Cup – 8.2
Russel Street, West End
Breakfast: til 2pm
When you need an addictive Bolivian substance that picks you up, gives you energy, and makes you somewhat jittery, where do you go? West End is probably a good start, but while some of you may be thinking of finding a shady character in a dark back alley, I would suggest you head to specialty roaster Cup Coffee, to try one of their weekly blends.
While TCB did not enquire as to what other product they had received from South America, we did get involved in two Bolivian Bolinda double flats, and took a seat in the sunny front area of the warehouse/cafe. The soft aroma of roasting coffee drifts through the entire establishment as we enjoy the smooth, strong taste of an almost perfectly brewed coffee.
The menu at Cup is somewhat limited, but includes some basics such as a mushroom burger, muesli, and avocado on toast. Today, TCB opt for the most substantial option, the breakfast burger, which includes two fried eggs, prosciutto, spinach, herb mayo and spicy relish.
In quick time the burgers arrive. As true men of rugged machismo, TCB do not even give consideration to using cutlery, and dive straight in, the soft yolk spilling all over the place, dribbling down hands and smearing over faces. The prosciutto has a sharp bite, and the whole burger is set off by the spicy relish. It is a very good breakfast burger.
The limited menu of Cup does not really hold it back at all, as they are not billing themselves as a cafe super power. Rather, there is definitely a vibe of “come for our brilliant coffee, but I suppose we may have to feed you.” Visiting Cup on a Wednesday morning is relaxed, uncrowded, with the service offering a very personal feel. On the weekends, however, the reputation of Cup’s hearty brews draws crowds from far and wide, with counter queues filing out the door into the street.
So if you are in the market for excellent coffee, and reasonably priced auxiliaries, Cup is definitely the place for you. If you are in the market for the other Bolivian speciality alluded to early, then you’re probably fresh out of luck.
Coffee: 9.5 Menu: 7.0 Food: 8.0 Service: 8.0 Ambience: 8.5
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