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.
Siborg coffee. 2 Langley Ave, Cremorne. Far enough back from Military Rd that you can still hear the birds chirping, but not so far that you can’t also hear traffic. I’m here early enough to beat the summer heat; you can sit outside and watch as a breeze drifts though the trees, or inside and look at the modern furniture and other sights.
Staff are friendly and welcoming, proud of their coffee and other offerings, but still gracious, not snobbish. Menu is not cheap, but is what you’d expect for the area.
Coffee is drinking temperature, good texture, has a flourish of colour at the top, though not the latte art that is popular in other boutique venues. There’s some sweetness to it, and while not great at first, it improves with time, so the middle is better than the beginning.
Don adán coffee. Shop 2, 65 Parraween St Cremorne. Nestled in an arcade at the back of the Cremorne Orpheum is another outpost of this café. This café is proudly South American, and the background noise is a mix of the barista’s conversation and the radio.
Seating is split between indoor and outdoor, on small tables covered with an artisic collage of newspaper cuttings and other printed material, then covered with something waterproofed.
Coffee is made strong, with some earthy flavours, and they have a range of different iced coffees on the menu. They have a café helado on the menu, a long black poured over ice, which I haven’t seen elsewhere.
Toby’s estate coffee. 362 Military Rd, Cremorne. This place is a combination of deli and food court style eatery. After ordering at the counter, you’re directed to a bench where there’s self-serve water, cutlery and serviettes.
The conversations of fellow diners is drowned out by the background music: some ambient jazz. There’s lots of light; high ceilings, and a skylight combined with coporate style interior design that wouldn’t be out of place in a government building.
Coffee takes a little while, arriving with a too foamy head, and very hot. Flavour-wise, though, it’s good: a worthwhile place to stop for a coffee.