It’s on again
the COFFEE uncovered. Championship 2018
Coffee is the name and taste on everyone’s lips, with 56 cafés from Manly to Palm Beach taking part. Cafés are calling on customers to vote for their favourite venue.
The choices for the punter’s votes are:
Best Tasting Coffee
The café with the most votes will win the ultimate Coffee UnCOVERED. 2018 Championship Crown.
Voting will can be done in-house in the cafés or via the COVERED. website www.coveredhub.com.au - Vote now!
What’s up for grabs? Five lucky winners will win six months worth of free coffee from the winning category cafés plus a $200 KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker.
Defending champions, and former Coffee Kings from COVERED.’s 2016 competition, Hemingway’s Manly, know all too well the need to get customers voting, supporting and spreading the word about their venue.
The team at Hemingway’s told COVERED. they’re up for the challenge of defending their title - so cafés, get you’re A-game on!
Over four weeks in October and November, hospitality Baristas will battle it out in a series of Café Latte Art lock-in nights. Baristas will be showing their artistic skills with a free pour
and drawing wand display of fine Latte art. Be prepared for some truly spectacular creations.
The hospitality Lock-in nights will be held at:
Oliver’s Twist, Dee Why on October 16th
Twenty-Four, Dee Why Beach on October 23rd
Rukus by Night, Avalon on October 30th
Hemingway’s, Manly on November 5th
So coffee drinkers get voting and baristas make sure to perfect those creative skills as the rounds begin.
A massive hospitality awards night will conclude the Coffee UnCOVERED. Championship at Hotel Steyne on November 13th.
Avalons Organics are the new kids on the coffee scene, having opened in only late September. They’re off to a killer start though, having already established a killer takeaway trade with their location right on the street, perfect for catching those wayward passersby; locals and tourists alike. Their house blend is Avalons Organics, which has a sweet, dark, earthy flavour. Their most popular coffee is their latte - stop by for one next time you’re down in Avalon, and see what the talk is all about!
25 Avalon Parade Avalon
Chill Bar Avalon
Chill Bar, despite the name, is the sunniest, warmest nook in all of Avalon. It’s a meeting spot that locals flock to, on their little corner, to catch up with each other and with the sports that stream on a 24/7 sport’s channel. The staff always love a chat and happily welcome all their loyal customers - locals, mums and bubs, tradies, coffee connoisseurs and holiday makers alike. They use a Schibello roast, the flavour being dark chocolate, toasted almonds and caramel. Their most popular coffee is a piccolo and a strong flat white, but the clincher is their homemade gelato, made with a secret family recipe.
74 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon Beach
Nourished Wholefoods Café
The staff at Nourished want you to feel like you’re lounging in your living room, as you slowly enjoy one of their signature cappuccinos. They use a Campos Organic Espresso blend but it’s about a lot more than great coffee at Nourished... it’s
about making their regulars happy. The friendly baristas know they’ve got the power to start your day right, with a smile
and by simply remembering your order, exactly as you like it. The passion of the barista shines through and makes each
cup that much sweeter. They offer cold drip, which they run through coconut water, and you can see being made in
a glass, Willy-Wonka-esque vessel. Whether you take your coffee with almond milk, extra hot or however else, the team
at Nourished know it’s about more than the coffee. All that passion and community is part of the café experience.
17 Avalon Parade Avalon
Swell - the unofficial centre of the universe. Having established itself inextricably within Avalon’s coffee culture for ten years now, it’s been the place of brokered business deals, meeting couples and proposals alike. It’s the sense of community and trust that fuels this little café in Avalon’s centre, as well as the friendly baristas that are always ready with a chat and a smile. Their baristas choose the Allpress Espresso blend, which has a well rounded, sweetly balanced but complex taste. Give their flat white a try, as you come down and witness this little slice of life from the comfort of your table.
74 Old Barrenjoey Rd Avalon
Alma Avalon is a little café in the heart of this bustling beachside community that thrives on
its strong community feel. The roaring log fire draws you in, making you want to kick up your feet and savour a hot drink after a long day… almost as though you’re coming home to your own living room. The small floral arrangements and pickled jar decorations, paired with light, minimalist decor, complete the homely feeling - but it wouldn’t be a home without the friendly baristas that make Alma the local family that it is.
You can start your mornings the right way here too, with a smile and a takeaway coffee bright and early. Their signature house blend is Abundance from The Bean Index, which has a robust taste with plenty of body. With other cafés opting for lighter roasts, Alma’s Bean Index is designed to cut through the milk.
