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Such an awesome #skyburn tonight. Hope you all had a brilliant day. 
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The realisation that in life some things really don't change. Met a mate of mine tonight who was on exchange with me in Kyoto over a decade ago, and the whole night was literally like no time had elapsed.

The big picture really makes the finer details inconsequential...

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It's always changing, you calculate those changes with time.* 
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The BitterBliss List of Sydney’s Best COFFEE
Having seen yet another list of "Best Coffee in Sydney" come out and again notice that food, not coffee, was the focus, I was challenged to do better.

As only one guy drinking coffee, there are obviously limitations, but if you like what I like, then you might get some value out of this list after all.

Like any list, as soon as it is posted it will likely be out of date, with new cafes opening all the time, so treat it as a starting point, and not a ranking, and I think you'll do just fine.

http://frid.co/sydbestcoffee15
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This list was a lot harder than I give others credit for, as there are many more cafes that I'd like to mention. Drawing a line in the sand and saying "these ones" to me isn't really what coffee is about, as I want to drink it all, but it is what the general public wants. All I can hope it that as I care about this list actually having meaning, I guess my heart is in the right space, whatever the result.
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How about you get the first one for free

It seems that I have been slack in talking about my pet side project of doing some writing, about coffee of course, as well as everything else I end up doing>

So to rectify this situation, and to save you a $1, I have published the first edition of Diary of a "Coffee Snob" for free on BitterBliss.com 

Hopefully it is an enjoyable introduction to the series of publications I intend on writing. Look forward to the feedback.

https://bitterbliss.com/dairy-of-a-coffee-snob/
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Muuuuuuum,,,,,,,,,,,, I missed it by ... this much... 
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My reviews aren't good enough it seems

I am a little over writing reviews for Google. Yet again I have gone through my past reviews only to find that many of them are now marked as private, "This review doesn't adhere to our content policies and is visible only to you".

So let's go through that shall we? 

Is it advertising? Nope. 
Spam? I doubt it. 
Does it have phone numbers or links? I wish it could point to my coffee blog, but no, those aren't in there either. 
Is it off topic? No. 
Is it clean? Absaf*&kinglutely. 
Conflict of interest? No pay for play here.
Illegal? Coffee is a drug but still legal.
Copyright? It is my review, so.... um....
Sexually explicit? Is the word "passionate" sexual?
Hate speech? Only hate is reserved for the algorithm that is marking my reviews as against TOS....

So what was my nasty hate filled, sexually explicit review? Avert your eyes, as it is listed below.....

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Gordon's Pablo & Rusty's has been a mainstay on my list of great cafes for the last few years. Positioned in a relative dead area for coffee, it has always provided a welcome reprieve from the average coffee found in the surrounding suburbs. Also given that they are open 7 days a week, they can be a lifesaver.

As for their quality, I have found that compared to the rest of the Pablo & Rusty's cafes, this is my favorite. The staff are generally quite passionate about the quality of their coffee, and have the skill level to play around with it. While the chance you'll get a great coffee here is quite high, on occasion it can taste quite commercial, but that has more to do with the roast than the cafe. 

Certainly for the area, these guys are worth checking out.

Passion: 8/10
Crema: 8/10
Coffee: Pablo & Rusty's
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Pablo & Rusty's Espresso Bar
1-3 St Johns Avenue, Gordon NSW 2072
Gordon's Pablo & Rusty's has been a mainstay on my list of great cafes for the last few years. Positioned in a relative dead area for coffee, it has always provided a welcome reprieve from the average coffee found in the surrounding suburbs. Also given that they are open 7 days a week, they can be a lifesaver.

As for their quality, I have found that compared to the rest of the Pablo & Rusty's cafes, this is my favorite. The staff are generally quite passionate about the quality of their coffee, and have the skill level to play around with it. While the chance you'll get a great coffee here is quite high, on occasion it can taste quite commercial, but that has more to do with the roast than the cafe.

Certainly for the area, these guys are worth checking out.

Passion: 8/10
Crema: 8/10
Coffee: Pablo & Rusty's
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You would make the review different because spammers are often lazy - they cut and paste. The algorithms employ this behaviour to filter out spam.

In this case your quality review was caught up in the net but you can avoid this trap by changing some wording.
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Need a coffee, had a COFFEE!

With a request to make the BitterBliss list of best "coffee" in Sydney, and with a morning where the kids were off picking mandarins for fun (apparently that's a thing), it seemed only right that I find my way to @editionroasters for a coffee or three...

And I was immediately rewarded with a delicious espresso made with a natural processed Guji that was surprisingly amazing. I say "surprisingly" as during the first sip the creamy mouthfeel and robust warm nutty flavour ended with a, "hey, I'm a natural" kind of funky sweetness. During the 2nd and 3rd sip, the natural sweetness was underlined by an increasingly vibrant sparkling (somewhat stabby) acidity.

