Townsville Coffee

Well anyone who plays and loves coffee knows, coffee beans are the key part of a good or bad coffee. Of course it’s easier to get your beans from Gloria Jeans or Woolies but you will never make a good cup of coffee. Gloria Jeans might spend a fortune on machines to roast their beans but freshness is one thing they will always lack. For people in Townsville the easiest way to compare this is to go Gloria Jeans and get a coffee then drive to Coffee Dominion and then try one of their coffees. Coffee Dominion is a local coffee roaster/Coffee shop that has easily the best beans and coffee knowledge in Townsville. The staff take pride in the presentation and are extremely helpful for amateur barristas like myself. I use the Venezia Primo and I can do nothing but sing its praises.

  18 comments for “Townsville Coffee

  1. July 30, 2007 at 9:47 pm

    agree totally…

  2. 'LG'
    August 1, 2007 at 7:58 pm

    Dude, Gloria Jeans has been going down hill for a while now and the coffee from them latley has just proven the point! They Suck!!

  3. August 6, 2007 at 9:20 am

    Have a listen to you wannabe coffee snobs πŸ˜‰ Give me a Nescafe Blend42 and white sugar any day! Yeah… OK, you know I won’t back that up πŸ™‚ Shut up and make me a coffee Peanut!

  4. August 6, 2007 at 9:27 am

    Well the PCB board is getting upgraded in my machine so it will be a week or so before Cafe Peanut is back in action. MWHAHAHAHA

  5. Serena Henry
    September 28, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Totally totally agree!!!!
    Moved across to WA,I miss their coffee!Used to go in there every morning for months!!!!Best coffee I ever tasted!!!

  6. December 19, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Peanut…have you fixed your machine yet?

    Next time you are in town…give me a call…i have a present for you

    Hayden
    Manager
    0405 324 648

  7. scooter girl
    March 10, 2009 at 6:18 am

    i understand what you say about the coffee at Gj’s versus the coffee at Dominion but lately it seems that dominion’s aggrogance has helped them settle in a place that sometimes is well, average. The new kids coming up making the coffee don’t seem to be able to pull a decent shot at times.

  8. March 22, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Well scooter girl I am not sure if the shots being poured are any good as I just use their beans. We were in there today and the place was packed so they must be doing something ok. Sometimes standards do slip but so long they don’t let this happen to their beans I will keep going back. I have had a few people tell me that they weren’t happy with Dominion beans but once I got them to try the Primo beans they are sold.
    Thanks everyone and keep Brewing

  9. Colin
    June 1, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I start to buy the bean (Venezia Primo) from them all the time, since I have my first machine EM6910.
    The staff there was very helpful to help me to choose the accessories and cleaning detergent.
    The bean used to be kept only two weeks old, after that they will be moved to quick sale place and cheaper price.

    However, I found the roast date and label start to become a bit dodgy.
    Some label missed, let me don’t know which one is more fresh.
    Ask them but the answer is all of them are fresh, don’t worry (then where is the date label).

    Then after couple weeks, I got a pack with future date label (I bought the pack at 15 March, the label is 20 March).
    Next time I ask them about this, they kind of think I am stupid to ask the date.

    Just start to feel the date label is not reliable anymore.
    Think about roast my bean now because there is no other bean roaster in Townsville.

  10. sonia
    June 9, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Great news Colin, they have a new sealing/date machine.
    There should be no more date problems, unless of course something as silly as human error occurs. As the employees there are human i suppose this will happen at some stage.
    The date on the packet is the packaging date.
    As the coffee is roasted daily, Monday to Friday, it is the freshest coffee you can get in Townsville other than roasting your own of course.
    If you come in during the week, 9am – 2.30pm i am sure the lady who roasts the coffee can help you out with the freshness of the coffee.

  11. Silver Tie Coffee Bean
    November 6, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    It’s Silver Tie Coffee Company and am I looking forward to my new logo πŸ™‚
    No website yet. silvertiecoffeecompany@gmail.com
    For Coffee Training and Machine Services, especially home domestics.

    Hats off to Coffee Dominion for the amazing job they do and for the hard work they have put in!

