Coffee crawling through Marrickville has just gotten a bit better with the recent opening of Roastville. Lying on Victoria Rd, the new cafe roastery sits comfortably between industry heavyweights such as Coffee Alchemy and Wick's Park Cafe. The level of excellence around him clearly hasn't dissuaded owner George Choutis in opening however, and his previous experiences of either working at or managing eleven cafes (most recently Hoochie Mama, Newtown) speaks for itself.
Now thirteen weeks old, Roastville inhabits a warehouse converted into a beautifully decked out cafe up front, moving through to the industrial side of things with roasting and coffee storage at the back. A small outdoor area provides a sunny respite for visitors, while space inside is not an issue with plenty of wooden tables. We sampled just about the full black coffee menu, which included Costa Rican and Guatemalan pourovers, as well as Kenyan Ngomano AB, Ethiopian Hunkute and Colombian Marchetta on espresso. All were delightful, with the Kenyan espresso being a favourite amongst our group. The 'AB' in the name denotes to the grading system used on all Kenyan coffees, and is the second highest after AA. These ratings are applied by measuring the size of the bean, with larger beans tending to have bolder and crisper flavours once roasted.
Roastville has already begun to attract crowds on weekends, so for the best experience we'd recommend coming in the week at around lunch time. There's plenty of parking around the backstreets as well, leaving you with no excuses.
157 Victoria Rd, Marrickville