Beecroft has steadily morphed into a trendy and lively hub from a sleepy little town. Such is the impact of urban sprawl. There's an allure to the suburb greater than just the postcode to get into the state's top schools, and that's its café and dining scene.
Three weeks ago a newbie, Harvest Café, opened its doors and this weekend I found the time to take my parents out for breakfast and give it a go. With so much competition in Beecroft, I was a little dubious about this new café yet cautiously optimistic.
The café has maximised their space well. Though small in size, it feels bright and airy. The décor consists of white walls and light-coloured wooden accents.
There is a large window allowing natural light to pour into the café. Running along the length of the window is a bench with bar stool seating, great for the single diner. There's a cushioned bench seat running down one side of the café where you'll find tables and seating for couples or small groups. There is also a couple of tables out the front of the café.
A friendly young waiter provided us with water to sip soon after we were seated while we made our menu selections. (Side note: there is sparkling water on tap here. Very cool. Or am I getting old?) I love strong coffee and I'm primarily an espresso drinker. However, I'm always apprehensive ordering a double espresso from establishments I am unfamiliar with. There's no hiding a bad bean or poor barista with an espresso. The tiniest extraction error, the slightest singe, or a dirty machine, will all filter through into the coffee; and there's no milk or sweetener to mask the taste with an espresso. My Mum had her usual almond milk, half strength, flat white - the polar opposite to my double - and Dad a flat white.
Coffee was delivered to us promptly after ordering and they added a coffee card explaining where my coffee was from and what flavours to expect. The beans of choice here at Harvest are Five Senses.
Espresso made with Five Senses coffee. Beans from Guatemala.
My, did the barista and the beans deliver. Topped with velvety crema was a full-bodied espresso. For want of a better explanation on the flavour I have to quote the card here which said; expect complex upfront flavours of key lime, a raspberry-fudge mouthfeel and a sweet, lingering finish. My Mum and Dad both enjoyed their coffees also, with my Mum quite impressed that the flavour was still full on her half-strength coffee.
The food arrived shortly after. My parents ordered poached eggs and bacon whereas I opted for the breakky burger. My burger came with egg, bacon, avocado, halloumi, tamarind chutney and rocket. The burger was as palatable as it was inviting to the eye. Deliciously light to eat, non-greasy and nutritious: I have found my new before work breakfast if I find myself with the luxury of time. My parents described their eggs as poached to perfection and Mum loved the crispy bacon which she had requested.
Dad and I decided to order another coffee after we ate; this time opting for a long black and a cold brew respectively. The cold brew was from Tanzania and was quite different from the espresso yet equally flavoursome.
Cold Brew coffee from Tanzania. Flavours of black tea and caramel tart, a winey sweet mouthful and a crisp, short aftertaste.
The only thing customers may find lacking at this new establishment is their relatively small menu. You will, however, find the staples on the menu, yoghurt and muesli, eggs on toast, bacon and egg roll, breakky burger, and a range of sides. I'm sure if you want to see more variety on the menu you could make some suggestions as their chefs are obviously talented.
The friendly service combined with the delectable food and drink is establishing this café as a firm staple of Beecroft. Open Monday - Saturday 6:30 am - 2 pm. I will be popping in more often, even if just for a velvety takeaway for my morning commute.
Update: Harvest Speciality Coffee has now extended their trading hours until 4:30pm and also includes a lunch menu and daily baked treats. Looking forward to sampling their extended menu. They are still open Monday - Saturday from 6:30am daily and I still enjoy a velvety double espresso and the occasional breakfast when I have time - such is the high consistency of their barista and chef.
I liked your article and as I am a expresso lover would like to give the place a go. However I use train travel to get around and your article made no mention of the location of the cafe to a railway station. This will not deter me of traveling to Beecroft but I will have to take this a step further and google it my self. Please do not take this as a criticism only a small suggestion to myself and other oldies to encourage us to get up and go easier.