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Tag: coffee

Canberra’s Coffee Culture Goes Global

by The Editor

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It’s no secret that Australians love their coffee. So embedded are we that sometimes we forget just how differently we treat the roasted brew compared to other English-speaking countries. This was highlighted recently on the BBC and, in particular, in regard to what’s happening here in Canberra.

But more about that in a moment…

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Edgar’s Inn – Canberra’s Best Breakfast?

by The Editor

Nothing sets the tone for a sparkling weekend than a satisfying breakfast.  Now that the sun has reappeared a lazy morning with papers and friends is becoming more and more attractive.  So, if you’re one for the organic and healthy, or perhaps nursing the after-effects of an indulgent ‘night before’, would you ever think to go and have breakfast at a pub?  Well, we certainly hadn’t.

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Stop, Coffee Press: There’s a new café in Barton.

by TheEA

Barton workers, cancel your in-house coffee orders, and get your walking shoes on!  On May 31, we said:

The royal family of Canberra coffee is expecting another child. Confirmed by Harvest staff on 30 May, when 2-4 National Circuit Barton is finalised this year, the corporati will be queuing for contractor coffs a la Harvest/Tonic/Group 7/Kingston Grind. The building is earmarked for the Attorney-General’s Department, but we’re guessing the beans will bring ‘em in from outside the portfolio. Stay tuned: Barrister Barista will premiere with the first review in a couple of weeks’ time.

Things have changed…

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On the honey: life’s sweet at ONA Manuka

by TheEA

North side or South side?  Daily, Canberrans wrestle with some difficult choices.  The lake-shaped mental block shapes where one lives, eats,  shops and drinks coffee.  Luckily, The Canberran is not partisan, and Barrister Barista accepts all briefs.  This week, we followed the bean train back South, disembarking in the first home of Canberra’s ONA Coffee, on the Lawns in Manuka.

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Playground – Opening Night

by The Editor

Well, the tease continued until around 7.00pm. Keen to see if it was time to play, The Canberran passed by the impending venue in the hope the doors were open. This image shows Playground at 6.30pm as last minute adjustments were made inside.

Half an hour later, things were looking very different.

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Sneak Peek: Playground (It’s a Bar!)

by The Editor

Like chalk on a blackboard at school

Walking through Garema Place over the last few months it has become increasingly evident a new venue is on the way. Firstly there were the wooden hoardings, somewhere between Honkytonks and Academy in a part of town increasingly Melbourne-esque. Then the spray paint arrived, announcing that ‘playtime’ coming soon, a Facebook page and little else. Finally the façade was painted black and something like a logo appeared.

Playground, huh? What exactly do they mean?

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Found: Coffee Writer – Barrister Barista is on the Case

by The Editor

The Canberran enjoys the finer things in life ­– and coffee should be one of the finest. To keep Canberra’s coffee above the line, we have engaged our very own coffee counsel, Barrister Barista. Hooray!

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What’s Happening In Griffith? Gryphons Caffe Bar

by The Editor

As reported by The Canberra Times, brothers Dan and Drew Kenny (along with their third amigo Mark Whithear) are on the verge of replacing the recently closed All Bar Nun with a new venue in the leafy streets of Griffith. Those who’ve followed All Bar Nun for some time now will be intrigued to see what the boys have in store.

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Update: What’s Happening in East Row?

by The Editor

In late October we asked what was happening in the Saraton Bulding at the top of City Walk in the bus interchange. Fences had been erected, workers were feverishly nailing various objects together, and the site gave every indication a highly organised fit-out taking place. So, what the Hell was it?

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After Dark: Public in Manuka

by The Editor

 

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Four months after the following post we returned to investigate Public Bar’s revised menu and drinks list.  Best you read the update here.

 

A couple of months ago, signage appeared at the corner of Franklin Street and Flinders Way in the area of town we’ve all come to know as Manuka. The words writ high on the green hoardings was nothing short of brave:

DOUBLE BAY HAS THE GOLDEN SHEAF…. SOUTH YARRA HAS THE BOTANICAL….SOON CANBERRA WILL HAVE PUBLIC BAR.

As one who has spent a number of sunny weekends at both established, sprawling venues, this was a mighty statement on which to stake a new bar’s reputation. Given partners of Public include Soc Kochinos (Belluci’s, Suburban Dickson) and Pawl Cubbin (Zoo Advertising), there was evidence of the necessary resources to pull off such a claim.

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