Saturday, January 10, 2015

Brewristas, Glebe

Something I'm bringing over from last year to this year (and forever) is my obsession with filter coffee. I especially can't get enough of Ethiopia Yigracheffe cold drips! The fruity and floral flavours of the coffee from that region is so vibrant. I've been eyeing a particular Glebe specialty coffee joint for a while now that specialises in cold brew coffee. It goes by the name of Brewristas.
Simon a.k.a @Coffeeguru_

Filter Brewmaster Kevin

My buddy Simon D aka @Coffeeguru_ is one of the baristas at Brewristas and the person that has put this place on my radar. Soon as I found out that they are doing cold brews blended with lemon or tea, the coffee geek in me just wanted to visit them ASAP! So some food lovin' buddies of mine and I went to check them out at the beginning of the year.

This joint has a mixture of vintage and industrial fit out. Aside from the Synesso machine set-up at the shopfront, they also have a sleek brew bar at the back. The bar showcases v60 pour overs, a black EK43 grinder, siphons, steampunk and a neon blue-lited fridge for their cold brews! I was like a kid in a toy store!

The Drinks
Piccolo latte

The house blend used for their milk-based coffees is Sensory Lab's steadfast blend. I had a piccolo latte ($3.30) prepared by Simon and it tasted amazing! It had a medium to full body with sweet notes of milk chocolate. The textured milk's temperature was perfect.

We tried the cold brews prepared by Kevin:

Cold brew

We started with their current coffee cold brew ($9), which is a cold drip of Ethiopia Yigracheffe coffee roasted by Brewrista themselves. It was a little bit floral with fruity and chocolate sweet notes with medium body.

Then we had their brewtea ($10), which was a blend of the above mentioned cold drip coffee and a cold drip of black tea. The lovely aroma of lychee was quite strong. It was sweet with notes of stonefruits and lychee.

Their brewmonade ($10) is their popular cold brew and I could understand why. It was sweet, citrusy and refreshing! I could keep going but I didn't want to get too caffeinated and start bouncing off the walls.
The nutella frappe ($7) tasted as great as it looked! It was heavy with an intense  gianduja (chocolate & hazelnut paste) flavour and I love intense chocolate hazelnut flavours! If you want to take it to the next level, they also have the ultimate nutella frappe ($10) that has additional condensed milk and brownie.

The Food
Coconut poached chicken salad ($16): with spinach, fennel, coriander, watercress, topped with fried shallots, drizzled with a pomegranate infused lemon dressing

Let me start by saying that the grilled eggplant stack ($14) was amazing! It also had grilled zucchini, roasted tomato, mushrooms, Thai pesto, bocconcini, sweet potato pureé with additional chorizo ($3 extra). The soft textures with the creamy, caramelised and sweet flavours is addictive. The chorizo gives a nice garlicy and salty flavour contrast in this dish. This is a must for anyone who loves eggplant like myself.

Then there's the delicious Kevin's balls (4 pieces for $10). The awesomeness of these balls starts with the crispy shim ramyun crust, which is then followed by the juicy and spicy roast pork belly and kimchi on the inside. The sweet potato adds extra sweetness to balance out the flavours and the tofu gives a contrast silky texture.
When bacon & egg roll gets together with the korean pancake known as hotteok, a delicious open sandwich beauty called Porky Pig's hotteok ($15) is born! The hotteok itself is similar to a doughy bakpia/hopia rather than the traditional flakey pancake and is used as buns in this dish. The honey jam gives a delicious sweet flavour that compliments the salty bacon. The poached egg had a perfect runny yolk. The guacamole and habanero mayo gave it a nice twist. The rocket gave a good fresh balance to the dish.

There is no doubt that their milk-based and filter coffee is excellent. The food is not only delicious but innovative too. Brewristas is a great addition to the Glebe neighbourhood and Sydney cafe scene.

73 Glebe Point Road
Glebe NSW
Trading hours

Monday to Friday:
8:00am to 2:00pm
6:00pm to 10:00pm
9:00am to 12:00pm
9:00am to 9:00pm

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  1. I want that nutella frappe. I mean, who is even that generous with nutella scooping? Dying here :P

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. Boy oh boy that eggplant stack!! I wouldn't mind hoeing into Kevin's balls either..hehehe :)

  3. omg that nutella frappe was da bomb!

  4. Kevin's Balls look mighty tasty! Haha. And why not wash it all done with that nutella frappe. YUM!

  5. I'm so glad to have you keeping me up to date on all the new places in Sydney. Food looks great and I love the concept behind the brewtea and brewmonade. Very clever!

    Nutella Frappe is KILLING ME! #want

  6. I'll definitely upgrade to the ultimate Nutella frappe! Great review as always, Raff!

  7. Argh still haven't been even though I live so close. Also names that are a serious drawcard coffee guru and Denny!

  8. Ok so hooow gooood is that Brew Tea! Next time I'm there I'm ordering the nutella frappe, hot damn.

  9. Oooh, the eggplant looks soooo good! I'll have to indulge in that while the husband has the coffee - unfortunately I'm not much of a coffee person!


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