Just when you thought Surry Hills was at capacity with great coffee and interesting bang-for-your-buck food, it’s slapped with another worthy candidate for best new café.
Owner Russell Beard, whose other gig is The Source in Mosman, has had his ear to the ground for some time about the state of inner city climes, so you can be guaranteed he’s done his research before opening this impressive Albion Street stake.
A double-storey polished concrete number, there’s a pleasantly caffeinated hint of ‘industrial Melbourne’ here. With a cafe downstairs, and roastery and coffee lab upstairs, serious coffee nerds and those who want to discover all the latest caffeinated trends should listen up – Aeropress, Clover, pour over, it’s all featured – plus a keen selection of house-roasted beans sourced from Central and South America.
And for the budding connoisseur, get amongst their weekly coffee cuppings and you’ll be dropping lines like “semi-sweet chocolate undertones” in no time.
Those with a sweet tooth should make a bee-line for the salted caramel milkshake – it’s pretty much a liquid high. Add to this a fresh South American menu including tortillas stuffed with all sorts of goodies, empanadas, a Costa Rican ceviche, and as you’d expect, a killer Reuben sanga, and you have the makings for best new café contender.
Locals (and the rest of us) are already addicted to this little gem.
61 Albion Street, Surry Hills
Ph: 9211 5556
Open 7 days, 7am-4pm
Cuppings weekly Fridays 10am