Bertoni’s casalinga, balmain

Belcafe coffee. Somehow this place is crowded and friendly at once. Communal table, against a wall, surrounded with different people all going about their morning rituals. Mostly magazine reading.

Coffee is made enthusiastically, but there are a few people ahead of me in the queue. Without asking, a glass of water arrives with my coffee – always a welcome gesture. Coffee is thick and strong, a good temperature for easy drinking. There’s an aftertaste that I can’t quite place, but in general, a good experience.