Wherever I travel, I’m always on the lookout for one type of place. A good coffeeshop. True, I am not a straight black cup of joe kinda girl, I enjoy a little flair with my brew. After staying on Bali’s island paradise, Nusa Lembongan for a couple nights and only being offered instant coffee mix drinks, I was desperate for a good cup of coffee. As luck would have it, I stumbled upon Mushroom Espresso and was quite pleased with the entire experience.
Mushroom Espresso is tucked away just off the beaches of Mushroom Bay, but with it’s iconic “Coffee and Chill” coffee bar, it’s hard to miss it. The morning menu features hot drinks, and later in the day offers colder coffees. But for my visit first thing in the morning, I was looking forward to a nice hot latte.
The baristas at Mushroom Espresso know their coffee, and how to work it. I not only got the back story on the beans he was brewing that day, but an art show as he carefully crafted the latte and cappuccino art. Having a small amount of barista experience myself, I am always in awe at the art that can be done on the top of a cup of coffee. It was picture perfect and almost too beautiful to drink. Almost.
The cappuccino was my personal favorite, with a great blend of creaminess and sharp espresso flavors. I am usually quick to add sugar to my drinks, but I am glad I didn’t mess with this cappuccino. It needed no extra sweetness. Just pure espresso and milk merging to perfection in my mouth.
Mushroom Espresso is more of a coffee bar than a coffee shop, with no indoor enclosed seating. It shares the front property with a hotel, and there’s plenty of outdoor seating. I brought my one and a half year old, who particularly loved the sand toys and kid friendly seats available. She wasn’t ready to go after my husband and I finished our drinks!
I can tell that Mushroom Espresso is not a secret on Nusa Lembongan. There was a constant flow of customers, both visiting tourists and local workers from nearby businesses. But it never felt crowded or busy. It’s go with the flow environment is exactly what an island coffee bar. And Mushroom Espresso nailed it.
Any time and every time I find myself of Nusa Lembongan, I will be visiting Mushroom Espresso!
This post was sponsored in part by Mushroom Espresso but as always, the opinions are entirely my own.