Whole experience (cafe + coffee): 35/40
I’m not sure who told me but some cafe owner, ages ago, said “Rob some things you can mix in cafes others you shouldn’t”, it make sense when you’re talking cafes, right? Now I’m not totally sure what shouldn’t be mixed.
If you were to pick two country’s cuisines/styles out of a hat Japanese and Scandinavian would be unlikely pair and you’d be likely asking yourself WTF am I to do with these? But these two unlikely cultures blend really well.
Welcome to Edition, found on the Café Street of Crown but squarely in the Darlinghurst area, it is a killer, sleek wonderful space. And given the hype in the blogging space, the hate on urbanspoon and the fact it’s right around the corner from me, I could not help but check it out last Sunday.
Comfortably busy for a 9:30am on a Sunday is how I’d describe it. Walking in I grabbed the huge leather armchair near the door – rather than the last table as I am not the worst human in the world and lounged into the space.
It took a little bit, but one of the happiest staff members I’ve ever seen came over and asked me what I’d like – I went a piccolo latte. She offered sparkling water as well.
With sparkling water in hand I sat back and admired the place, white bricks, concrete floor, copper milk jugs, hipsters naturally everywhere, and the smell of pastries and coffee floating about, not a bad mix.
The coffee came over to me pretty quickly served by the barista who asked me how I was hanging or some such.
Unique is the first thing that came to mind after I had a sip.
Served in a small porcelain cup (very Melbourne) with a comparatively huge Nordic-like spoon (which I wanted to steal), the piccolo had a lovely simplicity to it, its aroma matched the simplicity providing glimpses past a slightly smoky smell to something a little fruity?
Tasting it, I found the drink to be reasonably balanced, although leaning a little more towards the acidic side of things and quite sweet/fruity (perhaps a stone fruit) with a flavour that just kept on giving.
Due to its lovely brutal simplicity, I’d put money down on it being a single origin roast of some sort. On this I am not sure how they can sustain this bean if it is indeed a single origin perhaps they rotate across a few beans?
Letting it steep, the initial flavours developed into something more sweet and floral the acidic bitterness kept everything under control. I wrote down that there may have been a slight undertone of something earthy, but likely I was over reading the drink.
As I sat there with my drink I contemplated that if there was one downfall of the place, it is likely going to be that will be too popular and that’s not ideal firstly, its not a big space (and likely a source of complaints on urbanspoon), and second, there will be no room for me. The staff while super happy and chilled are not the sort to move those who linger at tables on, so if you come here post 10:30am, expect a bit of a wait.
Overall, what’s not to love? The café is beautiful, the staff are the super friendly sort, there is sparkling water literally on tap and the coffee has some of the most unique flavours going around. Weekdays even promise to be even better for us nerds with cold drip Japanese coffee available, I have no idea how that will go, but given the rest of the coffee it’ll be worth checking out.
In response to the negative reviews, single origin coffees often do not often have the adequate ability to punch through a latte while keeping their great flavours, so perhaps do what I did and get a piccolo. And just to make sure I was there on a one off wonderful day, I came back yesterday with Nerd 2 and grabbed a meal and had an espresso.
The meal a venison and wasabi burger was ridiculously brilliant and nerd 2’s smoked salmon and pickled dish which was very pretty, meal sizes are not very hung over Sunday filling though so if you’re after a fried up meal, perhaps go elsewhere. The espresso I had, served in the small white porcelain cup was very syrupy sweet, sticky and reasonably full bodied and punchy. Different to the piccolo in flavour, it was one of the better espressos I’ve had in, well, bloody ages.
Don’t listen to the haters I do highly recommend.
1. Coffee score
Style (look and feel): 9/10
Experience (taste and smell): 9/10
Coffee total: 18/20
2. Cafe score
Style (what’s it feel like): A well styled Japanese cold storage refrigerator
Whole experience (coffee + cafe): 37/40