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Dose Espresso Cafe

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by Sarah Han (subscribe)
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Published February 13th 2012
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.

Dose graffiti

With a funky colour scheme that juxtaposes wooden hues with splashes of aqua blues and rustic reds, Dose has street art on the wall that commands your attention as you walk in.

Hippie Lane vegan cookie

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.

I like the board it's served on

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).

Wholegrain date, walnut and bran loaf and coffee

Admittedly, slathering the slice of date, walnut and bran loaf with butter defeats the no-fat purpose, but it would be wrong not to!

Brown sugar in beakers

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.

Veggie sandwich: roast capsicum, grilled eggplant, grilled zucchini, tasty cheese & pesto on quinoa & soya sourdough bread

Sandwich and breakfast dishes feature Brasserie Bread's sourdoughs and Italian breads.

The venue itself isn't particularly spacious, but the large open windows create the illusion of space. Tables and chairs spill out onto the outdoor area, extending the corner shop by quite a bit.

Coffee equipment

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.

Stay up to date by liking their Dose Facebook page.

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Why? High quality coffee
When: Mon-Fri 6am-4pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm
Where: Dose Espresso Cafe, Willoughby
Cost: $15-20
Your Comment
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
by sam12 (score: 0|8) 2762 days ago
The"kopi luwak" is over rated and over priced.
by inero (score: 2|106) 2898 days ago
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.
by Tinti (score: 0|2) 2881 days ago
Their website is just a photo?
by signu (score: 0|4) 2808 days ago
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