Yep, I'm a self-confessed coffee addict and geek. In spite of my existing preferred blends and roasters, I'm always on the look out for new brews in town. I've been following Shoji and Dan's work for a while now. Soon as I heard that two of Sydney's award winning SMH Good Cafe Guide best baristas (Shoji 2012 and Dan 2013) were about to open their new joint, I was so stoked!
Just a few days before Christmas 2014, Artificer Specialty Coffee Bar and Roasters officially opened it's doors in Bourke Street, Surry Hills. They went with the minimalist-style fit out and they serve "coffee only" in the premises. The blends and single origins are roasted by the dynamic duo and cold brews from Salvage are also available. Equipped with a sleek Synesso machine, an EK43 grinder, a drip coffee brewers for batch, and pour over manual filters with a badass drip stand, there is no doubt they are all about that serious coffee biz.
I opted for a Kenya Muwa on manual filter pour over ($6) as it's an excellent season for Kenya coffee at the moment. It was light and juicy. Once it cools down the sweetness and notes of stonefruits come through more with nice acidity. The flavours linger a bit with every sip.
I can't leave without trying their house blend right? I had it as a piccolo latte ($3.80) and wow! I was very impressed with every sip. The sweet and creamy Jersey cow milk carried the amazing fruity notes nicely. The acidity was vibrant and the floral notes at the end caressed my palate. It was one of the best piccolo lattes I've had. If you like fruity coffees like I do, then this bad boy is for you!
You can only expect greatness from the Artificer boys. Every cup I've had was excellent and I will surely come back for more!
Artificer Coffee Bar and Roastery
546 Bourke Street
Surry Hills NSW
Tuesday to Saturday 7am - 2pm
Sunday 8am - 2pm