The Cupping Room
1-13 University Ave Canberra, ACT 2601
Whenever I return to Canberra, I always try to make a trip to The Cupping Room, one of my home town’s most popular cafés. Located right in the city centre, it’s always bustling with university students, families and businessmen alike, all looking for a cup of their amazing Ona coffee. I caught up with a high school friend at The Cupping Room during my annual leave, and even though it was almost three months ago, I was so impressed with their food I knew I had to review it!
Walking in, you’d be forgiven for believing that you were in Melbourne, with its wood-themed decor, bespectacled wait staff and wall graffiti – in fact I think this café was one of the first in Canberra to adopt the hipster look. Their coffee was undoubtedly as good as any I’ve tried in Melbourne, which is unsurprising given that it is sourced from Ona Coffee, an internationally renowned roaster.
They serve only one type of milk-based espresso, which means no time wasted choosing between flat whites and lattes, although they do offer a full menu of their daily blends. While this idea may seem pretentious to some, I think it’s a way to encourage appreciation of the coffee itself, rather than the ratio of milk or the presence/absence of cocoa on top. Regardless, I really enjoyed my cup of coffee, which was akin to a standard flat white.
Nothing beats a smashed avo done well, and this one looks fantastic. My friend really loved the fresh, zingy avocado as well as the tomato salsa on the side.
One of the best versions of the classic mushroom, eggs and goat’s cheese that I’ve ever had. Not only were my eggs perfectly cooked, the addition of that grilled peach added a charred sweetness that was very refreshing. My favourite part of the dish was the amazing salsa verde that was liberally spread on top of the sourdough toast – aromatic, flavourful and delicious.
It’s easy to see why The Cupping Room is such as popular café in Canberra – it’s certainly one of my personal favourites with its friendly service, great coffee and fresh, vibrant food. The menu is full of well-executed classics as well as a selection of interesting dishes made with seasonal ingredients. The food I’ve reviewed here were part of their summer menu, but their autumn range sounds just as fantastic, so I’d definitely recommend this café to long-time Canberrans and visiting foodies alike!