Whole experience (cafe + coffee): 31/40
Do you have fond memories of that cool cafe in Europe you visited a long time ago? You know the place. You walked in one morning simply at random and discovered a cool urban oasis and ended up pretty much living out of the place while you stayed in the city. There was a sunny courtyard, the food was a little random but delicious none-the-less, music was all over the place but kind of charming and coffee easy to drink as you chatted with friends.
The Commons just off Oxford may not totally match those memories, but will certainly bring them back.
A sunny Sunday with Nerd 2 sees us walking up from my relatively new digs in Darlinghurst up Crown and turning right instead of left on Burton (if walking up from Woolloomooloo). Found in an old sandstone farmhouse cottage, The Commons is recognisable by the few tables on the footpath. Walk on through the metal lattice gate and enter a sun drenched green courtyard.
It’s all about timing to get one of the prime tables. It seems that 10 and 1230 is when it gets hectic so plan around these times. Nerd 2 and I grabbed a table and ordered drinks, she a chai, me a long black. From what I can work out Pablo and Rusty are the thinkers behind the blend here.
Knowing the above I’d flag anything without milk should be the go. Pablo & Rusty coffee seem to often like their roast to feel a little old school European, no matter the blend without milk will always come out second best.
The long black arrived quickly. The crema you’ll note was a little broken. Don’t stress however. A quick check from one of the staff confirmed that they do double ristettos instead of a single espresso shot, a good explanation as to why it looks the way it does.
As you’d expect from such a global blend, the aroma’s sweet smell was balanced against a relative acidity in the mouth. It’s a nice flavour. Letting it sit allowed the sweet and acidic flavour to become pronounced. A taste worth lingering on.
Overall it’s a great cafe with good coffee. What’s not to love? The atmosphere is relaxed, crowd everything you’d expect for the inner east, food delicious and coffee a pleaser.
1. Coffee score
Style (look and feel): 7/10
Experience (taste and smell): 8/10
Coffee total: 15/20
2. Cafe score
Style (what’s it feel like): Cool central European cafe
Whole experience (coffee + cafe): 31/40