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Published April 8th 2014
Update July 23rd 2016
This business has moved and can now be found on Latrobe Terrace in Paddington where the Black Cat Bookstore used to be.
Like mother, like daughter, like yum
What happens when a mother and daughter share a passion for great coffee, home baking and good old fashioned service? The answer is: Chocolate Orange Espresso. This very friendly cafe opened its doors last year and since then has become a favourite with many of the locals.
Anastasia and Naomi are the mother/daughter combination that makes this place special. One very wet and rainy day last year I arrived at their cafe with a small bus load of elderly clients. No sooner had we pulled up at the front of their cafe than both women appeared at the door of the bus with umbrellas. They thoughtfully helped everyone off the bus, keeping them all nice and dry. There aren't too many places where you get that kind of service! Needless to say, we all had a lovely morning tea and everyone left saying they would definitely like to return for lunch one day - and we did!
The coffee here is barista poured and terrific. Likewise the food scores top marks too with 80% of the food available being baked on the premises. The muffins and tarts are baked daily and these are truly delicious. Anastasia makes all the muffins herself, folding the mix slowly and then allowing it to rest for 24 hours before baking. You can taste the love! Their best selling muffin is the Mars Bar chocolate muffin (to die for) but equally scrumptious is a coconut lemon version. My friend ordered a raspberry apple variety and declared it was better than those she had sampled at the Hummingbird Bakery in London - quite a compliment! The menu is produce driven at Chocolate Orange and the girls use only the freshest ingredients. No margarine is used, it's REAL butter all the way. Breakfasts and lunches are a treat too but you can check out the web site and see for yourself just how tempting all the food is.
If you think you'll be a regular at Chocolate Orange you might be interested in the Ambassador Card, details are on the website. For your convenience, you can phone ahead with your order which means you can then just pop in, pay and be on your way without any long queues to hold you up. Seating choices include dining indoors where the cafe is furnished with an eclectic mix of decor, or at one of the outdoor settings, under a large umbrella. If you are after a little bit of solitude with your coffee, there are small tables inside and even a game of ....... solitaire, of course.
Just some of the temptations awaiting you at Chocolate Orange Espresso