Sydney Trains Coffee Map

As a challenge to myself I decided to find a great cafe for every single train station along the Sydney trains network. The result of that was a map.... which as a pure image I found less than useful.... but as an app.... well that's a different story. This app (for iPhone and Android) lists 186 cafes that I recommend all over Sydney. For less than the cost of a cup of coffee, you can support my efforts and perhaps convince me to do an expanded one for all of Sydney (not just the train network).

Top 10 Sydney Cafes (based on coffee)

While doing a top (insert random number here) list of anything is one of the douchebagest things that any blog can do, it is also an easy way to point you all in the right direction.

What I’ve been drinking – Mexican Tanetze filter and Honduras Ethiopian long black

Started the day with a bang today with a Mexican Tanetze filter. Not only was the coffee a little nutty to start with, as it opened up, it blossomed into a cup of fruity goodness with a touch of floral. Best of all, it was served in a knitted sleeve “made by Mum” which felt fantastic when warmed by the coffee. I then followed it up with a blend of…

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What I’ve been drinking – Colombian Elias Roa (Small Batch)

Getting the citrusy acidity balanced is an art, and in this cup it is pulled off to perfection. As it opens up the lemon becomes more pronounced and did I mention juicy. An awesome long black indeed. (Via: Paramount Coffee Project )

What I’ve been drinking – Colombian El Hugo Roasted by Seven Seeds

Smooth, warm, dark sugar, hints of fruit and delicious. Sure it was a little complex, but it was well balanced and yet another enjoyable experience from Colombia. (Via: Paramount Coffee Project )

What I’ve been drinking – Ethiopian Kochere

Dropping by Pablo & Rusty’s in Gordon to give back a thermos, I figured it was obviously coffee time. The coffee, a doppio of Ethiopian Kochere, was in a word…. “intense”. It was like drinking a really really peaty whisky were you are not quite sure if the intensity is enjoyable or painful. I think… on balance… It is on the side of enjoyable. Initial impression was of a slightly medicinal, sweet coffee with a whif of ash, underlined by a wet earthy finish. The light touch of acidity and the smooth mouth feel were also pleasant. Not sure I’d…

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What I’ve been drinking – El Salvador La Providencia

If you’ve been out and about in Sydney of late, you may have started thinking to yourself that the quality of coffees is on the downturn. Sure… they taste good… but the crema which for years was a thick and glossy feature of any good espresso or long black seems to be missing… While it might not appear so, this is yet another sign that Sydney’s taste in coffee is improving. This morning’s effort at Single Origin Roasters was a perfect example. This single origin from El Salvador (La Providencia) is not the after shot, this is how it appeared.…

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What I’ve Been Drinking – An Ethiopian Djimmah Filter on a Costa Rica Geisha Aeropress

Coffee is all about experimentation and sometimes these experiments bring something new to experience (and I am all up for that). Today, leaving my fate in the hands of The Reformatory, I was made what is more similar to a cocktail that a straight up coffee. Starting with an inverted Aeropress they layered in a fine grind of the Geisha, and then rather than stop there, they then added a paper filter and filled it with a courser grind of Djimmah. Letting the Djimmah bloom as it pours through the filter, the idea is to extract the finer more delicate…

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What I’ve been drinking – Ethiopian Bokasso

Dropping into one of my favourite cafes in Sydney, Salvage Specialty Coffee, I was sold on the idea of having Bokasso 3 ways. I am a massive fan of having the same coffee in multiple methods as it generally draws out different aspects of the coffee. It seems however that the flavour profile for the Mecca Bokasso has changed somewhat, and the balance of jasmine and earl grey seems to have tipped too far to the earl grey side. As an espresso, the earl grey certainly was up front, and the mouth feel was a little less smooth than I…

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