This cafe is now closed.
Whole experience (cafe + coffee): 32/40
Bean: Little Marionette House
Sunday morning finds me retracing my steps from the night previous, where I spied a coffee shop I’d not seen before. My destination was Pharmacy Café. Found just off the corner of Oxford and Crown you’d likely better locate the cafe by its proximity to Shady Pines. A bit of a street/foot level café it’s got a very Oxford Street vibe to the place.
It’s a chilla place, if you can forgive the slang, but it’s a nice word for the café’s vibe. At 9:30 there a few people round, but the few who were there, where sitting in the sun or chowing down on their likely kale based breakfasts.
I did my usual thing of ordering what the last person had, in this case a latte. Once ordered I realised that I had no cash on me, the barista, your new inner east hipster type was more than happy to let me sort it out after my coffee. Nice service!
Grabbing a seat near the small espresso machine I had a look around. Pharmacy is a bit of a ramshackle of a place, it looks like the owners moved in and collected chairs, tables and even a piano off the streets of Darlinghurst and threw them in. It works, and you can see they could do a lot with the space in future.
My coffee arrived as we got to the third Cream song in a row (not a problem). The latte was very well done. The coffee was nicely proportioned and sat at a smaller size then you may be use to for a regular latte (nearer to piccolo sizing). The sizing I’d say is a good call as its far better for the flavour of the drink although; clearly not for those coffee value seekers (quality over quantity people, we are all coffee nerds after all). It presented well, a strong bit of coffee art happening on top.
The aroma was a little smoky with a robust cocoa smell to it. As for the flavour I found it reasonably delicate with dark chocolate as the key flavour followed by fruity acidity, I thought perhaps a bit of a bitter plum flavour.
Leaving it to sit, the dark chocolate flavours sweeten a little further leaving it to being more of a milk chocolate like flavour, the fruity acidic flavour tends to disappear.
Overall, it’s a great little shop. The vibe is great. Staff wonderfully relaxed and coffee very well done. A great new addition to the Darlinghurst coffee scene. It feels like a cafe just getting started with a bit of a vision, I’d come check it out if you’re in the area.
1. Coffee score
Style (look and feel): 9/10
Experience (taste and smell): 7/10
Coffee total: 16/20
2. Cafe score
Style (what’s it feel like): A sunny Darlinghurst alley
Whole experience (coffee + cafe): 32/40