When I tell people I love coffee, I do not do so lightly. The neverending search for that next caffeine hit, a new flavour, and a cup of freshly brewed coffee takes me to a wide range of different places — most of them good, some of them perhaps not so much. Which is why, when I came across the newly opened Quince Cafe in Burwood, I was eager for the long weekend to come, so I could go check it out.
The cafe is inside Burwood Westfield, just outside Coles on the Ground Floor, also known as the Fresh Food Precinct. It is situated behind Michel's Patisserie, and by the escalators where Pie Face used to be, so it has a constant source of customers from all directions. The cafe itself is laid out in a sort of L-shape, with the kitchen diagonally behind the main bar, meaning staff would have to cut across the seating area on either side to get there. It's not the most efficient layout, but since they have designated floor staff, and a POS system that automatically sends tickets to the kitchen, it seems to work well enough.
I was a little short on time, so I didn't get to sit down at eat, but I was able to order a long black to take away. They have a small, but very delicious-looking menu, that includes various salads, yoghurts, burgers, and pastries — typical cafe-style food; and also breakfast and lunch meals. I'd probably go back earlier, on a quieter day, to try the food.
The coffees are priced very reasonably, and are available as dine-in or takeaway.
But let's talk about what I came here for: the coffee.
My order changes depending on the roast, but my first order at a new place is always a long black, as it gives me a better idea of the flavour. Quince serves Campos Coffee, who are long-established roasters with a reputation for premium coffee. True to expectations, the coffee I received was fragrant, with an earthy, fruity flavour. It is one of those blends that I typically have as a soy latte, as it is a dark roast with a strong body, so I would recommend ordering a milk-based beverage, rather than black.
I always make a point to purchase at least one wholebean coffee on sale at a cafe, because brewing a coffee as an espresso is a different experience to brewing it at home in a French Press. Quince sells the Campos Dark City and Superior blends at $15.50 for 250 grams, or $55 for one kilogram. The Superior is Campos' flagship blend, which won Gold in the Plunger Category, and Silver in the Espresso Category at the 2013 Royal Tasmanian Agricultural Show.
The Dark City blend is a blend of Mexican, Indian, and Sumatran coffee, roasted darker than Campos' regular espresso roast.
The owners of Quince Cafe also run two other cafes: one in Newtown, and another in Bondi Junction. The Bondi location also serves Campos Coffee, but the Newtown cafe sells Toby's Estate; both are quality roasters, so are probably worth checking out at a later date.
They don't currently have a Facebook page, or a website, but you can check them out on the Burwood Wesfield website. So when you're next in Burwood and looking for some great coffee, be sure to give Quince Cafe a go.