Air Coffee, Castle Hill


Where, oh where is my fresh morning Air?

This post has been a long time coming.  Air Coffee has been the closely guarded secret of professional and dilettante coffee enthusiasts since its opening — and rightfully so; it is arguably the best coffee west of the bridge. 


Air is an established Sydney roaster, but their retail space is new – a venture in the front of their roasting facility housed in an industrial warehouse off Victoria Avenue, Castle Hill.

Across the street from the RTA is an unlikely spot for a cafe of this calibre – step inside and you’re transported to Surry Hills.

The cafe space is clean and cool – with a section for brew education & where they hold weekly cuppings on Thursdays. I hope to make it to one of these soon.

The baristas at Air are pros and extremely knowledgable.  They specialise in alternative brew methods (aeropress, pour over, siphon) – and in these methods they really shine.  The espresso is superior to most I’ve had as well; I have yet to have a coffee at Air I didn’t love!

The cafe has a modest but delicious menu focussing on quality and whole foods.  A favourite is their Smoked Ham & Swiss Cheese Toasted Sandwich, probably the best of this kind of sandwich I’ve had.  Serious.

Smoked Ham & Swiss Cheese Toastie on Sourdough – $5

The sourdough toast comes with your choice from an assortment of gourmet Lyrebird Jams.  The sourdough is fresh and tart, and the Pear & Vanilla jam balances perfectly.

Sourdough Toast w/ Lyrebird Jams – $5

Chai Latte

My friend opted for the Chai latte, which I didn’t taste, but he enjoyed.  I broke from my latte habit for the siphon, but I only have a picture of the aftermath!

Siphon Brew Coffee – $6-8

Air Coffee
1/10 Salisbury Road
Castle Hill, NSW 2154
(02) 8850 4017
http://www.aircoffee.com

 

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