Safira Verde, Wolloomooloo

safira verde - woolloomooloo
Lavazza coffee. 63 Crown St., Woolloomooloo. Just around the corner from Toby’s Estate Woolloomooloo is this place – eclectic mix of furniture, toys for kids to play with, a series of high chairs, and some signs warning parents to be careful with the furniture. It’s a really pleasant space to spend time, to read one of the books on the shelves, or to catch up with a friend.

where the magic happens - safira verde - woolloomooloo still seems to be in beta a long time after the cafe opened, and so I came in expecting Campos coffee. It wasn’t until after I’d ordered that I saw the Lavazza cups.

You might struggle to find the menu elsewhere online: here’s a shot of the chalkboard. I had the grilled chicken and avocado toasted sandwich – well executed, and recommended.

menu - safira verde - woolloomooloo

Not quite so recommended is the coffee. The decaf is pre-ground and – while all care is spent in putting it together – it’s not something that I’ll be heading back for. The food and the atmosphere is really the winner here.

Monday – Friday: 8am-4:30pm
Saturday: 9am-4:30pm
Sunday: closed

Toby’s estate, woolloomoolloo

Toby’s estate coffee. 129 Cathedral st, Woolloomoolloo. This was the café where toby himself sold me my current coffee machine, many years ago. It’s also the place where I took a couple of espresso courses – I’ve even used their machine when learning how to make an espresso correctly. It’s a place I have a lot of affection for.

As a café, though, it leaves a little to be desired. The barista, though highly skilled, is a little hostile. The food is a little too expensive – $5 for toast is too much. The seating is fine, the roaster in the back still adds to the atmosphere, though a lot of places have roasters these days.

Coffee is hard to fault. Good temperature, excellent texture, and though it’s a decaf, it’s freshly ground to order. It continues to sell great coffee, but it might be time for a facelift.