Europeans are passionate about their food and coffee. In Australia I think we can proudly declare we have become like minded. We have a great variety of good restaurants, cafes, bars and coffee, so the competition is fierce!
Good coffee can only be produced from the best beans, it has to be just the right temperature, drinkable immediately and served with a golden silken crema on top giving off the perfect aroma and flavour. Coffee making has become a skill and a form of art appreciated by many. The fact that most of us buy at the very least one coffee a day, means that coffee has a lot of competition. No one wants to spend $3.50-$5 a day on a coffee that tastes more like overheated milk. I'm a one coffee a day girl and nothing irks me more than to get a bad coffee. I don't care how much I pay for the coffee, if it has no taste, overheated and lacking in crema, I'm not smiling. I would likely spread the word to friends how bad it was especially if I gave the cafe a second chance and again it came up poor. Yes, there are more important third world issues today but for the purpose of this review its about coffee!
I was walking around lovely Avalon the other day and wandered down Chelsea Lane and found The Sneaky Grind. The name suits as it sure is a sneaky surprise, with so many cafes already in Avalon, finding one in a laneway made me think at first how would they survive. Well, this small coffee shop has made their mark here since opening in 2013 by serving what many locals consider the best coffee in the area using Charlie Coffee beans.
Whether you're having an espresso or a pour over, the baristas at The Sneaky Grind know their art. Coffee making isn't the only art on offer, at the rear of The Sneaky Grind is The Art Depot - Chelsea Lane Gallery showcasing four artist's work each month and offering framing and art supplies.