Dose Espresso is a little piece of coffee heaven tucked away in an unexpected corner of Willoughby. Trust me, this cafe merits a random detour to the northern suburbs.
Quite often out-of-the-way cafes will get ignored (by the media, bloggers and coffee addicts alike). I'm guilty of this crime too, especially because I don't drive, so anywhere that's more than 5 kilometres from the city centre is considered a 'trek' in my books. Don't get me wrong, if I had a personal chauffeur (like I did when I lived in Indonesia) then I'd be hunting down cafes and restaurants all over Sydney like a hawk.
Long story short, if there are more cafes like Dose in random faraway places, I hope to find them all. At any rate, I visit Dose Espresso on a work outing. And boy, do I like my work perks, especially when it involves lapping up the sunshine with a cup of coffee. Run by Sam Gabrielian, who owns Di Gabriel Coffee, Dose is a hip and happening cafe that marries artisan breads (by Brasserie Bread of course) with freshly roasted coffee and Hippie Lane baked goods.
The Addictive vegan chunky choc chip cookie is seriously too good to be true. Made with almond meal, organic grape-seed oil and dark chocolate, this is a (wait for it) wheat free, soy free, dairy free, egg free and preservative free cookie. Wow. What a mouthful. The craziest part is that it tastes stupefyingly good.
The wholegrain date, walnut and bran loaf is also organic, dairy free and preservative free. It's also low fat, which is quite an achievement for a loaf that's comparable to banana bread (notorious for being high in fat and sugar).
On every table there's brown sugar, served in beakers. I don't put any sugar in my coffee, but I definitely appreciate the presentation. I'm almost expecting cookies to be served in petri dishes and coffee shots in test tubes, but that would be a bit OTT.
At Dose you can also take fresh coffee home or buy coffee equipment. And for something different, Di Gabriel Coffee also offers Kopi Luwak (a specialty in Indonesia, which sometimes gets confiscated at Customs). Asian palm civet eats the coffee berries, and after they pass through its digestive system without actually being digested – berries are picked up (and washed of course) and ta-da! Expensive coffee with an interesting story.
1.kopi isn't priced for everyone.
2.point taken and fixed. now we have then in sealed jars, thank you
3. sorry, way too busy for a site
4. 3 CUPS!!! (for all the haters)
5. life's too short to be angry, Feel the LOVE ! xx
When I went, there were pigeons eating the sugar out of the glass beakers on the tables. Not very hygenic. 'trendy' it may be, but it should be pulled up on its flagrant breach of food regulations. Disgusting, and the staff just looked on and did nothing.