Find five of Sydney’s best coffee spots in The Rocks
There is nothing quite like a good cup of coffee. Rich, aromatic and warming – pure comfort in a cup. Thanks to our multicultural migrant history, Australia has a diverse and proud coffee culture, especially in Sydney. To experience five of Sydney’s best coffees, just take a short walk down George Street and wander on up to The Rocks.
ASLAN COFFEE ROASTERS
Bringing diverse, complex and bold flavours to The Rocks, ASLAN Coffee Roasters source their coffee beans solely from the Indonesian Archipelago – before roasting them locally in St Peters.
The islands of Indonesia have a reputation for some of the best coffee in the world, and after a visit to ASLAN, it’s not hard to see why. Taste the heavy body and sweet overall impression of coffee from Java (the origin of the coffee nickname), smooth and supple to the last drop. Sip slowly and let the notes of cocoa, tobacco, smoke, earth and cedar wood from Sumatran beans reveal themselves on your palate. Savour the nutty, warm spice notes of cinnamon or cardamom in a Sulawesi sip, with hints of black pepper waiting to be found.
The espresso bar at ASLAN showcases a house blend and single origin coffees on rotation, and coffees made using brewing methods such as batch brew, cold brew and nitro are also available.
Coming from a family of master roasters and blenders in Roma, Italy, Ron Danieli knows how to make a good coffee. Roasted daily in small batches, Danieli coffee is full of flavour and aroma. Not content just to serve one of the finest in-house espresso coffees in Sydney, Café Danieli also supplies freshly roasted whole beans direct to the public, ground to order.
Danieli’s Arabicas provide a combination of clean lively flavours and elegant acidity, while the Robusta provides a hint of nut and a solid crema, adding to the underlying strength and complexity of character. Sit back and relax with a fine, complex coffee with full body and a long, lingering nutty and chocolaty palate with no bitter aftertaste.
THE FINE FOOD STORE
Tucked away in The Rocks’ oldest laneway, The Fine Food Store is a hidden gem and a bit of a local secret, beloved by its neighbours for over a decade. From cold-brewed to single origin espresso, The Fine Food Store prides itself on quality at every step, from sourcing and green bean buying to roasting and brewing.
All of the coffee here is roasted in-house, and with a rotating menu of single-origin brews, every day is different. Experiment with unique flavours and discover the story of each origin, guided by a seriously knowledgeable team of passionate baristas.
Stay a while and enjoy some very fine food with your brew, including the cult-favourite chilli con carne.