Living the life of a freelance writer in (sometimes) sunny Sydney.
Published November 3rd 2012
Long macchiatos do exist in Sydney
Apparently one should not drink a long macchiato if residing in Sydney. Why you ask? Because they seem to be as rare as hens teeth in this city. After eight long months of drinking flat whites or short macchiatos, I finally found a joint that made one, and a good one at that.
When I first stumbled upon The Lab, located in the Hunter Connection (between Wynyard station and Pitt Street) just after 9.00am one weekday morning, it was bustling. A queue is always good I thought as I joined the crowd of caffeine deprived people. It turns out I was right - the coffee was beautiful. My long macchiato was rich and sharp with just the right amount of milk, and the flat whites and cappuccinos looked just as good.
With coffees priced at $3.50, The Lab is not the cheapest in the area but definitely not the most expensive and even if they were, the coffee warrants the price. They also offer a mouthwatering range of muffins and friands, also priced at $3.50 and judging from the sharp decrease in baked goods left at 2.00pm, they are popular. The staff are friendly as well – it only took a few days for them to know my order, which always scores them a point in my books.
The Lab in Pitt Street is definitely a great place to grab a takeaway on your way to work or to the shops. It is just a shame you can't sit and enjoy with one of their delicious muffins. Still, The Lab has my vote.
The Lab also has cafes in Edgecliffe, Martin Place, Neutral Bay and Sutherland. Looks like they are going on the to-do list.