Located on the ever bustling King Street in Newtown is this cosy cafe, run by the ever immaculate and charismatic Jeong Lee. Clean freaks will struggle to find anything in disarray as coffee after coffee is pumped out of the amazing pearl-coloured La Marzocco Strada EP, whilst sipping on incredibly refreshing minty water. Order is not the only perk of this incredible space, where a deep passion for not only coffee production but enjoyment is shared by John with all, from occasional take away customers to the regular connoisseur.
On a relatively warm Sydney October afternoon, a few cold brew pourovers were definitely on the cards. The first we had from Handcraft’s extensive filter list was a Guatemalan Santa Felisa Pache natural processed, with notes of dried fruits and plums. The second was a Guatemalan Margarita Ascenio de Mendez washed process. The washed processed Guatemalan was much more clean than natural processed, and it had nice juicy stone fruit and peach tea notes.
Next were the espressos, starting with a Reuben Hill roasted Ethiopian, from the Robot Mata Farm. After that came another espresso using beans from a special guest london roaster; Square Mile Roasters. This espresso had a great citrus acidity, loads of sweetness, and beautiful plum and cherry notes.
It is this selection of great coffees to try in many different methods that makes Handcraft a unique coffee experience. The willingness to always experiment with and educate most customers obviously displays the passion and friendly reliability that you can learn to expect here. Get around to it soon if you haven’t.