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Ben Rosenthal is a freelance writer and coffee fanatic. His hobbies include coffee, comics and writing about himself in the third person. You can read more of his words at
Published August 29th 2015
Awesome coffee to fuel a retro game hunt
Once again an exceptionally good cafe has sprung up where one would not expect. Not in a trendy suburb. Not in the CBD. Not even down a little alley down a certain side street down a flight of stairs and behind a magic wall. But in a Westfield Shopping centre.

A trip down to Marion shopping centre and on the hunt for retro computer games (because one geeky obsession is never enough) I felt the familiar pangs in my head indicating it was time for caffeine. Dreading the knowledge that i would have to purchase a brew from one of the franchise stores within the centre I decided to ask the girl behind the counter where her pick for good coffee would be.

"You haven't heard of ERGO before?" was her reply. I retorted with a (what I thought) was a witty remark about Latin, but I don't think she shared the same love for obscure jokes as I. "It's just down stairs near the entrance. Really nice coffee there - Goat something".

To my knowledge there is only one goat related roaster in SA - Goat Candy. A coffee roaster I have run in to a couple of times before. Making my purchase I hurried down the escalator, finding ERGO without too much hassle.

An open planned cafe is what greeted me, with a predominant wood motive throughout. A range of delicious looking food and snacks stood out from the fridge, but my attention was drawn to the La Marzocco Linea PB proudly displayed on the middle of the bench. If a cafe owner invests the kind of money needed to purchase a machine of this calibre, it tells me their dedication to coffee must be high.

Grabbing my usual espresso and piccolo I am happy to report that my theory was supported. Using a slightly darker roast than I have tasted from Goat Candy this one has a slight caramel sweetness with a pleasant after taste of milk chocolate.

The owner Andy was a very friendly and chatty young man, eager to have a word with his customers at any opportunity. What is more, the girls who were working for him obviously respect him and the cafe as they were all very happy and polite, following the excellent example set by their boss.

My only regret that I was not able to sample some of their delicious cakes, nor did I think to purchase one of their juices - which are made right next to the coffee station. On my next visit to Marion I will make sure I have the time to spend in this charming little cafe. I just have to make sure I visit ERGO before I go hunting for those retro games - it can be an expensive hobby**.

**(if you have any old home consoles and games, please don't hesitate to drop me a line)

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