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Where to get great coffee in Darwin

Thursday, September 16th, 2010 by Tina

This is not a comprehensive list, just the start of a list of the best places to get a good coffee in Darwin. The criteria? The coffee should be full of flavour, the milk silky and not burnt. That screeching sound? It sounds bad for a reason. If you can scoop your milk into a meringue shape then it’s over cooked.

My faves? A tie between Ducks Nuts on Mitchell St and Jay’s Coffee cart at various markets and the Nightcliff Jetty. I bought some gorgeous home roasted beans from Jay’s Coffee, some Ethiopian Sidamo and some PNG Purosa, both organic. I’ve been grinding to order at home on my Rocky grinder and my Rancilio Sylvia has been loving it! Thanks 🙂

Jay’s Coffee Bar

Great coffee, freshly roasted fairtrade coffee beans and I’ve heard the iced coffee is the best in Darwin.

Rapid Creek Markets (Sundays)

Nightcliff Jetty (Sat and Sun afternoons)

Ducks Nuts Bar Espresso

Mitchell St. You can sit inside Bar Espresso, or choose the lovely verandah outside, same coffee, more atmosphere. But you have to brave the heat. Come on, don’t be soft!

There’s another list here, but I haven’t tried them all. Will have to ask my trusty coffee scout to suss them out:

http://darwin.citysearch.com.au/restaurants/roundup/1119945819575/1137547155562

Darwin Dreaming

Thursday, September 16th, 2010 by Tina

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As soon as the balmy sea air at Mindil Beach hit my face, I relaxed. Sustained by treats from the stalls at the Mindil Markets, there was too much to choose from; Indonesian, Thai, Malaysian, and Roadkill stalls all competed for my attention. Do try the Ice Kachang dessert if you can find it.

Enthralled by the hard-to-find-in-Sydney Thai vegetables at Rapid Creek Markets, along with a great selection of meat and other ingredients at the Greenie’s real food store that I visited far too many times than a 10 day trip justifies.

Thai Massage, an Iyengar yoga class outdoors that bordered on Bikram’s style, local Indigenous art and music, the Darwin festival, and my new favourite clothing designer, Gita.

I can’t wait to go back to Darwin, if only to recapture that breezy vibe.

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Sunset at Mindil Beach Markets

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Even in the dry season, Darwin gives you a nice sweaty glow…

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The view from The Wharf, a great place for dinner

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Fish & Chips, Laksa and Som Tam at the Wharf

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John Butler rocked the Darwin Festival

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Deliciously cooling pools at Buley Rockhole

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Florence Falls, a deep black pool beneath a waterfall filled with amorous fish

A nice breakfast in Darwin

Friday, September 3rd, 2010 by Tina

Today Phee and I had brekky at Ducks Nuts. They have an espresso bar and a bar & grill. We ate at the bar & grill outside on the deck and watched the world go by. The coffee is excellent, with silky milk and good flavour.

Phee had Eggs Benedict and I had French Toast. I didn’t need lunch after that!

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Ducks Nuts

76 Mitchell St Darwin