In St Mary's, before you get to the new Southern Expressway entries and tucked away off the beaten track behind the Stratco, is the new industrial style La Crema Reserve Roastery.
On their Facebook page, they claim to be "a collection of the finest coffees the world has to offer. It's where we uniquely roast for each individual lot and experiment with coffee, from brewing, aging, infusing and blending" - and they're right.
If you've been to see Tony and his team before, you'll remember that their original little cafe section was small - quaint and homey, but small. This new cafe is a significant size up on their last space with a VIP section (where you can pay a yearly fee to participate in the rewards program), a dedicated kid's room complete with cartoons and mini armchairs; incredible coffee-related displays hanging from the roof and walls; a bean selection area where they'll grind and bag what you need and a larger section of outdoor seating, so if you bring your four-legged pal, you'll fit right in. (*note to parents/carers - if you're bringing kids, don't let them loose as there are things on shelves that are breakable and in easy reach for little fingers*)
Though not convinced that a 'plate' of muesli with a cup of milk on the side is practical enough to be trendy, the food was good, the service was great and there wasn't a long wait for either and if you're after just a quick coffee-to-go, there is a great little takeaway window that lets you avoid the larger crowds inside.
The vibe at the new La Crema Reserve Roastery is buzzing (this could possibly be all the caffeine being consumed) and it has a friendly feel as Tony comes around and makes sure that each customer is being looked after and enjoying themselves. There is also lots of new things to check out - like this past Valentine's Day, there was even live music in the cafe. Keep your eyes peeled for more as they continue to make their mark on St Marys and the surrounding suburbs.