    Now AngryPeanut, I have something to tell you…there is an amazing
    NEW COFFEE ROASTER IN TOWNSVILLE
    “THE NEXT WAVE OF AWESOME FRESH”
    I’d love to send you a sample from my own personal purchase just so you can taste how good this stuff is.
    They promote Premium Beans with a Premium Roaster using a Premium Process!
    I DO LOVE THIS COFFEE! And the name says how I feel.
    If you like Venezia Primo, you are going to looove FARM FRESH!
    I am a big fan of Dominion, but now I’m hooked on this stuff.
    OH, and if you like Chai, try Namaste Chai. Organic, dairy free, gluten free, 99% caffeine free, and no artificial’s…and, CHEAPEST in AUSTRALIA. Unless you are related to the guy. OBVIOUSLY! Never new I was a fan of chai and yet now I can’t stop drinking it either.
    Even travelling the globe did not allow me to enjoy such wonderful quality. And nothing beats making it yourself…RIGHT!?

  12. Silver Tie Coffee Bean
    November 6, 2011 at 10:29 pm
  13. Colin
    February 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Just like to update my feeling about Coffee Dominion.
    Not sure about what happened to my wrong roasting date experience.
    But I had a great experience to bring my coffee machine to Coffee Dominion.
    Long story short.
    I got a Giotto not bought from them, but I was really struggling to make a acceptable espresso from it.
    The owner (Jonathan) not only took his busy hours to go through every detail I have in the machine, but also only ask a very minor money for diagnostic the bitter flavour in my cup.

    During the diagnostic, had a good chat with Jonathan, I understand Jon he had his dilemma between his own preference and satisfying the customer.
    For example I just show my curiosity about the dark roast (too dark) of some sweet single origin (ie Ethiopian Harrar).
    He said he felt the same way but Townsville customer complain the coffee is not bitter enough (as coffee?).

    As a businessman and coffee connoisseur/enthusiast, Jon try to slowly educate Townsville customer about the pleasure of good coffee (maybe not a right word, but I can not find a better one).
    Now I finally understand I was mistaken Coffee Dominion before as my narrow mind from very limited experience.
    I will be the local fan of coffee Dominion when Jon is the owner!!

    Colin

  14. Glenn
    June 16, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Coffee Dominion is not bad, but always room for improvement… Anyway I will go back third time and give it another chance. :-)Maybe they were having a couple of bad days…

    As for Gloria Jeans…(frown…) Enough said!

    Hard to find a consistently good place in TSV, it really depends who is making!(But then again, as a barista, I tend to be a bit fussy lol )

  15. Angrypeanut
    June 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I stick with my thoughts of Coffee Dominion being the best coffee in Townsville but as all know, the coffee is only as good as the barista and I have experienced average coffee’s at Dominion as well. The easiest mistake that I am noticing these days with all coffee establishments is the lack of thermometers. The amount of luke warm coffee’s I have personally experienced is staggering. I know a lot of baristas swear by the “feeling the bottom of the jug” method but I still believe that nothing beats a $5 thermometer for accurate milk temps.
    Lately I have given Fratello Coffee a few visits now. When its good its good. Though it does seem very hit and miss. Also the “midgies” in the morning are an accompaniment that I could do without. I noticed their facebook page they are offering “The honest coffee policy: if your not happy with your coffe upon your first sip, let us remake it, at the frat house there is no such thing as a bad cup of jo”. Whilst this is a great idea I will never send a meal back at a restaurant, I just never go back. I understand that people won’t improve without knowing their imperfections but it’s not my job to tell someone that their product doesn’t appeal to me.

    Thanks again for the information everyone is providing and don’t hesitate to contact me for ideas or suggestions for this site etc

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  17. Angrier Peanut
    July 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Slagging Gloria Jean’s? Really?
    Gloria Jean’s is a franchise – with over 400 stores nationally – of course there will be a different standard. What they are based on is relatively good coffee, but consistently.
    Indepedent coffee houses and chains are just a different ball game altogether. And for the record – dominion are just childs play compared to quality independents in sydney or melbourne – like axil, auction rooms, st ali or any of the like. Dominion don’t stack up AT ALL. They have the pretentious attitude – just lack the coffee to accompany that

  18. admin
    July 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    I understand Gloria Jean’s is a franchise and probably the reason their quality is not the best in my eyes. I personally prefer fresh coffee from local roasters instead of the mass roasted beans and large delays from when the beans are roasted to when they are ground to produce my coffee. Saying this though, I have noticed a drop in the quality of coffee and service at the Dominons shop front but their beans are still the best in Townsville in my opinion. I also follow the “always drink coffee where cyclists drink coffee”. Cyclists will happily ride an extra km to get a better brew. Hence why you don’t see many cyclists at McCafe etc.

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