Cafe Reviews

Café review: Driftwood, Ocean Grove (Victoria)

 This place must have been awesome. Frankly I'd tear down he whole strip and build it again. (From an infographic on the side of a far less interesting looking Coles)

This place must have been awesome. Frankly I'd tear down he whole strip and build it again. (From an infographic on the side of a far less interesting looking Coles)

Three years ago, you couldn't get good coffee by the beach. Now you can. Ocean Grove, heartland of Australia's surf bums, specialty farmers and the occasional lost tourist, houses espresso-based coffees in Driftwood, a little cafe on the main strip. No pour-overs, but all the indicators of good espresso are there - they sell the beans (from a local Geelong roaster), can talk to you about the different flavour characteristics in broad terms (milder, stronger etc.) and generally definitely know what they're doing. As a shop in a very small community they have to cater to a broad range of tastes, so it would be unreasonable to expect a specialty coffee shop! Given that, I was more than happy and would definitely go back for the coffee or food. (Great brunch menu too - best breakfast spot in the Grove.)

The coffees we had were great. The order was taken expertly, well poured and had terrific balance of sweetness, acidity and ... milkiness. I couldn't ask for more. I noticed they need to work on their microfoam for soy drinks, but again - small community and the 'locally sourced produce' aesthetic implies they orient towards milk anyway.

Coffee at OG