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Haven Cafe

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by Sarah Han (subscribe)
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Published May 10th 2015
A haven for coffee lovers
Newly opened Haven cafe in Surry Hills is a coffee-lover's dream. The point of difference here is that you can tailor coffee to your palate. You can ask for more body, more sweetness, or whatever you fancy.

haven cafe surry hills filter coffee
Chocolaty filter coffee

I try the filter coffee, which is made to order. The single origin beans are roasted by Jake Hu in Taiwan. For the filter coffee, you have a choice of fruity, nutty, chocolatey or barista's pick. I go for the chocolaty, and am presented with a beautiful glass bottle of steaming hot coffee.

haven cafe surry hills specialty coffee barista
The barista making filter coffee

House blend coffees are roasted by Single Origin, which are used if you're having your coffee espresso-style. All coffees are accompanied by a bowl of tiny raisins that are intended to match your coffee experience. Taste some of the raisins between sips, and you'll get even more out of the coffee notes.

haven cafe surry hills coffee
Latte and piccolo

We order the autumn hash, a lovely dish of braised lamb, celeriac, pickled red cabbage, poached egg, and pumpkin. The lamb has intense flavours of spices and marries well with the delicious celeriac.

haven cafe surry hills specialty coffee autumn hash
Autumn hash

The roasted plum parfait is our next choice, which is a beautifully presented dish. The plum parfait is full of vibrant plum flesh, and I love that it's not too sweet. Sliced oranges, grapefruit and kiwi are scattered across the bottom, adding acidity. Coconut sago, desiccated coconut, raisins, and fresh mint are also featured. It's a light and fresh dish, where pops of sweetness only crop up from the raisins.

haven cafe surry hills plum parfait
Roasted plum parfait

For dessert we share the soy chai pannacotta, which is too heavy on gelatine for me. Otherwise it's nicely wobbly, and it's rich in chai flavours. But the highlight for me is the broken up pistachio brittle, adding crunch, nuttiness and sweetness. Blobs of tart berry sauce also adorn the plate.

haven cafe surry hills chai pannacotta
Soy chai pannacotta

Other sweets like muffins and apple turnovers are displayed at the counter to tempt you.

Located on Chalmers Street, the bright cafe is heavily branded with Haven logos, but the decor is welcoming and minimalist. Light wooden tones are matched with whites and some blues. 40s music augment the chilled out vibe.

haven cafe surry hills coffee
Haven Cafe

haven cafe surry hills filter coffee tasting notes
Tasting notes of my filter coffee
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Why? Tailor your coffee to your tastes
When: Mon - Fri 7am to 4pm, Sat - Sun 8am - 4pm
Phone: 02 9281 9300
Where: 30-34 Chalmers St, Surry Hills, NSW
Cost: Around $20 per person
Your Comment
Looks like a fun experience for coffee lovers. Like you Sarah, I hear the call of the Chocolatey filter coffee.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4065) 1439 days ago
the coffees would be interesting ro try.
by inero (score: 2|106) 1439 days ago
Looks special, and very beautiful. On my list for the next visit to the harbour city :-)
by Gina Boothroyd (score: 1|95) 1438 days ago
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