Downing centre café, sydney

Caffe di stefano organic coffee. Corner elizabeth and liverpool sts, sydney. Near the courts, lots of glass bricks., soft music. Has the sense of a waiting room: people either drop in, and immediately depart, or stay, with no clear aim in mind.

Coffee is not great; there’s a metallic taste to the decaf. Doesn’t improve on the second sip.

Bacigalupo, Newtown

Caffe di stefano coffee. A quick crossing of king st from the cinema and you’re there. A remarkably high-ceiling-ed building, this place offers a range of cakes, and more substantial meals.

Coffee takes a long while to arrive, but when it does, it’s worth the wait. My offsider for the visit rates it at 6.5 out of 10, which is a fair assessment. There are no awards to be had here, but it’s far from a bad coffee. Mild flavour, no bitterness.