Whole experience (cafe + coffee): 27.5/40
Nerd 2 and I having hit up the gym in the morning were looking to do the thing that a typical inner west gym go-er does and get a coffee right after having worked out, it makes sense right? Instead of typically going north from the station we went south down King to Lou Jack’s.
Found about half way down King from the train station Lou Jack’s, judged by the number of free tables, is a very popular weekend option for Newtowners. A sleek modern interior meets a Newtown granny chic, grab a seat along the bench and watch Newtown flow in and out.
As soon as we sat down a happy girl came up and asked us what we were after. I went a latte, Nerd 2 a fresh orange juice.
You can tell a lot about a cafe’s culture by looking at the menu. Lou Jack’s had a huge variety of meals, including a ‘peasants feast’ with no explanation, just for the usuals or is it there to open up convo with the staff? On the coffee side you can see it has Greek roots or picked them up quickly from the Orthodox Church down the road, with Greek coffee and deserts on the menu.
My coffee took a little while to reach me, but from first impressions looked fantastic. It had a very elegant leaf art thing happening and a nice milk to foam proportion, although I should note, sitting a little low in the glass. Touching the glass I found it was presented just on the lowest heat level you’d want, Nerd 2 noticed that it sat there for a while, which makes sense as to why the milk was not so super shiny.
Tasting wise I found it to have a reasonably strong, acidic and juicy flavour, quite well balanced, with a mild almost rounded after taste, which lasts only a short time. More a coffee to be had as a long black or an espresso.
Letting it cool however made the coffee even more pungent with increased sharpness, thus swing it back in the favour of having a latte or flat white, although if you’re in a sharp drink a long black would still be a killer move.
Overall Lou Jack’s is a delightful space and a cafe with great people watching potential. It’s got solid food options, friendly if a little too chilled staff and a well rounded bean that I believe would suit many preferences.
1. Coffee score
Style (look and feel): 7.5/10
Experience (taste and smell): 7/10
Coffee total: 14.5/20
2. Cafe score
Style (what’s it feel like): Granny chic
Whole experience (coffee + cafe): 27.5/40