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.