The Mosman Cafe Guide concept was born out of an idea to create a printed guide to coffee in the local Mosman area. Appropriately, it could have been a coffee table book!
With printed products on the decline and the rapid uptake of online searching, the web version soon took control.
The project developed into a post-graduate study in 2013 on “the ambiance, overall satisfaction and quality elements that attract customers to a cafe” (based on cafes in Sydney city). With the project complete, the interest then developed into a quest to discover all the cafes in Mosman.
This site is by no means a critique of cafes, coffee or the people running the business. We understand that all these businesses need the support of the community to operate – we believe that we are part of that support system.
The commonly used rating systems often do not reflect reality. These small businesses see hundreds of customers each day. For example, three reviews on a website are statistically not representative and therefore meaningless. But, three bad reviews can cripple a business. What’s fair about that?
Reviews can be incredibly biased or simply only completed by people at opposite ends of the scale – lovers and haters. Enough said.
So many reasons to indulge
We recognise that there are many factors that determine where visitors or regulars will go to a cafe:
• Location & convenience
• Ambience & interior layout
• Coffee – the brand, the way its made plus more
• Food and the menu
• Recommendations from friends and family. We know that this is one of the most powerful marketing techniques. This is simply not possible on a site that just rates cafes based on a one-off experience.
Everyone has a favourite coffee or cafe. Whether it’s for a quiet coffee, to read the paper, a meeting place, or for a meal, there is something for everyone in Mosman.
As part of this journey we have sampled coffee (and food) from every cafe in the area – a process that has taken more than 18 months. And, we have visited many several times.
Okay, there are so many questions. We could have just written a blog but this has now developed into an informative community service to support small business in Mosman.
What makes a good coffee?
There are so many elements, the beans, the roasting technique, the milk, the temperature, the barrista and more. Really, it’s personal and quite unique to each of us. In time, we will outline all of this in more detail.
Passionate about coffee
Mosman people are passionate about their favourite cafe spots. All the cafes have something to offer, all offering something unique. Some offer views, location, convenience, personalities, and exceptional service.
For us, there are plenty of reasons to continue the progressive coffee tasting experience. We have lived in Mosman since 1990 and have enjoyed the development of the cafe scene over the last 20+ years.
We hope you also enjoy our journey and we encourage you to also embrace the Mosman cafe culture that we believe is unique to Sydney.
The purpose of this guide is to provide general information. The information in this guide has been prepared with care, but no warranty, express or implied, is given as to the accuracy, correctness or completeness of the information, or for any advice given, or omissions from this guide.