Everyone knows that girls natter best over a piece of cake and a cup of coffee (or a bottle of wine), so to meet up with my friend Naomi and her beautiful curly-haired daughter Elsie, I suggested TheCoffee Dispensary.
This place is done out in my favourite style: Rustic industrial. And they’ve kept it simple; they serve a menu of teas and coffee, all ethically sourced, with the emphasis on quality. Cakes and pastries are available too, and they are provided by Hetty of Hetty’s Tea Party. If you don’t know about Hetty’s cakes, you need to get to know; they are some of the best I’ve tried.
I noticed a ‘lunga’ coffee on the menu, and having never heard of this before, I enquired. For those of you that don’t know, it’s similar to an espresso but a bit longer, and therefore weaker for those that can’t handle a shot of caffeine. I fall into that category, and thought it might just push me over the edge (yep, caffeine gives me similar side effects to that of alcohol), so I went for a mocha instead. I was over the moon when I got to choose the chocolate that went into my mocha. I had the choice of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, chilli or peppermint chocolate, all from West Coast Cocoa. I was very tempted by chilli, but went for dark, promising myself another visit to try the chilli.
I obviously had to have a cake too – so I chose the Pecan & Salted Caramel Brownie. Hetty has nailed this brownie – it is perfectly gooey, and the flavour combination of pecan and salted caramel is a tough one to beat!
My judgement? This place has gone ‘back-to-basics’; not in the greasy spoon type-of-way selling cheap coffee in a polystyrene cup, no, far from it. They’ve focussed their offering on quality tea, coffee and cake, and do it extremely well, instead of trying to be a jack-of-all trades. After all, what more do you need from a coffee shop than good coffee and cake?!