This was a very special coffee, and worth travelling here for. #coffeehunt
😲☕☕✌
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And as for that list.... it is now a thing... frid.co/sydbestcoffee15
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Anyone really need another reason to drink more coffee..?? Well... apparently...

"Drinking two to three cups of coffee per day reduces the incidence of erectile dysfunction (ED), according to a new study published in the journal PLOS One."

http://dailycoffeenews.com/2015/05/26/drinking-lots-of-coffee-may-prevent-erectile-dysfunction-according-to-new-study/
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+Tom Merritt (And or anyone else with a brilliant idea and experience in online publishing) I've got a random question you might be able to answer on a DTNS at some point, or possibly just nude me in the right direction. 

Where is the best place to write/publish an eBook? Have tried liber.io but it seems to be limited when it comes to including images. 

I don't need to sell the books, but I'd like to be able to create a .mobi and .epub version. 
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I use lulu.com. But I know a lot of folks who love Amazon's CreateSpace. 
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Know where your nearest "Star" cafe is?

Got to add another couple of cafes to my growing list of recommendations today. I hope that you find them useful. 

If you need help finding the cafe, there is a map at the bottom of each cafe entry. I've also added the opening hours for each cafe that should make life a little easier for you.

As it is still early days, and I am far from finished adding my recommendations, please let me know if you think any of the pages are missing information that you'd find useful. 

https://bitterbliss.com/cafes/
This is your starting point to finding your next awesome coffee .
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And of course.... if you do find it useful, feel free to shout me a coffee or three (cause you know I'll drink them all... )    http://frid.co/shoutcoffee 
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Guess it was only a matter of time till I made  a collection of #skyburn  pics.... :-)
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  • University of New South Wales
    BA - Asian Studies (Adv Japanese; Industrial Relations), 1999 - 2003
    Advanced Japanese; Japanese Business Culture; Contract Law; Negotiation & Advocacy; Industrial Relations
  • University of New South Wales
    Masters of Arts - International Relations, 2004 - 2004
    International Relations, International Relations, US Foreign Policy, International Political Economy
  • Kyoto University
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GENERALIST -> Digital Producer | Early Adopter | Project Manager | Analytical Researcher | Asia/Japan Specialist | Social Integrator | Coffee Snob - Fridley.com.au / BitterBliss.com
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I am a generalist. Core elements of interest include "Social", "Research", "Tech", and "Creative" which combine to identify many more areas of focus. (Venn Diagram)

