Whole experience (cafe + coffee): 31/40
A wonderful autumn Sunday sees me climbing out of the Darlinghurst valley into Surry Hills peaks. Having sadly been turned away from Stanley Street Merchants for the second time for not having a booking (post breakfast I think it’s more of a restaurant affair). I made this weekend’s destination instead a cool looking café, I’ve been meaning to check out ever since I passed it on my way home from the Stables, The Factory Grind on Bourke (a post for another time).
The Grind is found on Burke Street in Surry, a little bit towards Taylor Square from the Beresford. An airy spot the café does a good job with its corner location, making the inside feel quite outside.
Grabbing a seat was not a huge problem as Burke Street cafes go into chilled mode on Sundays. I was quickly greeted with both menu and bottle of water and glass. I followed the order of the guys beside me and got a piccolo latte.
The coffee was quick in its appearance and had that charming well-made piccolo look to it. A nice fast free pour heart.
The aroma from the coffee was short and sharp with a mixture of the roaster’s ashy flavours alongside the bean’s fruiter sour flavours.
Tasting wise the flavour of the coffee was like its smell. A spicy, fruity (like a berry) sweet the piccolo latte.
I grabbed a late lunch while I was here, watching people come and go. It is clearly a popular spot with the locals as even as the staff tried to close up, customers continued to come in and grab coffees and teas to sit in. The staff were very accommodating to these requests.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Factory, it’s one of the easier places to sit for an hour (or two) over a coffee and a tasty fresh meal. The staff are highly pleasant, café feel a very Surry Hills affairs and coffee, well presented and full of surprising flavours in a city where you increasingly come to expect just one of four/five roasters.
1. Coffee score
Style (look and feel): 8/10
Experience (taste and smell): 8/10
Coffee total: 16/20
2. Cafe score
Style (what’s it feel like): If a restrained Dalí designed a Surry Hills cafe
Whole experience (coffee + cafe): 31/40