two chaps, marrickville

Two Chaps, Marrickville

Blind Man Coffee. 122 Chapel St, Marrickville. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in a cafe that was a converted garage. Last time was a mixed-bag (now closed down), but this time they’ve managed to make a blissful retreat from the densely packed street surrounds.

Two Chaps, Marrickville

The exclamation marks on the wall show the menus, and it’s a standard La Marzocco churning out the coffees and the chai lattes.

Two Chaps, Marrickville

Beyond the grinders, there is a set of shelves with a range of single origin coffees ($10 for 250g), chai, and teas. You can even buy crockery!

Two Chaps, Marrickville

The decaf long black comes from its own grinder, and is a well made one (the lattes have great latte art, and are well extracted). Make sure you try the water from the jug – infused with quills of cinnamon.

Food-wise there are toasties (tomato, bocconcini and pesto or egg, haloumi, mushroom and relish. Both are really tasty.

Oh, and the chai is as great as you’d expect from Sticky Chai.

Two Chaps, Marrickville

This place is worth a visit, just to experience the atmosphere (but the food, coffee and chai more than hold their own).

whole bean roastery, marrickville

whole bean espresso bar and coffee roastery, marrickville

Whole Bean coffee. 38 Chapel St, Marrickville. Someone tweeted about this place, so I went to investigate. It’s been open about a month, and used as a roastery all year. The staff welcome you into their space, encourage you to sit and feel at home, and the furniture (bench style seats and big comfy armchairs) continue to keep that feeling.

whole bean roastery, marrickville

There are three grinders going at once, each of equal size, and the decaf espresso is really good – a little light on crema perhaps but very bright. Enough to persuade me to buy a bag of beans ($20 for 500g – there’s no decaf tax, which is a pleasant change). The decaf latte is well made, though I think I’d drink this particular decaf black given the choice.

vinyl - whole bean roastery, marrickville

There’s a lot of (record player) vinyl used as furnishings, and one of the two working record players takes care of the background music. Though there are no high chairs, children are certainly welcome. Recommended.


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