Golden Cobra coffee. 43 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville. Don’t let this photo fool you – Erskineville Rd, when you’re not visiting on a quiet public holiday Monday, is a busy street. This cafe has a fairly intimate space at the front, with a much larger back room (you’ll find out if you head to the bathroom during a visit) where the longer-form cooking takes place.
Beyond the clever name is an impressive array of food – generous servings, beautifully presented, and an emphasis on free-range products and what can be made on-site.
Coffee is expertly prepared. In addition to the house espresso (and well-made decaf long-black), there are a range of other options – pour over, cold drip, and cold filter. It’s rare to find a place that takes as much care over both food and coffee, but this is one. Worth revisiting.
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Calima coffee. 106 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville. Growing up, Erskineville was always the place that the trains wouldn’t stop, but these days it’s a fairly quiet village-style suburb. This café is on the main street (last time I was here it was called big boys cafe), so the quiet is broken up by the regular sound of cars passing.
Not many people are here for breakfast midweek on a school holiday, which could explain the low staff numbers, and slow arrival of the coffee. Water seems to be self-serve, or request-only too.
Coffee is very smooth; thick, drinkable immediately. This isn’t a blend that improves as the coffee cools, though, so best to drink it fast, if possible.