So as many of you are now well aware, I am a self-confessed coffee snob (Hi I'm Ben and I am an addict. I only enjoy the best coffee. In order to achieve this, it needs to be made with the right combination of beans (or single origin - I like Ethiopian), roasted correctly, aged (for between 7-10 days), ground correctly and then extracted perfectly (over extraction will make it taste bitter and burnt, under and it will not taste full bodied and losses its rich creaminess). So usually, when in Newtown I either have to walk/drive to Marrickville for a decent cup of coffee.
D'ough Espresso Bar opened up seven weeks ago on busy King Street. The seemingly innocuous hole-in-the-wall cafe was simply a convenient option, but boy oh boy, was I blown away by their coffee.
They were brewing with Di Lorenzo coffee. A locally roasted (#marrickville) coffee that possesses a hint of sharpness on the tip of the tongue - a great structure and body but deep in flavour with a rich chocolate, nutty overtone. It has a lasting, pleasant aftertaste, without bitterness.
They served my double machiatto in a small black porcelain cup with a glass of water (the perfect accompaniment). Only whilst waiting for the coffee did I notice the plethora of bread, sweets and cakes, all handmade (not sure if it is on site). They all looked amazing and the people I saw looked like they were in heaven (or Nirvana, Valhalla, Mt Olympus, Pearly Gates or Purgatory for all you politically correct folk out there).
Everything was very reasonably priced from $3 for a coffee (back to 2000 prices!), fresh bread at $6-9 dollars a loaf and variously priced sweet deliciousness. This wasn't even a place I had considered reviewing, but a surprise encounter with good coffee MUST be shared.
They are all lovely and friendly inside and it is conveniently located in the middle of King Street (just up towards Sydney Uni, from the Dendy). Parking can be a nightmare if you are driving here on a weekend, but there is a convenient hidden car-park on Wilson Street (just behind the church). Navigating your way around all the various one-way streets can take a bit of getting used to, but once you have got it, you look like a local!