Saturday: Having finished a long week at work, I looked local for my weekend espresso hit. Taking a well-trodden path down King Street Newtown, I stopped at a café I have always thought was the shit, but never had the balls to go into.
With a guarantee that would make any lawyer proud, Newscaf proudly proclaims that it “arguably has the best coffee in Newtown”. ‘Amazing’ is the first thought which comes to my mind, ‘bull-shit’ a close second. But hey, why not make this call?
Evident from the get go, the vibe at Newscaf is different to any other cafe in Newtown. It’s more a grungy feel meets old man place, very unique. You’ll instantly like or dislike it.
When I arrived, the café was in a period of chaotic slowness. I took a seat outside on the curb, and waited, waited and waited. After about 5mins, I went inside and made my order, they seemed surprised and relieved I had made this journey. I’m still not sure if there is table service, writing this a few days later.
While waiting on my long black, I took a better look at the customers of Newscaf. The customers who come here are a bit of an eclectic group, with old men and younger hipsters alike taking up most of the prime seating.
Newscaf’s charm has to be it’s outside, sheltered location; this is the ultimate people watching café. It’s easy to become lost in the people walking back and forth hurrying up and down the busy shopping strip, doing what ever they do on Saturdays. Love it.
The arrival of the coffee broke my hypotonic staring state and I was really happy with what appeared. While not the most attractive drink, the crema was think and full, the cup clean, and smell an interesting mixture of deep, rich and fruity flavours concluding with an after hit of chocolate.
Tasting it, the drink carried though the chocolate fruitiness, with a bold, medium to well-roasted flavour, which tended to settle on the side of my tongue. The drink had a really pleasant balance to it.
Upon letting it cool, the fruity flavours tended to take on more of a distinct cherry taste, the acidity picked up a few belt loops, and the aroma became more spicy and fruity, something like ketchup mixed with a cherry.
Overall, Newscaf has won me, while I would call into question its arguable claim, it does tend to blow away the average coffee in Newtown. The people watching pull is amazing, and the charm of the local old men and women, chatting away unbeatable.
1. Coffee score
Style (look and feel): 6/10
Experience (taste and smell): 7/10
Coffee total: 13/20
2. Cafe score
Style (what’s it feel like): grungy old man dive.
Whole experience (coffee + cafe): 26/40