Café bolle, neutral bay

Danes coffee. 10-17 young st, neutral bay. A reader mentioned that this place was the original and the best, so I’ve dutifully wandered up to have a look. Inside it’s pretty spartan – somewhere between a café and a takeaway food shop for furniture. Plenty of newspapers are around, amd the radio provides the background noise, drowning out quiet lunchtime conversations.

Coffee has a thick head of foam on it, but is otherwise good: a robust, full bodied flavour – very good for a decaf.

Jetblack coffee lounge, Cremorne

Danes coffee, 1/271 Military rd, Cremorne. A lot fits into a small space here – there’s tea and coffee on sale, along with a range of bodum and t2 products, coffee courses coming up, and wireless internet for $4 per hour (or $10 for 3 hours).

As you’d expect from the name, there’s black furniture, but a lot of warm, wood tones as well, making for a comfortable, homey ambience. A lone staff member is barista and waitress, on the day I visit.

Coffee is good: i’m fortunate to turn up as a fresh bag of decaf is opened, and it works well with milk to create a little complexity of flavour.

This would be a good place to sit and get some writing done, as long as you’re not distracted by the sound of traffic.

Update: The coffee has changed from Danes, and the wireless access is now free.

Jetblack website

Café bolle, Chinatown Sydney

Danes coffee. 394 sussex st, sydney. Velour stools, tiles, neon: this place straddles the chinatown/sydney divide with part of its aesthetic coming from each. Staff are friendly, performing a quick upsize attempt, but cheerfully making me a regular decaf latte instead.

Coffee is surprisingly good: the milk had been overheated a little, but it’s better than many of the places around town.

It’s a bit too dark, and the tv is a bit too loud, for any serious writing to be accomplished here.

The River Rock Café, Bermagui

Danes coffee. Outdoor seating for 15 overlooking the river, and indoor seating for about twenty; in the corner is some music gear for their live music nights. Priding themselves on slow food, the meals are nonetheless prepared quite quickly.

With its bright, seaside interior colour scheme, it’s an easy place to slow down and take it easy. There’s a mosaic of mermaids on one wall, and a computer with internet access in a corner.

Coffee is freshly ground, and served hot, with a head of foam, but i’m not a big fan of its initial flavour: over time, though, the vibe of the café won me over, and I left the place happy and refreshed.

Vann’s Café, Cremorne Point

Danes coffee. A little on the pricey side, as is typical for the northern suburbs, but the large coffee at $4 is truly a large coffee… More so than you would get in North Sydney.

The café is open plan, has some street frontage, and an interior that’s as friendly as any lounge room you might visit.

Coffee is made fast, freshly ground, and is tasty and a good temperature.

Anise, King St Newtown – revisited.

Danes coffee. 381 King St, Newtown. Friendly staff greet you on arrival, and water is brought to the table even before you order – always a good start. The courtyard at the back has a choice of outdoor furniture, seating about thirty. It’s a breezy, laid back space.

Towards the front of house is an open kitchen’ and some more sun-drenched seating overlooking King St.

Coffee is well-made; the grinder is running to make the shots, it’s a drinkable temperature and the texture is smooth, and a little light. All that lets it down is the Danes coffee itself; i’m personally not a fan, but your mileage may vary.

Note: I was prompted to revisit after hearing from the new owners, but I didn’t identify myself.