Tartt – coffee shop in Forster, NSW

Description

Forster is one of those rare seaside towns where you not only have surf, sand, swimming, but also a quality coffee shop called Tartt, where they roast their own coffee & bake on-site.

The review of this coffee shop in Forster, NSW is designed to fit in with our current tour of New South Wales outdoor swimming pools and this coffee shop was great for a post swim coffee after a dip in Forster Ocean Baths in NSW. There’s no book planned for now but a new website http://oceanpoolsnsw.net.au. So for now take a look at our earlier books…

Crossing Paths, Crossing Borders

This 2016 publication recounts our journey from Yorkshire to Australia via 25 countries. It includes an annex with our 100 top tips for coffee or tea on the road, including this venue.

Read the full description of this book on the books page and if you like what you see you can buy it from there too..

 

 

 

 

Menu

Best coffee in Forster by a long way. Tartt tick so many of my boxes, by roasting their own coffee – and it made for a deliciously-smooth flat white – and baking the cakes on-site. As well as that, they’re a friendly bunch working here and pretty well on top of things both on a quiet midweek morning (my first visit) and on a busy holiday weekend.

Lots of seating options, inside, on the terrace at the front, or perched on a stool watching the people of Forster go by.

Address

12 Wharf Street, Forster, NSW 2428, Australia

Contact details

Tel: +61 2 6555 6690

Web address

http://www.thetarttcafe.com/

tartt on Facebook (occasional updates) @ilovetartt

Opening Hours

7.00am – 4.00pm Monday – Thursday + Sunday

7.00am – 9.00pm Friday – Saturday

Getting there

Forster is a couple of hours’ drive north of Newcastle, NSW. There are buses from Newcastle to Taree which stop in Forster, and once you’re in town, the coffee shop is at the end of the main shopping street, nearest to the bridge over the river into Tuncurry.

Google maps

Posted in Australia, Coffee Shop Review, Hunter Valley & North Coast, NSW | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shaw St Espresso – coffee shop in Bexley North, NSW

Description

A quality coffee shop in Bexley North, which is maybe not a part of Sydney you’d expect a find like this. Great for a post swim coffee after going to the new Bexley Aquatic Centre.

The review of this coffee shop in Bexley North, NSW is designed to fit in with our current tour of New South Wales outdoor swimming pools and this coffee shop was great for a post swim coffee after a dip in Bexley Aquatic Centre in NSW. There’s no book planned for now but a new website http://oceanpoolsnsw.net.au. So for now take a look at our earlier books…

Crossing Paths, Crossing Borders

This 2016 publication recounts our journey from Yorkshire to Australia via 25 countries. It includes an annex with our 100 top tips for coffee or tea on the road, including this venue.

Read the full description of this book on the books page and if you like what you see you can buy it from there too..

 

 Menu

As I turned into Shaw Street in Bexley North, I wasn’t too sure of what I was going to find in terms of quality coffee. But what a gem this is and surely the best coffee in Bexley North and for a bit of distance beyond.

They serve up the excellent Reformatory Caffeine Lab on their espresso machine. Roasted in Surry Hills in the centre of Sydney, this coffee makes for a delightfully smooth brew. There’s a real buzz to this coffee shop and clearly the locals all come here for their caffeine intake, but I was happy to perch on a couple of stools out the front and watch the world go by. Nice spot.

Address

15 Shaw Street, Bexley North, NSW 2207, Australia

Contact details

Tel: +61 2 8084 6571

Web address

Shaw St Espresso on Facebook (occasional updates) @ShawStEspresso

Opening Hours

6.00am – 2.30pm Monday – Friday

7.00am – 2.00pm Saturday

Closed Sundays

Getting there

The coffee shop is just a stone’s throw from Bexley North train station and a slightly larger stone (or longer throw to the M5 motorway heading south west out of Sydney). More importantly for me, it is also less than a mile on foot from Bexley Aquatic Centre.

Google maps

Posted in Australia, Coffee Shop Review, NSW, Sydney - South | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Esther C – coffee shop in Merewether, NSW

Description

Surely the best coffee in Merewether. The guys at Esther C are friendly, knowledgeable, local and best of all serve up superb coffee.

The review of this coffee shop in Merewether, NSW is designed to fit in with our current tour of New South Wales outdoor swimming pools and this coffee shop was great for a post swim coffee after a dip in the ocean baths in Merewether near Newcastle, NSW. There’s no book planned for now but a new website http://oceanpoolsnsw.net.au. So for now take a look at our earlier books…

Crossing Paths, Crossing Borders

This 2016 publication recounts our journey from Yorkshire to Australia via 25 countries. It includes an annex with our 100 top tips for coffee or tea on the road, including this venue.

Read the full description of this book on the books page and if you like what you see you can buy it from there too..

 

 Menu

There were three different roaster’s coffee on offer the day we dropped by Esther C, with Reuben Hills in their espresso machine, some from Seven Seeds in Melbourne and a local roaster called Unison, though this was only available in filter coffee. I would always choose the local roaster if given the choice, but the Reuben Hills blend for their flat whites was actually so good we stayed for a second cup. Really friendly vibe here too.

I loved the neighbourly feel to this coffee shop, with kids getting their induction into the coffee scene with babycinnos, and a nice combination of people sitting out on the benches in front of the coffee shop and others inside by the bar. Nice cakes to nibble on, too, and not too much of the feeling Saturday morning meant slap-up breakfast Aussie-style. These guys were just happy to have people in who appreciated the quality of their coffee.

Address

140 Glebe Road, Merewether, NSW 2291, Australia

Contact details

Tel: +61 2 4048 0975

Web address

Esther C on Facebook (regular updates) @EstherCMerewether 

Opening Hours

7.00am – 2.00pm Daily

Getting there

It’s a bit over a mile from the Ocean Baths at Merewether to Esther C and that’s a bit further than I usually go for my post swim coffee, but sometimes it’s worth going the extra mile for good coffee. There are local buses going past the coffee shop regularly but we didn’t check the timetables this time.

Google maps

Posted in Australia, Coffee Shop Review, Hunter Valley & North Coast, NSW | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment