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Published July 9th 2012
As I have mentioned in pervious articles (see Cafe Opera), the little bayside suburb of Chelsea is full of places to choose from to enjoy a nice meal or have a cuppa. The latter will be the focus of my article this time. I have had the pleasure of enjoying a number of coffees in Chelsea and some better than others. In this article I will be reviewing three cafes all expressing coffee in their own style.
I will begin with a popular cafe which has many locations across Melbourne and indeed Australia. The Coffee Club was a bit of a shock when it arrived in Chelsea. Situated in the Chelsea Beach Arcade and on the main Chelsea shopping strip it sticks out a bit like a sore thumb. However, their coffees do have a good flavour.
Their lattes are a bit on the large side compared to a cappuccino or flat white. I often ask for a vanilla latte at The Coffee Club and nine times out of ten it has a nice sweet flavour, lately however, I've had to ask them to stir it in if I ask for a takeaway one, otherwise the coffee tastes bitter and by the time you get to the end of the coffee you'll be asking where's the vanilla flavour.
The Coffee Club also offers all day breakfast, a lunch menu and a selection of sweets. They also offer other types of drinks such as iced coffee, iced chocolate, frappes, juices and soft drinks. Price wise it's pretty easy to spend $35-$60 including food making it a bit pricy but still a nice treat.
Next on my coffee stops to visit is Cafe Opera, I have previously reviewed this cafe but since its popularity has grown I have some negatives to add. The coffee here is always hot which is great because no one likes a cold coffee (unless its iced coffee).
A cappuccino comes with a very nice fluffy froth and the coffee flavour is nice and rich. Sadly, this cafe's popularity has grown so much that customers at times have 30-40minutes to wait for a coffee on a busy day. This is partly because there are no organisational skills by the staff and they need extra staff to cope with busy hours. This aside they are extremely welcoming and friendly people offering a range of fantastic homemade Greek lunches, sweets and all day breakfast. The prices of their meals and coffees are reasonable.
A couple of doors down there is an interesting little cafe called Apple and Mint. Do not be fooled by the name of this cafe, I have no idea what the apple and mint refers to but it is certainly not the food or drinks. The cafe is not hard to miss- it's a bright green but in a nice way. The food and drink theme of this cafe is Turkish, the food mostly focusing on shish kebabs and kebabs off the spit. But you don't have to eat here their coffee is just as exceptional.
Uniquely here you can get a Shisha or Hookah which is a type of waterpipe. These waterpipes come in different flavours but you need to check with the staff when they are available. Coffee at Apple and Mint is extremely smooth and full bodied and gets my 10/10 for taste. Again this cafe suffers from short staff however they are so friendly it is hard to get angry. Food here is also exceptional and you can also indulge is a nice cake to. There are of course other drinks available such as juices, milkshakes and soft drinks. They also offer a lovely alfresco outside area. The prices again are very reasonable and they are my new favourite coffee stop and indeed lunch stop in Chelsea.