Decolata espresso bar, Summer Hill

illy coffee. Very friendly staff take care of you when you arrive at this old-world – 1930’s? – café. The service is prompt, too! A range of coffee-making implements line the wall above the coffee machine, and the clientele are from all phases of life.

Coffee – a decaf piccolo – is a good temperature and consistency, with a subtle nutty flavour.

Manetti’s, QVB, Sydney

Illy coffee. Well, it had to happen. The first café i’ve been asked not to photograph – perhaps the lead-up to the apec meeting is to blame. This café replaced delifrance – where I had shared a couple of breakfasts with a now-departed friend, and it seems a non-franchise version of the same thing. A patisserie in the main, it also offers fruit salads, and a range of egg-based menu options.

The coffee is pricey – a small decaf takeaway is $4, even for the QVB this seems high, but it’s good. Smooth, drinkable, no bitterness. A spot close to the station where you can sit and have breakfast and a coffee – just not take photos.