Pablo and Rusty’s Coffee. Shop 5, 37 Ultimo Rd, Haymarket. From the creators of Passionflower ice cream and dessert bar comes this new cafe on the edge of Chinatown.
It’s these macaroni pyramids that draw me in to have a look at the place – the desserts seem inspired by Adriano Zumbo but with their own approach to naming.
Coffee is not the focus of the place, but their decaf is perfectly adequate as a compliment to the desserts.
Have a look at some more of their offerings: http://blackflower.com.au/
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Harmony Coffee (roasted by Single Origin Roasters). 107-121 Quay St, Haymarket. I’d walked past this a few times: the counter is a bit of a distance back from the street, and it’s not immediately clear that the coffee served here is anything to talk about.
How wrong I was; the coffee is roasted by Single Origin Roasters, and is made well, with an attention to detail. Even the hot chocolate is stand-out – there are choices of different hot chocolates based on the percentage of cocoa you’re after in your drink (for my own taste, about 60% cocoa is on the money).
Well worth a look.
Calima Coffee. Shop 9, 107-121 Quay Street, Haymarket. I’d walked past this place a few times without realising that coffee could be sold here: the bright colours and pictures of food makes it hard to concentrate on any one visual.
As a result, I had fairly low expectations of the coffee, but I thought I should try it out. I was pleasantly surprised. It’s a well-balanced cup with a hint of sweetness to it. First impressions can be deceptive.
Map coffee. Quay St, Haymarket. Near the business campus of UTS, the indoor seating at the back of this deceptively spacious cafe is one of the few spots on campus where trees can be seen. With its high ceilings, and lots of natural light, this is a great place to catch up with someone, or to sit down and read.
Creative salads, and a host of other food options complement a decaf that is not too bad. Among the better campus destinations.