Whole experience (cafe + coffee): 29/40
Bean: Allpress – Caramelo
An early morning start has both Nerd 2 and I walking up from Darlinghurst back to our old haunt in Potts Point, to try out a cafe people have raved about to us for some time, café DOV.
Café DOV on Elizabeth Street is hard to miss, just follow the crowd. The cafe is dark, highly popular and from the conversations flowing around the café a cultural hub and key gossip spot for the area.
We got to DOV at about 10am so we avoided any lines that we had been warned about. We walked in and grabbed a table close to the machine and kitchen. A friendly member of staff took coffee orders instantly on our arrival and a latte and tea were on their way.
Tables were rather close to one another or maybe the patrons just a little louder than most places. Nerd 2 and I quickly found that we were hearing all sorts of local gossip about who was with who and what happened the night before.
DOV uses Allpress roaster Caramelo blend.
The coffee arrived quickly along with Nerd 2’s tea. The latte was presented in a glass siting on a white saucer. From first impression it did not blow me away. The latte art was simple, well done but just not at that casual artistic look that say Ju Ju had.
First taste, it had both the sweet and smoky flavours of an Allpress bean, perhaps even a little ashy, a nice and unexpected flavour set from a roast which is quickly becoming a Sydney favourite. Not sure it totally worked though. Milk was a little think but went down really well. Letting it sit I found the milk tended to take over the flavours dulling everything a little.
After my breakfast, a corn frittata stack if you’re interested, I got a long black. The coffee had a wonderful crema to it with an interesting colour, first impressions were great.
The long black’s steady flavour was what I was hoping for in the latte. Far more caramel like in the tones, the ashy smoky flavours that clashed a little with the milk in the latte were still there but worked well with one another. Letting this drink sit brought out its stronger acidity, but this balanced well with the sweater flavours from the bean.
Overall it’s easy to see why Café DOV is so popular it has something for everyone. Its dark intimate space works well and is balanced by a nice courtyard out the back. The food options are generous and creative, staff friendly to the point of over sharing and coffee, particularly that of the black verity a great choice in a highly competitive suburb.
1. Coffee score
Style (look and feel): 7/10 (8 black, 6 latte)
Experience (taste and smell): 7/10 (8 black, 6 latte)
Coffee total: 14/20
2. Cafe score
Style (what’s it feel like): Potts Point
Whole experience (coffee + cafe): 29/40