Caffetini, Ultimo

Caffetini, ultimo

Grinders Giancarlo coffee. 73-75 MacArthur St, Ultimo.

Searching for cafes near the Powerhouse museum, I’ve noticed this place a number of times – its most striking aesthetic point, visible even from the street, is its gold feature wall. It gives what is otherwise a normal fit-out a sense of occasion and style. Between the indoor and outdoor seating, there’s space for about 30 people, and there are a couple of IKEA high-chairs in case you bring a small child with you.

There’s a big, printed menu up on the wall behind the sandwich bar, and because it’s early in the day, there’s a big, freshly made fruit salad but no lunchtime salads are ready. There’s EFTPOS for those who are looking to settle their bills without cash, and – though the coffees take a little while to be made, at least they’re happy to take money from either side of the counter.

Sadly there’s no decaf grinder, but when the coffees come out – any takeaway coffees – they’re topped with a small home-made biscotti. A homey touch. On a quiet Friday they have a barista and four other staff working, which makes for a smooth food service. Milk is made with care. Coffee is quite hot, sweet enough, but with some kind of metallic aftertaste, unfortunately.

I think it’s worth a revisit to try the food: does anyone else have thoughts on this place?

One thought on “Caffetini, Ultimo”

  1. I work just up the road from this adorable cafe, so I am a frequent visitor. I enjoy getting my lunch there, but i especially enjoy getting my coffee from there and having a chat with the friendly owners.
    I am not the only one, all of the people in my office enjoy their coffee and we have all said at one point or another that its the best coffee that we have had in a long time. Infact I am going to go and get one right now: )
    I would have to disagree on your comment about their coffee, but i do agree on all the other wonderful comments that you have made.

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