Whole experience (cafe + coffee): 33/40
I’m a little bit late to the Inner-West party. This morning I hit up somewhere where I’m sure you’ve already been, Brickfields. Located in a cul-de-sac right near the corner of Abercrombie and Cleveland.
If you get here when I did, there is a bit of healthy weekend chaos to the place. Staff members are killing it rushing around to customers who are milling all over the place. As I came in a couple left and there was a second of guild before I grabbed their corner seat.
Ordering is done up at the counter and the line moves quickly. Brickfields is a bakery and it’s likely you’d be sucked into ordering something other than coffee on the menu, I did, and it’s hard not to with the smell of baking bread floating around.
The coffee arrived pretty quickly considering the quantity of people. Macchiato come presented in an egg white espresso cup. They don’t do much fancy with the milk, but then again it’s hard to do much with so little. The if I’m getting really picky the milk looked a little rough, however as for café economics, it’s unlikely they’d head milk just for a macchiato.
The coffee’s aroma was a wonderful smoky, fruity smell with acidic notes to it. The taste of the coffee was like the aroma, rich, juicy and a little earthy. Enjoy the smoky tendrils floating their way up from your mouth up into your nose. As you’d hope there is a bit of lingering acidity to the Mecca beans.
Enjoy your time lingering here, if you don’t mind the guilt of taking up a demanded seat, watching customers is half the fun of the place – uni students stressing about exams, hipsters with stylishly messy beards all ordering tiny drinks and eating wonderful bread it’s a café for the new gentrified Chippendale.
Overall, it’s a café well worth the excursion of your looking for an inner west café run (close to café Gulia if you’re looking for a good double). The coffee is wonderful, food far too tempting and to be frank irresistible and atmosphere very cool.
1. Coffee score
Style (look and feel): 7/10
Experience (taste and smell): 9/10
Coffee total: 16/20
2. Cafe score
Style (what’s it feel like):
Whole experience (coffee + cafe): 33/40