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Half Penny Speciality Coffee

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Published August 26th 2012
Half Penny Speciality Coffee is Priceless
The element heater gives off the right amount of heat to warm the area. There I was, tucked away in a little brick fortress of 'coffee-tude' (instead of solitude), while the winds razored through everyone's layers outside on the street. This feels good for me.

Where was I? Sydney Road. "Wait..." I hear you ask, "Speciality coffee on Sydney Road?" You bet.

If you have the right kind of person with the right kind of passion in a specialty coffee cafe then there is next to no room for the nectar to taste bad. Steve Calipari and Andrew Ridley are the heads behind Half Penny and they have a coffee adventure history that reads like a Marvel or DC prologue to a super hero, okay that might be an exaggeration, but there are no jokes when it comes to their experience and passion.

Their house blend is roasted by Gridlock Coffee and tweaked to perfection for Half Penny, they also have guest roasts from Proud Mary too.

Espresso. House blend - Gridlock Coffee
Well this little dollop of awesome was a great contrast to the dull weather outside. It was well-balanced and smooth. Not too tart but had enough fire to warm me up. It had a light oily mouth feel that rounded it off nicely.

Espresso. Honey Suckle - Proud Mary
Then she walked in the door and she fit right in, like she had been there all along. The Honey Suckle, my goodness. Sweet berries, springs of citrus and maybe even...a small dip of honey. A curvy body in all the right places.

Tiger Toast
Simple and and timeless. You can't go past Vegemite on toast, unless you are one of those people who just doesn't like Vegemite.

It is possible that they are in the midst of changing the food around, trialling things and what not. Keep an eye out for some delectable sweets and pastries too!

This goes without saying, but, you have to come here.
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Why? The only speciality coffee on Sydney Road
Phone: 61393808667
Where: 422 Sydney Road, Brunswick
Cost: $3.50 - $7.00
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