Hear ye, hear ye. A new addition has been made to my blacklist.
Olivino (Shop 1, 50 Lonsdale Street) used to be one of the places I quite liked to go for breakfast and lunch.
I rocked up this morning to have myself a serve of their fruit toast and some tea for a sit-down breakfast. The blackboard claims to provide fruit toast and coffee for $6. Previously that's what I've paid for toast and tea there, so ahead I go and order. "That'll be $6.40" the unsmiling face at the register tells me. I ask "Pardon?". He affirms the price. I ask why the extra. He tells me tea costs more.
So I say I'll have a decaf coffee instead. That costs more too. So I stick with the tea.
I've made mention before of a place that has charged me extra for tea. I was equally unamused this time.
FFS, why is tea more expensive? How is it more expensive to throw a few leaves in a pot and fill it with water? There's less milk involved, less tea per POT than coffee per CUP. Why? Answer me that?
AND, to add further insult, the fruit toast at Olivino is markedly smaller than it used to be. And I think the price has gone up.
I have a few tips for Olivino:
1. Get real.
2. Use half as many leaves in the pot as you currently do(or even less) - you don't need that much in that size pot.
3. I like leaf tea. I prefer leaf tea. And if you're gonna give someone leaf tea, give 'em a strainer too.
Seriously, what the frack am I meant to drink? Gee I can't wait for Espressino to open up again next week. Better tea, better service, just better.