The name of Double Roasters has changed to Wicks Park Cafe. Not sure at this stage how the cafe has changed. I’ll look into it as I rated it so highly. (25/05/14)
Whole experience (cafe + coffee): 35/40
Bean: El Salvador single origin ‘Oro Lavado’
Friday: Given my day off I decided to walk up part of the way from Marrickville to Enmore (the great inner west coffee frontier). My first stop was a great looking place I had not heard off (not to hard in these parts for me) called Double Roasters.
Double Roasters is on Victoria Road, across from one of the many parks along this stretch. While Double has a big awning it’s kinda hard to spot, so keep your eyes peeled.
Walking in it’s everything I would hope for from a coffee shop in the area, cool and friendly.
I was initially greeted by some really friendly staff members, who were chatty and jokey and willing to talk coffee, the weather or flight noise. I took a seat somewhere near the door and scope out the place. It’s industrial chic: old coffee equipment, wooden tables and a worn and painted cement floor. Were better to spend a 30mins or so? I love it.
I went up to the counter and ordered a latte and took a seat near the big door.
The drink came quickly and presented really well. The latte sat within a very new egg like glass, and was served on some old fine China (same as Mecca King Street), moreover, the spoon, which is often forgotten, was one of those old tourist location spoons (mine was from Winton QLD), hilarious. I’m going to get in trouble here for saying there is some nice irony to this, but I reckon I am using the word correctly here. The art on top was a casual leaf, which looked fantastic. Top marks.
While a little thin on the foam for a latte, the coffee was amazing. They were pumping out a Single Origin coffee (roasted out back) from El Salvador named ‘oro lavado’. The aroma from the coffee was an interesting caramel, nutty smell, which I reckon nicely balanced the milk.
Tasting it, it is a coffee with plenty of character. That sweet caramel flavour, which I smelt, tended to dominate the taste, but then you are occasionally hit with that pleasant nutty after tone, which creates some balance to the drink.
One of the most best things about this coffee was the acidity refinement and depth of the drink, which was quite noticeable even in a milk based coffee, a long black here I reckon would be a knock out.
Overall, funky, friendly and with some magnificent coffee (not to mention some of the food going past), this newbie to the area is going to make a killing to one of the most exciting coffee regions in the Sydney Landscape.
1. Coffee score
Style (look and feel): 8/10
Experience (taste and smell): 9/10
Coffee total: 17/20
2. Cafe score
Style (what’s it feel like): Australian industrial chic
Whole experience (coffee + cafe): 35/40