Wednesday, 5 May 2010
In the CBD, the situation is completely different. It is impossible to comprehend how many cafes and coffee bars must be crammed into the jumble of buildings. They perch on every corner, line every laneway, crouch in every basement. There is simply coffee everywhere.
If I walk from Southern Cross station to our office (less than a block) I pass a coffee cart at the station, Gloria Jeans on the corner, the lunch spot with the girl hanging out the doorway with a tray of pre-made coffees calling "cafe latte, $2" in a thick Asian accent, the Sparkling Cafe, and then at least three different places selling coffee in the basement Food Emporium in our building.
And I couldn't even count the coffee options along my route down Flinders Lane from Flinders Street Station.
So I have made the decision to experiment and try them out. Coffee from somewhere different every day until I find just the right one. They range in quality, size (some cafes have three sizes, including jumbo, others just the two) and considerably in price. The best value so far seems to be $3 for a "large" in the basement of our building (unless you count the $2 pre-made cafe lattes), but I'm not convinced they're the way to go yet...
I don't know how I'm going to decide, because there also seems to be some variation in consistency from those I have visited more than once. But this project -- the project to find the perfect coffee -- is one I'm willing to undertake.