Tag Archives: Espresso

Handcrafted Espresso Cups

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These beautiful espresso cups were a belated birthday gift from my dear friend Kylie (and today is HER birthday–Happy Birthday, Kylie!), who is known for (among other things), 4:30am trips to the Sydney Flower Markets, 7:30am coffee drop offs, stunning creations on her blog, All Things Lovely, and abundant Pinning. The espresso cups were handcrafted Continue reading

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Circa Cafe, Parramatta

Flat White, S/O Brazilian – $3

I’ve been stopping by this little place nearly every day on the way to work.

Circa Cafe is tucked away in a little converted garage between two buildings on Wentworth Street in Parramatta (behind Westfield).  Decked in Bohemian chic, always friendly, and nearly Melbournian – this cafe serves up pretty quality espresso and food.

French Toast with Fresh Rhubarb & Pear Compote – $5

The simple, wholesome menu is not ordinary cafe-fare; written on butchers paper at the front entrance with daily specials scrawled on the tiles.

                               Double ristretto, S/O Brazilian – $2.5

My strong flat white is a perfect start to the day; and the espresso is perfectly extracted giving a delightful pucker in my cheeks as I slurp.

Circa Cafe
21 Wentworth Street
Parramatta, NSW 2150
0414 477 812

 

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Campos @ Coco

If you weren’t already aware of Campos Coffee’s presence in the CBD of Parramatta, this post is for you.

Interestingly, I had only heard rumors of a hidden cafe near the train station which served up Campos at high quality.

 

Last Tuesday in a fit of spontaneity I headed to Parra to shop and check out said cafe.

Crossing the street from Westfield towards Macca’s, I veer left down the alley-street parallel to the trains, passing half a dozen convenience stores and average looking cafes and salons.  I began to wonder if the place existed til the very end of the street – and emerged the cafe, Coco Lane Coffee Bar in all it’s decorative beauty and proudly flourishing the Campos florette logo.

A lone barista worked rhythmically behind the bar, taking batch orders of 3 or 4 before returning to pull shots and spin milk.  I am not sure of the total association of Coco Lane with Campos but I was pleasantly surprised to see their identity everywhere, from the walls and t-shirts to the signature green florette take away cups.

I ordered a latte and a ham, cheese & tomato toasted sandwich at an amazing value – $7.00!  That’s right. Great coffee and a breakfast sandwich or wrap for $7.00.  Several deals of such price and nature grace the menu board for lunch and breakfast.

Although the sandwich is average, the coffee is excellent – only a little bettered by the one I had at Campos in Newtown two weeks before.

Pleased I found this cafe, and I will definitely be making it a staple of my trips to Parra in the future!!

You can find Coco Lane Coffee Bar at:

1 Smith Street
Parramatta NSW 2150
(02) 9635 6651

It also has a sister cafe in the lobby of the office complex on Smith street – Limeline Cafe.

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