Hail exam time for uni kids. During exam blocks…anything with caffeine in it is a necessity. I went to uni early to try cram in whatever study I could yesterday, and I thought I’d stop by Darwin’s Cafe, which is connected to the BSL (Biological Sciences Library). I’ve stopped over on previous occasions at different times of the day. It’s living in the fast lane..and it seems like it’s ALWAYS peak hour for Darwin’s…They have one barista tamping the whole time, one on shots and milk…and one at the register and a few wait staff. I headed over at close to 8am and ordered 1 skinny flat white with soy, and 1 skinny flat white (both in the large size) and a large can of V.
I was also super hungry so I ordered an Eggs benedict with a hash brown.
Food Rating: 5/10
I wasn’t expecting much for a high volume coffee selling Cafe to produce a good eggs benedict. The hash brown was burnt, and the hollandaise sauce was one of those pre-made ones (Once you’ve had homemade, you can’t go back). I did make a smiley face with my food though….which was ..cool.
There have been occasions on busy days where I have waited for more than 10 minutes for a coffee…this time they got lucky. From when I left the counter until my coffee was ready, the super-speedy Barista has an impeccable timing of just under a minute. I did run into a little hiccup with my order however, as the lady on the register didn’t put through my soy order…I ended up with 2 skinny flat whites. On a normal day I would just drink both and swallow my frustration, but I wanted to test their service.
Service Rating 6.5/10
When I went to collect my coffees, I double checked with the barista that there would be one soy and one skinny milk flat white…he checked the docket and realised the lady on the register didn’t put it through…without fuss he then politely made me another soy coffee. When my eggs benedict arrived, they had forgotten my hash brown too.. I guess they’re just too busy to be able to be consistent with their orders. I am however, thoroughly impressed with how quickly they fixed up their mistakes.
(In case you’re wondering…The said skinny flat white was adopted by a lady waiting in line, who had ordered a large skinny flat white..it didn’t die in vain)
Coffee Rating: 7.5/10
Darwin’s uses Blue Sky Coffee beans (I think their flagship store is in Newstead), which is a single origin Cuban bean…and I rate it pretty well. It tastes a little similar to a few boutique cafe coffees from West End.
There’s not much choice in coffee around UQ, but if you’re prepared to line up and potentially have your order mixed up, head over to Darwin’s. I would only go there out of necessity, and not really by choice. Darwin’s you need to train up your staff on the register! It’s priced fairly at $4.00 for a standard large coffee, and they have a loyalty card system as well, which helps out uni kids on a budget.
Until next time….