1) First, I must emphasise, it really is a shoebox, tucked away on a corner of Hurstville Station. "There's a coffee shop there?!" is in essence the response I've received from fellow locals to whom I've raved about it. 2) Easy to miss, but this is one of the things that make 18 Grams a retreat in this bustling suburb.
3) Another plus to this hidden gem is that there's never been a long wait for coffee nor bite to eat - 4) but this could also be due to the consistently quick service. 5) Staff are also consistently warm and friendly and love to put a smile on a little one's face.
6) An oasis in the middle of Hurstville, the cafe is brightened with splashes of colour but retains a simplicity. 7) Few milk crates, stools and cushioned benches form the seating behind the little kitchenette. 8) With little touches like Vegemite on the shelves, I felt pretty at home here.
True to the name, 18 Grams are all about brewing up a great coffee experience for you. 9) They source their own beans from around the world, with good thought behind determining which to use for which blend. Not only do you have a selection of blends to choose from, 10) but a range of presses. I want to see the Aeropress in action.
I usually go with my favourite soy chai latte or soy mocha - and can say that these are 11) smooth, frothy (complete with beautiful froth art), and delicious. Not to mention they 12) always come with 18 Grams complimentary bite-size bikkies (flavours including chocolate-chip and almond).
13) The coffee and food are very budget-friendly. 14) My favourite deal is the avocado and poached eggs on toast - with feta and a vinaigrette salad - for just $9.50. One step closer to being able to afford a house in Sydney (ongoing Smavo meme)! 15) The food is prepped and served as humbly as the cosy kitchenette before you. I love this simplicity and how it's nonetheless a fresh and tasty treat.
16) 18 Grams is a chill place to unwind while you wait for your train, and 17) super convenient - about a minute from the platform! They have a newspaper stand and a couple of accessible power-points too.
18) Last but not least; all of these great qualities are not limited to the Hurstville branch of 18 Grams. That's right - honestly only found out in the course of writing this - there are more than one of these around Sydney (Randwick), let alone the world (Times Square). Turns out it began in Causeway Bay Hong Kong, with their passion for coffee growing from here. So when you stop by, enjoy your sip of a global endeavour!