peaberry espresso, Darlinghurst

Peaberry espresso

Peaberry Espresso. 166 Riley St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010. Recommended by a friend, I never would have ventured to the far side (from work) of Oxford Street, but I’m glad I made the journey. It’s hard to tell from the outside, but this is one of those places that feels like a little haven for espresso. There’s enough light to read comfortably, but not so much that you’re basking in the afternoon sun – this allows the senses more scope to focus on the coffee.

The barista admits that the decaf is not his preference – they have two house blends that are more to his taste. It has a strong, earthy flavour to it, with enough complexity to know you’re in good hands. It’s tough to fault the milkwork too. Another one of those “must visit” cafes for your next trip to Sydney.

Website: peaberry espresso

La petite crème, Darlinghurst

La petit crème coffee. 118 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst. Standing room only on a sunday afternoon, we wait for others to gain atable in this darlinghurst institution. Their special breakfast, at $18 comes with fried eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, *cereal*, fresh OJ, and coffee or tea.

Coffee is a bit hit and miss; the first decaf latte that comes out is great: not too hot, with a nutty flavour; the second – a piccolo – is disappointing: this would seem to be a blend that goes best with a lot of milk.

The weekend-only eggs benedict on brioche is excellent.

As a place to write: this place is too busy to accomplish any writing – you’ll be moved along, or seated out the back.