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Her Coffee series: Remedy by Lonsdale Street Roasters

Tess Parisotto

If you’re anything like me, you’ll move mountains for a good coffee fix. I know there are a lot of coffee lovers out there amongst our community, so I almost consider it a public service to sniff out our city’s best beans, (I’m not being metaphoric when I say that either – I will literally sniff them out. Count on it). So, for this week’s instalment of the HerCoffee series, I bring you Remedy by Lonsdale Street Roasters! Here’s what you need to know…

There are currently two Remedy espresso bars operating around town – the newest has just opened in Kingston, with the original located on Benjamin Way in Belconnen, just underneath the new Sentinel Apartments. Despite being relatively new, Remedy Belconnen has no shortage of customers as it’s situated directly across from Westfield, amid a scattering of public servant buildings. With its bright red trimming, you can hardly miss it.

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The A team at Remedy by Lonsdale St Roasters in Belconnen.

Its outdoor seating is eclectic but polished with a collection of square wooden tables in black and pine, and bright green circular metal stools reminiscent of a childhood art class. But it’s funky, and although the furnishings are somewhat mismatched, everything has its place.

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The timber furniture is handmade with some of the inside fixtures including an old post office ladder having also been upcycled.  The man behind the Remedy’s interior design? Tom Skeehan of Skeehan Studios. But he’s more than just responsible for the the shop fit-out, he’s also part-owner of Kingston’s Remedy.

 

Stepping up to the counter to order you feel overwhelming vibes of positivity which is thanks to friendly and energetic staff who clearly love being there to make your coffee experience the most enjoyable it can be.

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But this is not my first Remedy experience. For the past few Fridays, I’ve frequented the cafe for my morning caffeine hit and discovered that the last day of the working week is actually themed.

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Received by loud (terrible) 80s music, I took a wild guess that the first Friday I visited was all about the 80s(?) as I watched baristas jam out to some epic disco tunes while wearing big wigs and even more tragic outfits. So my first impressions of Remedy were positive, to say the least.

If you wander on down wanting more than just a coffee, Remedy do have a blackboard menu of your usual cafe regulars including bacon and egg paninis, a selection of cakes, ham and cheese croissants, and more.

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And then there’s the coffee…

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As a long-time Lonsdale Street Roasters (LSR) coffee sipper, I can attest to the fact that their beans are definitely not of mild flavour – it’s a coffee with substance. Every blend that I have tried is full-bodied, strong and extremely flavoursome. It almost tastes gritty, but in a beautifully caffeine coated kind of way.

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There are about 16 blends by LSR on the grind at the moment with a common favourite the Smith and Evans blend but if you’re up for something with a bit more of a kick, ask for the Assassin blend (be warned, it’s not for the fainthearted).

The essentials

Place: Remedy by Lonsdale Street Roasters

Where: Opposite Westfield and under Sentinel Apartments on Benjamin Way, Belconnen

When: 7am to 3pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 1pm Saturdays

Dog friendly? Yes

Web: Find them on Facebook

 

 

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Tess Parisotto

Tess Parisotto is a 21 year old freelance writer and University student currently studying a Bachelor of Writing at the University of Canberra. Born and raised a Canberran, Tess loves her city and being a part of the Canberra community. She has a love for all things local, and is a self-confessed coffee nut, fiercely passionate about coffee and cafe culture in general. Follow @tessparisotto on Instagram for your daily dose of Canberra goodness and other pretty things.

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