Whole experience (cafe + coffee): 33/40
Okay nerds, I’ve had a few people tweet at me and say what’s that Coffee Alchemy in the city like? Well in short, it’s good.
A wet Sunday finds me trudging out of Darlinghurst and into the city. I get a lot of work done in cafes and this Sunday finds me with work to do. To cheer myself up from a Sunday workload I went ahead and grabbed a coffee at Gumption.
Found in the Strand Arcade, Gumption is down the western end (George Street) of the arcade. Much like the mother ship in Marrickville, this is not a coffee and snack (or tea) kind of place, just and only coffee.
The pouring rain has discouraged city shoppers so at 1:30pm the café (and city in general) is pretty quite. I head into the store and ordered a latte. The coffee came out quickly with some optional banter from the staff member.
First thing you’ll like is they put effort into their coffee here (you’d hope) but they are not faultless, latte art was impressive, but not quite there, still a great looking coffee.
Texture is something we nerds often bang on about the coffee, but whether through skill, luck or chance Gumption has stumbled on something else touch. The texture of the glass, so often forgotten, was interesting. The heavy set lines of the glass added a slightly different elements to the experience.
The coffee had a distinct nutty and ashy aroma and first sip was that of a rich and delicate dark chocolate, balanced against a simple but pronounced nutty flavours. The most enjoyable thing about the coffee is that the flavour of the lasts and lasts.
Letting it sit brings out the dark chocolate flavours, and further pounces the nutty after taste something I’d recommend you’d check out.
Just before I left I went in to get an espresso. Look, lets not kid ourselves, you don’t come to Alchemy for a latte.Stepping inside the store the staff were charming with the barista, bring over the espresso with a glass of water.
I did not catch what the girl at the counter said, but I picked up it could have been a single origin Bolivia coffee (forgive me if I’m wrong). The espresso was divine, sweet, and bright with sharp citrus like flavour that just floats in the mouth.
Overall, it’s a lovely space and continues the Alchemy love affair with worship of the bean. It’s a minimalist shop that suits the space, with clean lines and use of a traditional colour pallet. The modern benches in the middle of the arcade provide a fantastic people watching space, which is enjoyable if you’re in need of a distraction. And hey let’s not forget the coffee, which is good, very good, just don’t be a fool and get a latte like I initially did, get an espresso and enjoy one of the best CBD (/Sydney) options.
2. Cafe score
Style (what’s it feel like): 1940s coffee temple
Whole experience (coffee + cafe): 33/40