Penny farthing espresso! They had me at farthing!
OK, calm yourself son. A cafe with bikes built into it! Brilliant!
I drove down the Northcote main street with a certain excitement and a certain dread that I wouldn’t like it. I shouldn’t have been worried. Well not about the coffee at least…
It’s a fairly nondescript place from the outside. In fact I almost walked past. But once inside you are treated to Penny Farthing paraphernalia and the smell of a lovely brew!
Cappuccino is the order for the day. I go for a walk first to check the surrounds. They have a lovely outdoor fresco area out the back as well as a partially covered area that would be lovely on a nice day. The entrance is well decorated and I am entranced with all the bike gear.
Our coffee comes out and it smells great. The first sip is a bit florally, the taste is divine. There is a bit of a nutty flavour to itwhich is fantastic. There is a slight grit but nothing to worry too much about. Probably a good clean of the espresso machine is in order. I look at my lovely companion who shares my smile.
A massive bonus of Penny is that there is free WIFI here too! Something that ids severely lacking in most Melbourne cafés! We ask for the password…there is no password. Love it. Simple.
To eat we have the soup of the day… $15 later and I am pretty unsatisfied. Soup should never be more than $10. Ever. It was small but tasty but for $15 I shouldn’t still feel like I need to eat. A slight smudge on Penny..
We are so happy with our first brew we order a second. It’s just as delightful. The wait staff are smiley and certainly in the right spot with a very hipster look going on. They make me happy.
It is a great first visit, I will certainly be returning. Just for the coffee… :-)
Coffee 4.5 passport stamps
Food 2.5 passport stamps
Feel 4 passport stamps
Staff 4 passport stamps
Value 2.5 passport stamps
AVERAGE 3.5 PASSPORT STAMPS= A 3 week bike trip around NZ