Whole experience (cafe + coffee): 30/40
In little Darlinghurst there is a three way coffee discussion occurring. Firstly, with the change to Third Village, is it any good anymore? Second, if not Third Village then where do you go? One group says Fragrance another ALMA. And finally a third is still at Bill and Tony’s.
Today it’s ALMA’s turn. On an ANZAC weekend, I can’t express my joy at finding a café open. Walking in the barista (and I assume owner working on a public holiday!) was a super polite and nice lady, who knows her regulars.
The café is very cute, old comfortable ecliptic furniture are scattered across the small store.
The coffee came over to be quickly (given it was the only one in the queue), but yet with a smile. Presentation wise it fitted in really well with the store. A random colourful mix of saucer and cup with a nice full crema.
The aroma had a bit of a smoky, fruity smell to it. Quite nice all round.
Taste wise I found it both a little floral/fruity and a little spicy with a long lasting hit of acidity in the aftertaste and in the mouth there is some stickiness to the drink. Letting it cool, while I devoured the bacon and egg roll, I found the acidity of the drink became more intense with slight sour notes to it. Not unpleasant by any means. I did prefer the initial flavour more though.
Overall, ALMA is a nice local spot. The atmosphere is non-intrusive and cute. Service is killer with some very nice people behind the bar. Coffee wise it presents well and taste wise sites above your average cafe. The standout of the place is clearly their food. With a strong breakfast menu, and even better lunch I’d say the Portuguese lunch options are the real draw.
1. Coffee score
Style (look and feel): 8/10
Experience (taste and smell): 6/10
Coffee total: 14/20
2. Cafe score
Style (what’s it feel like):
Whole experience (coffee + cafe): 30/40