The element heater gives off the right amount of heat to warm the area. There I was, tucked away in a little brick fortress of 'coffee-tude' (instead of solitude), while the winds razored through everyone's layers outside on the street. This feels good for me.
Where was I? Sydney Road. "Wait..." I hear you ask, "Speciality coffee on Sydney Road?" You bet.
If you have the right kind of person with the right kind of passion in a specialty coffee cafe then there is next to no room for the nectar to taste bad. Steve Calipari and Andrew Ridley are the heads behind Half Penny and they have a coffee adventure history that reads like a Marvel or DC prologue to a super hero, okay that might be an exaggeration, but there are no jokes when it comes to their experience and passion.
Their house blend is roasted by Gridlock Coffee and tweaked to perfection for Half Penny, they also have guest roasts from Proud Mary too.
Espresso. House blend - Gridlock Coffee Well this little dollop of awesome was a great contrast to the dull weather outside. It was well-balanced and smooth. Not too tart but had enough fire to warm me up. It had a light oily mouth feel that rounded it off nicely.
Espresso. Honey Suckle - Proud Mary Then she walked in the door and she fit right in, like she had been there all along. The Honey Suckle, my goodness. Sweet berries, springs of citrus and maybe even...a small dip of honey. A curvy body in all the right places.