Counter café is the daily bread of the commuting folk who need an early pick-me-up espresso before facing the day. If you don't have time to line up for a seat at the infamous Auction Rooms, then head across the street to Counter, its friendly cousin.
Counter serves artisan quality coffee made by friendly non pretentious baristas. Yes, as the name suggests its counter service, so you can stand like a Roman at the bar and sip your espresso, meet your fellow citizens, read the paper or the array of funky magazines, and laugh at the line up across the road. Then order a latte chaser and try Counter's tasty baked treats like the zucchini and feta scones (i.e. warm with lots of butter) and the Ruben sandwich (i.e. sauerkraut, corned beef, cheese, dressing on toasted rye bread), and peanut butter cookies.
But if you don't have time to encounter Counter, buy some Schulz organic milk and a bag of coffee, head home and make it your way. Open 7 days a week, this little gem is cute and mighty, efficient and genuine. No burnt coffee here!