Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sydney's Top Cafes


After 30 hours of travelling, I finally arrive in Sydney. This is my 5th time visiting in 3 years, and I have really grown to love this city. The first thing I did was go out for coffee. Well technically, the first thing I did was unpack and shower, but that is besides the point.

If there is a city that takes their coffee seriously, it is Sydney. The baristas here are passionate about their coffee, and they take pride in what they do. Sydney cafes have no doubtedly mastered the art and science of making coffee.

The funny thing is is that I didn't really care much for coffee until I visited Sydney for the first time. I was researching things to do, and found an article about coffee in Sydney. I decided to enroll in espresso school, and I instantly fell in love the drink. For about a year after my first trip to Sydney, I lived and breathed coffee. I bought several espresso machines, read every book and watched every documentary ever made about coffee. Obsessed you say? Absolutely! That obsession has somewhat died down, but I still love a good coffee and am a major critic when drinking it.

My favourite espresso based drink is the flat white. It is basically a latte with less foam, but for some reason, it tastes better than a latte. You can't find it in North America (an Australian and New Zealand drink), so when at home, a latte is the closest thing.

Here are my top Sydney cafes:

1.) Single Origin, Surry Hills - This place is tucked away in Surry Hills and may be hard to find, but it is well worth the search. The cafe has a very funky vibe to it, and the staff here are extremely passionate about their coffee. They also roast their own coffee on site.

2.) Campos, Newtown - This place is always packed and busy, and it is definitely not the place to have a leisurely coffee. You come for your coffee and messin' around. This espresso bar definitely has the most consistent coffee in the city.

3.) Mecca, Downtown - The coffee here gives an excellent aftertaste. Located in the heart of the Central Business District, Mecca will produce great coffee without fail. The staff here are super friendly with high energy.

4.) Toby's Estate, Woolloomooloo - This is where it all started for me. In the back of this coffee shop is where I attended espresso school and learned all there is to know about making espresso. If you want a laid back atmosphere, this is the place to be. Toby's also hosts regular tasting events.


Laura said...

love this post! I have to agree with you, Aussies and Kiwis take their coffee SERIOUSLY. My favorite is also a flat white, theres something so delicious about it! The coffee there is just so simple and so good, you don't need any frills added. Great post :)

nooschi said...

Hi Laura,
Glad you agree. I find one can't really understand how great the coffee actually is in oz/nz until you go and try it. Thanks for the comment!

Hungry Huy said...

Oh such beautiful designs on the coffee!