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Speaks fluent Japanese, basic German, has 2 passports, drinks far too much coffee (or not enough), is Lv12 Resistance Ingress Player
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    Entrepreneur, Start-Up, 2008 - present
    Fridley Web Services is a consultancy based digital agency that is focused primarily at the SME business market, assisting them in a range of online services. Each project taken on by FWS is unique and requires meticulous project management and ongoing customer support. Where possible projects focus on transference of skills to clients so that they can gain independent control of their online content.
  • Digital Citizens
    Co-Founder and Organiser, 2010 - 2012
    Digital Citizens was a special interest group of technology and marketing professionals dedicated to trending topics of key interest to the business and digital sector. Regular events are held including professional panels with audience Q&A. All events were live streamed, blogged and accompanied by a Twitter stream projected to the audience. Speakers included representatives from NSW and federal politics, Telstra, Microsoft and Academic speakers.
  • Tribe Research
    Discoverer – Project Management and Customer Service, 2010 - 2011
    Tribe Research was a market research company whose core services were market research, online surveys, customer relationship management, online surveys, quantitative analysis, and survey template design. I was employed at Tribe Research to design and deploy a refocused web presence that maximised its discoverability, and engagement of current and potential clients.
  • The Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO)
    Research Officer – Australian and South Pacific Economies, 2005 - 2010
    The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is a Japanese government organisation that promotes mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world. My role included researching the economic and trade conditions of the Australian and South Pacific economies looking for potential trade issues and advantages. Also worked closely with the business development team to identify and support potential business opportunities and trade partners.
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    Councillor (Board Member - Not for Profit Organisation), 2005 - 2008
    The AIIA NSW is an independent, non-profit organisation, committed to the promotion of informed discussion among the Australian public on international issues and their impact on Australia. Members and visitors hear well informed speakers discuss international issues. My role included managing the team, budget consultations and event management.
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    ACCESS is the network for students and young professionals that I formed underneath the parent body f the AIIA. Its focus was to provide the opportunity to learn, network and exchange ideas at lectures, panel discussions, professional development seminars, social events and through various publications. As the founding chairman of ACCESS my role included management of ongoing relationships and roles within the ACCESS organising committee. I also started the process of expanding the ACCESS model in VIC, ACT and QLD.
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What can I tell you about the coffee at Edition? It is different. And yes, just in case you were wondering, different is good. Very good. These guys have unique flavour that will assault your palate whether you choose a black or white coffee. Where as most cafes have a blend for white coffees and a lighter single origin for blacks, Edition just uses singles. In general this is avoided as the delicate florals or sweetness from coffee can easily be suppressed by milk, and thus you’ll normally find more robust flavours mixed into a blend to overpower, or cut through the milk. Edition instead uses the suppressive power of milk to highlight some of the lighter notes. God knows what kind of a magic wand they wave over the coffee while it is getting roasted, but it is something worth trying out. In store you can also try out the next mystery coffee that is popping up here and there. Elixir is some sort of cold brew coffee that apparently tastes different depending on how long it has been brewed. Think light whisky, mugicha (barley tea) and coffee had a love child. It is very delicate, but worth trying out. Passion: 10/10 Crema: 10/10 Coffee: Edition Coffee Roasters
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Easily one of the most passionate baristas from the Dose Espresso team, opened up his own cafe, and the rest is history. This somewhat hidden gem is easily the best coffee in Northbridge, and one of the many awesome cafes that exist beyond the bridge. But why is it awesome? In my opinion, Ritual has consistently provided the best form of Gabriel Coffee in Sydney. There is a real desire to make fantastic coffee which comes through in spades. With single origin coffees always on hand, and the occasional guest roast, if you are driving by in need of coffee, this is where you should be stopping. Passion: 10/10 Crema: 10/10 Coffee: Gabriel Coffee
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If you are looking for the best cafe in Chatswood that demonstrates the massive benefits of providing a continuously changing menu of guest roasts, then you have found it here. On a side street behind Westfield, you wouldn't really expect that much from Elbow Room Espresso, but you'd be mistaken. As a coffee snob, I love coming here as I literally never know what I am going to get. For many cafes you'd likely (rightly so) see this lack of consistency as a negative. In this case, while I am not sure that the coffee I am drinking will be fantastic (though it is more than not), it will be interesting. Not only that, but the ultra random American and Korean coffees that occasionally popup here make it a cafe that is certainly worth checking out. Passion: 9/10 Crema: 9/10 Coffee: 5 Senses (+guest roasts)
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If you are looking for the best coffee in Mona Vale, it is hard to go past the institution that is Coffee Brothers. Headed up by the oh so passionate Tony Macri, Coffee Brothers has a lot to be proud of, and without a doubt it is a local favourite. While the coffee here is certainly at a higher than average level, and made by passionate people, I tend to find that it is a little over roasted for my taste. That could be both because that is what the locals prefer, or indeed, what the roaster at Coffee Brothers prefers, but either way, it is generally a little to aggressive. That aside, with the friendly service, the occasional guest roast, and the generous opening hours, this is likely going to be one of your best bets in Mona Vale. Passion: 8/10 Crema: 8/10 Coffee: Coffee Brothers
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It is the first time that I have been back to The Wedge since it was sold, and in most instances that would mean that I was in for a poor shadow of the cafes former glory. In this case, that could not be further from the truth. The new owners and staff have taken up the mantle and moved ahead, not backwards. They should great passion for what they do, and for the community that they serve. It is great to see. It is also great to see that they are really paying attention to what their customers want by specifically choosing the Tightrope over other options. More so, thanks to the support of Sample Coffee Roasters, they have a great selection of singles on hand. Now all they need is to update their grinder… :-)
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If you've heard me mention that Anvil Kirribilli has one of the best views of Sydney harbour, this is the Anvil store you should be coming to for coffee. Located in the industrial area of Artarmon, it is a little off the beaten path, but if you are wanted to try out Sample Coffee's Pacemaker blend, or one of their single origins, then this is going to be a great option for you. Btw, if you are in the mood for a filter coffee rather than an espresso, which is always something worth keeping in mind, these guys can make your coffee with an AeroPress if you request it. Passion: 8/10 Crema: 9/10 Coffee: Sample Coffee Roasters
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If you are looking for the best cafe in Kirribilli, or a cafe with one of the best views of Sydney harbour, or for one of the best cafes located on a Sydney wharf.....then this is the cafe that you've been looking for. Anvil in Kirribilli has gone through many iterations, a few different coffee suppliers, and an array of staff, but what has remained constant is one of the best locations for a cafe in Sydney. This is one of those cafes I tend to visit when I am doing a cafe tour with someone in from out of town, or visitors from other countries. You are likely not going to be astounded with the quality of the coffee, but it'll be quite good. They normally have a single origin coffee on hand, and being that their coffee is sourced from Sample Coffee Roasters, that is a damm good thing. And if you are worried about parking (though I have always been able to find a spot so far), you could always just jump on a ferry and enjoy the Sydney Harbour and then a great coffee.
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