Genevese Coffee. 645 Harris St, Ultimo. About a block towards Pyrmont from Mecca Ultimo this place has emerged. The most noteworthy feature internally is the wallpaper – it looks like there ‘s a massive library on one wall, but it’s just a picture. They have comfortable seating, lots of sourdough sandwiches in two size choices, complementary water is offered, and they have a good range of cakes – even macaroons!
There’s no decaf grinder – the pre-ground decaf lives in a glass container on a shelf above and to the left of the coffee machine. As a result, it’s okay, but not spectacular. The strength of this place seems to be in food rather than coffee: the sandwiches are very good.
Genovese Coffee. Shop W39, Wynyard Station Arcade, Carrington Street,
Sydney. In an arcade sits this little diamond in the rough. The food has a bit of an edge to it, and there is quite a wide range of choice for a relatively small place. There’s even a small amount of seating down one side, though you’ll find yourself trying to relax in what amounts to a walkway for the staff.
Though there’s no decaf grinder, the decaf is quite alright – this is a fine choice to grab a breakfast on the run.
Genovese coffee. 3 Little Queen St, Chippendale. In the middle of an obscure side street, a trip inside is a breath of fresh air: sculptures and paintings on the walls, a complete contrast in style to the alley outside. Though there’s not much natural light, the lighting manages to be warm and homey.
Menu provides a range of diverse options, and the sizes are comfortable: not so large that you walk away bursting, but not meagre either.
Coffee is quite good: the decaf has a certain charm to it – it’s not amazing, but it works as a suitable complement to the food.
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Genovese coffee. This looks like a place made by designers, for designers: there are design magazines on the wall, the espreso bar area is made of concrete, not some other kind of shop-fitting material, and there are a choice of different types of seats, not least of which is the range of milk crates with round, vinyl covered cushions on top of them.
Staff are perhaps a little surly, or at least hard to engage in conversation for a newcomer – the regulars are treated with a little more friendly familiarity.
Coffee – a takeaway decaf latte – takes a while to come together. There seems to be a queue of table-service orders, though there’s nothing but a sense of calm coming from the staff – no panic, no rushing around. It’s a good, solid cup with a lingering aftertaste, though i’ve almost finished before my toast is ready.
This would be a great place to sit and read; perhaps you could do some writing here, but it,s a bit pricey, and the chair-to-table height isn’t quite right for prolonged desk work.