It has a smooth cacao finish with an initial sweetness, and, as their head barista and co-founder Harry puts it, is “fantastic with milk, fantastic espresso, fantastic long black…”. But personally, he’d recommend giving their long black a try. But don’t stop there - their Mexican food is a must! The easy going local café transforms into a vibrant, relaxed place to dine after dusk, and you’ll be treated to some deliciously rich, delicate tastes as you sample their Australian-Mexican menu. •
47 Old Barrenjoey Road Avalon Beach | www.almaavalon.com.au
Relish is the gem of North Avalon. Nestled comfortably amidst quiet streets, the tables sprawl out onto the sunlit street, making for an easy, relaxed place to enjoy your coffee on a lazy weekend morning. Their baristas have a similar easy liveliness about them, and you’ll feel like a part of this little family as they pride themselves on the care and energy of their service. They roast their own blend, called No Label coffee, which has a deep, rich, choc-hazelnut flavour with lots of body, and an intriguing story behind its origins that begin in Vanuatu. Come down and chill out, read the newspaper and savour a long black.
1 North Avalon Rd Avalon
The Sneaky Grind
Sneaky Grind has created its very own slice of Melbourne lane way café life right in the heart of Avalon. Using ‘Humbler’ by Proud Mary coffee roasters as their house blend, creating a chocolate fudge latte and a rich, syrupy sweet espresso, plus an alternating range of single origin filter coffees that can provide the perfect caffeine creation for sleep-deprived parents, early bird tradies, city commuters and surfers alike. Bring a mate and play some chess or browse the racks in the surf shop, full of unique, independent Australian brands. Alternatively, you can buy yourself a Keep Cup, with all proceeds going to local mental health charity Avalon 180, and meander over to Avalon Beach.
48 Old Barrenjoey Rd Avalon
What’s better than a luscious cup of coffee? A luscious cup of coffee made in a Kombi van on top of a headland, of course! Classic Coffee is one-of-a-kind, serving Gabriel Coffee to surfers and locals in Avalon every weekday morning, and travelling across the Beaches for events and functions every weekend. Their coffee is complex and layered, tasting of buttery hazelnuts and dark chocolate with a sweet overtone. What’s more, the Classic Coffee baristas can provide a priceless surf report or sunrise with every coffee.
MOBILE COFFEE & FUNCTIONS
Fuel Espresso is something of a godsend for early risers, serving Campos coffee from 5:00am, Monday to Saturday. Fuel’s baristas are experts, creating a perfectly balanced beverage that is smooth and sweet in black and milky coffees alike. For something a little different, why not try their cold drip coffee? It’s chocolatey, intense and refreshing, perfect for hot summer days. Unsurprisingly, Fuel’s staff are friendly and will always greet you with a smile. What’s more, Fuel is dog-friendly, so bring your canine companion down for a puppy-cino.
Shop 2, 676 Pittwater Rd Brookvale
Barrel One Coffee Roasters
The coolest new venue in Brookvale, Barrel One Roasters. Where the hip and Brookvale office tribe go to indulge in great coffee, hangout and escape from the day to day grind. Barrel One Solera blend, combines a mix of Sumatran, Colombian and Guatemalan beans developed to cut through milky coffees, delivering a full-bodied, nutty coffee with notes of cocoa, hazelnut and a hint of apricot. The coffee really talks for itself, but it’s the vibe that your going to love, Industrial perfection the layout and awesome polished concrete bar give this place the look of a New York City meat packing district factory. Checkout their signature Toasties menu, headlined with the Ruben w/ grilled cheese or my favourite the Jalapeno cheddar w/ roasted capsicum & cornichons delish. Do yourself a favour, pop in and say hi to Dan and the team, taste the single origin long blacks and just chill.
22 Orchard Rd Brookvale
If you like your coffee fruity, rich and sweet, then you will love Espresso Head. They use a delicious blend of Campos Superior beans, sourced from Rwanda, El Salvador, and everywhere in between. Coffee connoisseurs can tantalise their tastebuds each month
with a new Single Origin coffee, roasted to perfection
and used in cold drips and milky coffees. As if delicious coffee wasn’t enough, you’ll be pleased to know that Espresso Head’s staff are some of the friendliest around. De-stress and re-caffeinate at this peaceful oasis.
11 Oaks Ave Dee Why
Hideout Coffee House
At Hideout Coffee House, one cup of coffee is never enough. This unique café uses Background Specialty Coffee, which is roasted with love right here on the Northern Beaches. Each latte, flat white and long black is distinctively smooth and sweet, a delectable blend of buttery chocolate and hazelnuts. Hideout’s customers are extremely loyal and will travel from up and down the peninsula to get their tasty fix - which says it all, really. Don’t believe us? Head there today and see for yourself.
30 Fisher Rd Dee Why
The Deck is fast becoming the go-to coffee venue, which is really not surprising considering their motto - ‘we drink espressos until it’s okay to drink martinis’. This swanky new restaurant sources their coffee locally, using the House Blend from Roseberry Street Roasters, in Balgowlah. These beans really pack a punch, combining chocolate, berry and fruit tasting notes into one delicious full-bodied brew. The Deck has recently been renovated, fitted out with decor that will transform your casual coffee date into an atmospheric experience.
