The book kitchen, surry hills

The book blend coffee (by single origin). Big and busy, in a quiet corner of surry hills, the café has a lot of conversation buzz all but drowning out the background music. The crowd here is generally upper-middle class, well dressed – friends catching up for a saturday morning breakfast. Staff vary in attitude from friendly to somewhat hostile, but perhaps because I’m not ordering enough.

Sit near the front, and you’re bathed in sunlight: if you end up in the back of the café, it’s a little gloomy, despite the bright green wall.

Coffee smells great, and has an intricate fern on the top: a sign that the milk and espresso have both been well-made. On tasting, too, it doesn’t disappoint: a little lacking in strength, perhaps, but drinkable temperature and good texture.

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