Degree’s coffee is infamous among students, never palatable and often burnt. The beans are cheap, the exact same type of Vitoria available in bulk kilogram bags on the bottom shelf in Woolies.
When heating and texturing the milk, most of the staff choose to let the milk jug sit on the counter tipped against the machine, letting it boil until they’ve finished handling cash, before dispensing the contents (now boiled) into several cups. It’s basically Maccas drive-thru style coffee making dressed up and charged accordingly.
The food is variable. A toasted sandwich was fine but a roast beef roll was served on cheap bread with a chunk of beef (not slices) that was well overcooked.
Finally the enclosed outdoor dining area is often covered in a cloud of cigarette smoke, in contravention of ACT regulations, so alfresco dining is not for those who value their health.
Two coffees a day for 18 months, and Degree has the best coffee on the ANU campus. While the quality is not top-notch and can vary with the Barista, Degree generally serves up a workable cup.
No matter how many chances I give them, I just get disapointed. Regardless who the barista is, the coffee is always burnt.