Whole experience (cafe + coffee): 27/40
Nerd 2’s morning yoga session at the Sydney Theatre Company finds me, after being an excellent boyfriend in Millers Point amongst the wharfs. As a guy who has never really been around the area much, aside from a few business meetings (and a new years eve or two) I could not resist walking away from the road and along the water looking for a coffee.
While you’re not spoiled for choice in the area, given most business is weekday, rather than weekend. There are a few cafes dotted along the main premade which you could easily check out. The one that caught my eye was on the last pier about halfway down the wharf.
Pier 8 café is a testament to the quantity and quality of space in the area. While Sydney cafes we’re use to tend to be small and quirky affair, this cafe was comparatively gigantic (it also has a children’s play area…).
As most people seem confused upon arrival (myself included), it’s table service. Grab a seat.
There were plenty of morning brunches happening, but also tables a plenty. I grabbed a table outside, which you should too if it’s a nice day.
Soon after sitting service was around asking me what I wanted, I went a long black. The coffee’s arrival was not long off from ordering.
Campos is the bean of choice at Pier 8 (given away by the cups) and is a bean that you kind of know what to expect. It’s a great roast in that way, unless you have some terrible elements behind the scenes.
The aroma of Pier 8’s coffee was both fruity and sugar sweet rich. Not too dissimilar from the Campos café product, although in saying that not the same by a long way. The boys and girls in Newtown and Alexandria may sell their signature roast, but do keep their coffee making magic at home.
The flavours of the coffee were again rich and fruity and quite sugar sweet. In tasting it this is where you can tell the difference between Campos store and a café serving Campos coffee. Not to discredit Pier 8, the coffee had a full body and a nice slightly sweet aftertaste.
While you’re here, do let the coffee sit, and take in the surroundings. It is the location of the café that is the true joy of the space – soak it in. Conversations around me were far more proper than I’ve come to expect from the inner west or inner eastern cafes. Even the kids here seemed to know more of fine popular culture – dance, drama and singing than I will likely ever know. Clearly the influence of both the Sydney Dance and Sydney Theatre companies.
Letting the coffee sit brings out the acidity of the bean and mixes some more of the fruity elements of the bean, it remains a punchy drink right to the end.
Overall, I likely could not have hoped for a better morning experience. The coffee was solid, service the friendly sort and space right next to or in fact on top of the harbour utterly relaxing. There is something so calming about watching waves push boats around (or maybe that’s just me?) making that “clink, click sound).
1. Coffee score
Style (look and feel): 7/10
Experience (taste and smell): 6/10
Coffee total: 13/20
2. Cafe score
Style (what’s it feel like): Warehouse on the water
Whole experience (coffee + cafe): 27/40