Moore St General, Austinmer

Single O coffee. 38 Moore St, Austinmer. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a new place in Austinmer, but I’m glad I made the journey. On Tuesdays, this place is closed, and it’s worth going the extra distance to Thirroul and visiting Buck Hamblin (and in fact I did – about a 20 min walk), but when they’re open, you can get excellent coffee in this place. You need to get up pretty early to see the place this empty:

Moore St General, Austinmer

Inside, it reminds me of At All and Sundry – the furniture is from a different era to the staff, but is homey and comfortable.

Moore St General, Austinmer

Lots of reclaimed timber, a big kitchen and coffee area, and fresh muffins if you’re early enough!

Moore St General, Austinmer

The espresso comes out in one of these single-O handmade cups (on sale at the counter).

Moore St General, Austinmer

When I decide to split the avocado toast with my son, they offer me an extra piece (three instead of 2), and we end up sharing 50-50.

Moore St General, Austinmer

But it’s when I order a pour-over that their work really shines. They take their coffee seriously, and it comes across in the product.

Moore St General, Austinmer

And their logo. It’s a beautiful (if hard to photograph) gilded likeness of their store.

Moore St General, Austinmer

Looking forward to my next visit!

Fireworks cafe, Austinmer

Toby’s estate coffee. A little removed from the beach in this waterside suburb south of sydney, north of wollongong. This space feels like a newtown gallery – a scattering of tables, and a cushioned bench seat along two walls.

The waitstaff seem familiar with the locals; the place is child friendly, and the music – reggae on this particular sunday morning visit – gives the place a relaxed air.

Water arrives on the table as a complimentary gesture – always a welcome sign, and especially generous when i’ve only ordered a single drink during the morning rush!

Coffee takes a while to arrive – there are a few orders ahead of mine – and it seems that the espresso I ordered is actually a double ristretto. The shots are fresh ground to order, and the coffee-making follows the pattern established in my own training at toby’s years ago. Coffee is solid, but not exceptional – a good spot for breakfast, it would seem. 7/10.