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Pronto Fine Food Merchants – Warrnambool, VIC

Shop 12 ‘Norfolk Plaza’ 743 Raglan Parade, Warrnambool VIC 3280

This place was a great little discovery and salvaged my somewhat disappointing coffee experience of my return to Victoria.  Situated in an ‘old style’ plaza (bunch of shops which face a squeezy carpark) Pronto Fine Food Merchants is everything you’d expect from this kind of store – the walls were lined with so much interesting stuff that it would have made an old school apothecary blush – and whenever you find Maggie Beer’s jars it reminds me of home.  The service was friendly and attentive and while the shop is open 7 days per week until 6 pm if you want to get a seat, get there early!

Latte QualityExcellent!

Cost – $3.70 – for a large latte in a mug which is excellent value.

Coffee SupplierJasper Coffee

Fair Trade – Yes – Jasper’s Fair Trade Nicaragua Matagalpa

Venue Suitable for:

  • Study and Reflection – If you can get a table (2 tables inside, 2 outside).
  • Chat/D&M – again, only if you can get a table – but well worth a visit just for the coffee!

Brocky’s on Liebig – Warrnambool, VIC

174 Liebig Street, Warrnambool, VIC, 3280

This centrally located Cafe; in what I guess we must call Warrnambool’s ‘Central Business District’ (i.e. it is where we find the River’s store) would be equally at home for style in King William Road, The Parade, or The Kingsway.  Attempting to be a trendy place to eat, it gave me the impression of being unfinished and somewhat out of place – but having said that – it was a popular place to be on a Tuesday afternoon – with we holiday makers feeling decidedly under-dressed.  However, the ‘Continental Vanilla Slice’ was very nice!!

Latte Quality – Good – not bad, but neither was it fantastic.

Cost – $4.50 – for a regular size latte glass.

Coffee SupplierGiancarlo Coffee – part of the ‘Grinders’ family of coffees

Fair Trade – No.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat/Deep and Meaningful – not ideal, but a possibility – packed with trendy people on almost every mobile phone imaginable – there were some seating outside on the footpath which may have been suitable.

Shipwreck Bay Café – Warrnambool, VIC

Pertobe Road, Warrnambool, VIC, 3280

Located in the midst of holiday villages, bowling greens, broadwalks, Norfolk pines and 5 star hotel accommodation (a blight on the landscape) this little holiday kiosk come café was immediately across the road from where we were staying.  With very friendly service, I can imagine this place being 5 or 6 patrons thick in the summer time, but on the day I ventured in, my family were the only customers.

Latte Quality – Bad – not a good start for sampling Victorian coffee.  It was way too milky and the beans were under extracted.

Cost – $3.00 – which is good.

Coffee SupplierBeraldo Coffee

Fair Trade – No.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat – if the weather was fine – there were a few outside seats.
  • Study and Reflection – Yes – under the same conditions as above – but I would give it a wide berth in the warmer months.
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