The Jim (Paddington) [Corretto]

Coffee: 14/20
Whole experience (cafe + coffee): 29/40

Easter Sunday is a painful day to get a coffee. I decided, in order to ensure success (finding a good coffee), to walk far and wide to fuel what is clearly a caffeine addiction. And where better to go than the all day coffee-drinking epicentre of Sydney, Paddington?

Let’s start by saying getting a coffee by yourself in Paddo can be a bloody intimidating affair. Couples, poodles and dachshunds all look down their noses at you… like you’re some sort of oddity – a solo person having coffee alone! (Shock, gasp). I’d advise, if you’re like me and at Five Ways to make a choice of one of the 4+ or places quickly and when choice is made go for an inside seat. That is, if you don’t like the judging faces.

I chose The Jim (sign posted as Corretto) for no reason other than it was first place I came across and looked rather stylish. I followed the order of the girls in front of me and got a latte.

With the key ‘people watching’ seats taken, I grabbed a seat on the upper balcony space, which, while not as popular a spot as a window, I thought was a cool space.

It did not take too long for the coffee to appear at my table. I did, in the process of waiting, snag water with ice and a lemon slice – totally unexpected and fantastic addition to the experience.

The coffee was presented with some simple art, it was a nice layered drink and had a reasonable heat to it. The aroma was rather sweet and had an interesting roasted balance to it.

While writing the review I thought to myself what was the one thing you must not go without at The Jim, according to my fellow patrons. I’d say yoga pants and/or fluro Nike runners. While it may seem unlikely you’ve used them for exercise they are always good to provide an image that you may around your fried breakfast.

Drinking the coffee I found it to be a delicate light sweet drink, it was a little rich with hints of a something like caramel and/or milk chocolate. Let’s settle and say a slight roasted smoky aroma with a sweet cafe con leche style flavour set.

Letting it rest brought out a very flavourful, and rather delightful, drink.

Overall The Jim is a great space and feels like I’m hanging out in a mate’s kitchen. Service even on a hot, busy public holiday break was exceptional. The coffee is simple and elegant with a deep flavour set. If you’re feeling lost at five ways like I always do, The Jim is worth a shot.

1. Coffee score
Style (look and feel): 7/10
Experience (taste and smell): 7/10
Coffee total: 14/20

2. Cafe score
Style (what’s it feel like): A mate’s kitchen
Cool?: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Cafe: 15/20
Whole experience (coffee + cafe): 29/40

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