at Expresso Galleria in Haberfield, which is some recommendation. We all agree that The Strand Cafe´in Croydon is quality -- and does terrific breakfasts. Envy Cafe Gallery at Summer Hill is eternally popular, particularly with its courtyard setting. The banana bread is especially good too. Picking the best of the rest NARROWING the best coffees in the Inner West down to just six has been especially difficult. I know the coffee and food at Cafe Birkenhead are up to par, so is the water view. But I have to admit that like Andreas, I haven't done a world tour of cafes in the Inner West. Some other eateries that must be mentioned include the 2008 True Local Business Award-winning, Pier 26 at Summer Hill, and Rosabelle's at Drummoyne. Majors Bay Rd at Concord has its fair share of outstanding cafes. It's just that I have yet to try them all to determine the best. -- ROBYN AINSWORTH the family club 4 William St, FIVE DOCK Ph: (02) 9713 4322 www.canadabayclub.com.au 4 FUNCTION ROOMS LIVE ENTERTAINMENT THURSDAY DIRECTORS RAFFLE SUNDAY SUPER RAFFLE INTERNAL CLUBS 2 RESTAURANTS KIDS CLUB KIDS DISCO 2003877K WK23
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