Hi guys - well, went to Tas, and have to confirm the general opinion - there's not a lot of good things that I could find happening in the coffee scene. Will start a bit of a blog of posts, as I go through the notes I took on my trip.
First Hobart, and I have to say, it didn't come across as a particularly 'buzzy' city. The locals walk around with a look that seems to show that they're aware they're not living in a centre-of-the-universe - type city; at least they're honest, I guess.
Oomph 60 Liverpool St
This seemed to be one of the few places with a bit of buzz in the whole city. Ordered a flat white: came in a large cup; rich, thick good body with chocolatey undertones & creamy textured milk. The shop was a bit bare, but these guys seem to know what they're doing, and even more interesting, they're about to open a new espresso concept with several high-end machines and around 25-30 single origins - pity it hadn't opened while I was there!
Retro 33 Salamanca Place
Lodged on the corner between the Wilderness Society and Salamanca Gallery, Retro lives up to its name, with a jumbled interior with a slightly ramshackle, bohemian feel. The coffee came with an attempt at a rosetta, but with the milk so foamy that it was barely visible. The [Vittoria] coffee was weak, with a distinctly 'woody' flavour. They had some amazing Carrot cake [$7.50] whichwas moist, delicious and most of all huge - reminded me of the sort of cafes I used to frequent in my student days!