*UPDATE* I was contacted by Coco Cubano owner, Tony Melham, and invited back to experience the cafe “as intended”. Tony very kindly apologised for the mistake, and told me a little of the history of the shop (formerly a notorious crim hangout a la Underbelly, and his passion for Cuba and the amazing Cuban single origin cocoa he sources. The menu is being updated and tweaked, and the papercup mistake won’t happen again!*UPDATE*
Coco Cubano is a fusion coffee house, bar and chocolate dealer, offering a range of of treats from hot chocolate, sandwiches, cocktails, and individual chocolates. The interior is a cute mix and match of furniture and funky wallpaper, giving it a relaxed vibe and reminding me of the bars I frequented at university:
Once we’ve secured our prime position by the window, we split up to peruse the menu at the counter…
There’s a selection of individual chocolates in a case, and lists of “Single Origin” coffees and chocolates. We order some waffles with icecream and chocolate sauce to share, and I order the most expensive hot chocolate I’ve ever had: the Plantation 1748 Single origin Cuban hot chocolate which set me back a hefty $7.90 for the small. BF has the Negro El Presidente, a large dark hot chocolate at $5.90.
The waffles arrive pronto:
They had a funny texture that neither I or BF could figure out? Were they stale? Hmm, no. Kind of very crystallised sugar though, and not enough chocolate 😦 but still a satisfying sugar hit.
Our hot chocolates arrived, and I was surprised to see my $7.90 chocolate served in a paper cup. In fact I was downright embarrassed and kind of annoyed. Was this a mistake? Did they run out of actual cups? The table next to us got their hot beverage before us and theirs came in a ceramic cup. I plucked up the courage to ask. The waitress explained that they didn’t have cups for the sizes we ordered. Hmmm, ok then. As you can see, mine was a standard size take away coffee size. What my coffee dude, Brendan, calls regular. To be served a paper cup when I paid $7.90 for it’s content reeks of a total lack of care.
Coco Cubano is a new chain on the block, developed by former Gloria Jean’s franchise owner Graeme McCormack and his business partner Tony Melhem. With management having had previous experience in this area, and in these tight economic times when most are looking for a cheap thrill, I would’ve expected such a detail to have been well in hand, particularly considering the care that’s been taken with fit out and the range of drinks available. A new store is opening at Taylor Square, and I hope this little wrinkle is firmly ironed out by our next visit.
Approximately 58 Darlinghurst Road