Java Lifestyle

As soon as you walk into Java Lifestyle you are greeted by friendly staff, a five kilogram coffee roaster and a wall of coffee beans sourced from around the world.

As soon as you walk into Java Lifestyle you are greeted by friendly staff, a five kilogram coffee roaster and a wall of coffee beans sourced from around the world. I was drawn in like a magnet and didn’t hesitate to ask about the 1950s vintage Gaggia espresso machine that’s set up on display like the true piece of art that it is. The great wall of coffee beans consisted of 20 bean hoppers with well displayed names and shiny fittings that reminded me of lolly dispensers from my childhood. The barista was very busy but still able to talk to me about the beans on offer. For my espresso she suggested I try a single origin bean called Ethiopian Sidamo. Full of flavour, it had a big impact upon my first sip, the cherry notes initially dominated but the cocoa came through towards the end. For the latte, I tried their house blend called Super Crema; made from beans from Colombia, Africa, India and Sumatra. The first sip had hints of roasted nuts but then the dark chocolate notes came through. It was presented with the latte art of a rosetta and made with milk from Tweedvale. Java Lifestyle is a place that has a very bright clean feel to it with that hint of traditional coffee house mixed in. There’s a great display of some antique equipment and, if you’re lucky, you might even catch them roasting the beans that you’ll be enjoying in your next cup. Java Lifestyle 2/84 Gorge Rd, Newton

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