The Kick Inside (Closed)

UPDATE: Sat 11th Feb 2012.
Sad news coffee lovers, this coffee shop closed down this week. Really sad to see this one go!


Coffee: 15/20

Whole experience (cafe + coffee): 31/40
Bean / roaster: Golden Cobra

Wednesday: A wet morning inspires me to go searching for a good coffee closer afield. Just down Erko road, I’m told The Kick Inside, is possibly one of the grooviest cafes in the inner west, so I go and check it out.

More of a Surry joint then a Newtown one. The Kick is a 1970s paradise, a place of old plastic kitchen tables and chairs, old worn floorboards and a coffee machine which so many magnets it looks more a fridge.

I walk in from a huge rainstorm and find with great relief a huge table is open in front of me. Some cool random house music is playing and I take a seat near the door. Winning place so far.

I order at the counter and grab a flat white, the barista is pleased with the order as he had been pumping out a few too many baby-chino’s for his likening this morning. He’s the friendly sort and we had a chat about my accent and what I was going to do tomorrow (Australia Day).

The coffee arrives in no time and while it’s a little foam heavy and not so delicately constructed, it looks good and more importantly has a really pleasing fruity aroma to it, which is something to savour.

The coffee is an amazing, rich, bold and smooth roast (Golden Cobra).  It’s a blend coffee with some bean from PNG in the mix. I love PNG coffee as, if roasted well, adds some fantastic distinct fruitiness to any coffee’s taste.

The coffee from The Kick is both delicate and complex in nature. It has a slight level of acidity to it’s coffee, which you can work out even with milk in the mix. It’s a winner of a bean and a winner of a drink.

I stayed here a while, doing some of my last writing for my current job, before I start my next one. It’s a place that you can just chill for ages without being bothered. Or chat away and feel part of the erko scene.

Overall, I like the place, it’s unique for the area, super friendly and has a great reasonably unused and unseen, organic bean. Do check it out!


1. Coffee score
Style (look and feel): 6/10
Experience (smell and taste): 9/10
Coffee total: 15/20

2. Cafe score
Style (what’s it feel like): 1970’s lounge room
Cool?: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Cafe: 16/20
Whole experience (coffee + cafe): 31/40

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