Orson and Blake cafe, Surry Hills

Orson and Blake cafe, Surry Hills
Grinders coffee. 483 Riley St, Surry Hills. The cafe overlooks the furniture store; lots of natural light, and a series of furniture choices for the eat-in crowd. This is the real strength here: it’s a space with a lot of visual interest – you’ll want to spend some time here looking around if you can. Should you not find the furniture to your interest, there’s plenty of choices of things to read!

Old decaf, ground days ago lacks nuance, but still manages to taste okay. Hot, too watery, but not as bad as it might be: it’s certainly drinkable.

Café senso unico, burwood

Grinders coffee. 51 George St, Burwood. No discernable signage here, across the road from the EDS building, but this terrace house has been converted into a café with impressively fast service.

The coffee is ok: you can do much worse in burwood, but it’s away from the main street and traffic: a welcome repite from the crowded, overdeveloped centre of town. Prices are very reasonable, too: you can even get a takeaway coffee for $2!

Sugar Café, Bondi Junction

Grinders coffee. Light green inside and outside, with the background music just too soft to drown out the conversation, the general vibe of this converted house is relaxed. Staff are immaculately dressed, and focussed, perhaps, rather than friendly.

Opposite the nelson hotel, i’m sitting inside on a wooden table, overlooking a group of cyclists as they enjoy the morning sun.

Coffee arrives promptly, and, though it’s a good temperature, the texture leaves a bit to be desired; it’s not the best flavour i’ve had from a grinders coffee either. On the plus side, this place caters to those with food allergies, even offerong coeliac bread.

Café Zink, Cronulla

Grinders (giancarlo) coffee. Opposite rydges, closer to the beach.lots of natural light, tiles floor, casual furniture with blue and white the dominant colours, with a broad mix of ages from 5-50. Licenced: not sure what the mood would be here at night, but in the morning, there’s some triple-j music playing just loud enough to blur the conversation at other tables. If you time your arrival right, you would have a reasonable view of the ocean from your table.

Coffee seems a little slow: though there are four staff, the one stationed permanently on the coffee machine seems to move a little slowly filling the orders. On the plus side, I can hear the grinder working for each shot.

Coffee is hot (but not too hot):and thick: well foamed. Better than I was bracing myself for. At first taste, there’s some bitterness, but the aftertaste is good.

Oh what a bite, North Sydney

Grinders coffee. 62 West St, North Sydney. Hidden in the back of North Sydney library, this kiosk-style venue has coffees, sandwiches, and wraps.

It’s a rainy day, so not the best environment to test the mood of a place, but the staff are cheery, and familiar with their regulars’ orders.

Coffees are made with some older grounds, and take a while to come out.it’s standard grinders fare, pleasant enough, but not outstanding. 6/10

Café la vita, McMahons Point

Grinders coffee. Right on blues point road, there’s a choice of outside and inside tables. Comfortable seats, water is provided without asking.

Coffee is the Giancarlo blend of Grinders, and it’s a while in being brought out. Typical Grinders fare; well made, good temperature; the whole experience was just a little pricey, though.

The Point Deli, McMahon’s Point

Grinders coffee. Corner of blues point rd and french st, this converted house features a delicatessen, a mini bakery, and a sandwich bar.

There’s a big queue for lunch: visit in the afternoon or the morning, would be my advice.

If you need sugar, the staff will whisk it away and add the sugar for you. Coffee is well made, drinkable temperature, and – though not spectacular – is pleasant enough.


Update: as requested, a new photo. I look forward to trying the coffee at the Mitchell St cafe.

Citicafe, Victoria Galleries, Sydney

Grinders coffee. 500 George St, Sydney. This little outpost adjoins the entrance to the Citigroup centre, and is buzzing with upbeat music and activity. This is another old haunt of mine, although the coffee has changed since then.

Lots of staff, mostly takeaway customers, although there’s seating to be had in the air conditioning.

The usual grinders staple cup of coffee: easy drinking, pleasant taste, with nothing in particular calling out for attention.

Ground Bar café lounge, Canberra Airport

Grinders coffee. As you’d expect from an airport, the prices are high: $3.90 for a large takeaway coffee. The café overlooks the carpark at the airport, with just enough trees visible in the background to let you know you’re in the nation’s capital.

They’re heating milk in a 2L jug, and I don’t hear the grinder operating the whole time I’m queueing, so it’s more of a terrible warning than a shining example.

Coffee takes a while to arrive, and although the first few mouthfuls are disappointing, it soon settles down to that familiar grinders flavour.