23 The Strand Dee Why
Oliver’s Twist Espresso and Wine
A coffee oasis in the very heart of Dee Why’s building boom, Oliver’s Twist Espresso is an escape for locals serving Toby’s Estate coffee and being on a first name basis with many regulars.
The ‘local coffee shop with a soul’ is how they like to be known since opening five years ago and owner Ivana Kovarikova says she and her team pride themselves on having a vibrant, welcoming vibe.
She says the Toby’s Estate Broadway blend they serve has been instrumental in establishing the café’s reputation as a venue of choice in Dee Why. Specialty coffee is a rotation of seasonal single origins and they make Chemex filtered coffee to order.
Oliver’s Twist Espresso won the ‘Best Coffee’ category in the COVERED. Coffee Championship in 2016 and is hoping for similar success this year. The café is part of the ‘HEY YOU’ app so customers can order from their phones and just call in and collect.
Their deck and beautiful sunny outdoor area plus the great central location, right next to the almost completed Meriton development and minutes from shops, restaurants and transport links, makes Oliver’s Twist ideal for a breakfast, morning coffee or evening dinner at the weekend.
Ivana says she has a great team including chef and hospitality professional Anna Borna Kennedy, who is adding extra inspiration to the dishes and has been assisting in developing the new wine bar menus and events. She says credit for the café’s success must also go to hard-working manager Navdeep Singh, who has been part of the team since the café opened.
Surrounded by major construction works for the past two years, Oliver’s Twist is now embarking on a new phase with evening openings on Fridays and Saturdays and the launch of spring and summer menus. The evening menus include dishes like Baked Halloumi or Camembert, Chunky Guacamole, Antipasto Board and Chicken Taco to be enjoyed with wine, beers or an array of cocktails. There are live music nights and various events planned for the coming months.
The daytime menu has favourites like a bacon and egg roll, fruit toast and bircher muesli, a sausage taco, signature dish - roasted flat mushrooms on a sourdough with grilled halloumi, rocket, poached egg, tahini dressing and pepitas, and delicious Toby’s Estate coffee.
Oliver’s Twist supports local produce, welcomes Keep Cups and is reducing its bottled beverages. They serve PUREZZA premium still and sparkling water which is also the base for their home-made sodas.
Ivana opened Oliver’s Twist with her husband Oliver Kovarik after successfully building up Bacino Bar at Dee Why Beach which the couple opened in 2007. She says that with more than 20 year’s experience in hospitality, they both worked hard on creating a distinctive venue. Since the couple separated, Ivana is now sole owner of Oliver’s Twist.
She says the café is a great venue for birthday parties, functions and celebrations, as they can cater for up to 50 people with delicious finger foods or a buffet style menu and are fully licensed.
23 Howard Ave, Dee Why NSW 2099
(02) 8084 8603
Champion Roaster on the Beaches
The coffee focused Northern Beaches is home to specialty cafés offering much more than a latte or a flat white. But there is also increasing demand by coffee drinkers for a quality brew they can enjoy at home. And with champion roasters Danes on the doorstep in Brookvale, this need can be fully satisfied.
Australia’s top, award-winning Danes Specialty Coffee is right here on the peninsula and has been since 1994. Danes took the title of Australian Champion Roaster at this year’s Australian International Coffee Awards (AICA) international coffee roasting competition.
They also won Champion Milk Based coffee for the Mocha Gold blend and 2018 Champion Cold Brew for their Ethiopia Kochere plus a number of gold, silver and bronze medals. Their coffee is in cafés and homes across the Northern Beaches, Sydney, NSW and even further afield, with the team at Danes attributing their success to the fact their coffee is all about the flavour.
“Our Mission is to give our consumers a choice to define their flavour. We want to show them how coffee flavours can vary – through the expression of sweetness, aroma, body and finish - and to help them define their favourite flavour – regardless of whether they drink their coffee black or white,” explains Danes Managing Director, Paul Jackson.
He says that flavour is the focus of everything they do – from sourcing beans from farms across the world, to cupping, roasting, serving and training home enthusiasts, professional baristas and café owners; all in the name of producing the very best coffee. Danes has also found a way to separate and define different flavours so customers can easily identify their preferences.
“We have introduced a language on our packaging so we can explain the flavours involved by creating different tribes like the ‘chocolate and caramel’, ‘spice and nuts’ and ‘fruits and berries’ with some coffees having all three while others might just be dominated by one of these tribes,” adds Paul.
He says by creating this language for the consumers, they are better able to make a selection based on the tastes they enjoy and still experiment with new and varied flavours.
Paul says the success of the specialty coffee company is because everyone lives and breathes coffee with the result being an award-winning range of blends and single origins.
Danes has its own Nitro coffee brewed with the multi award-winning Four Elements. This silky smooth and clean way to experience coffee is perfect for the warmer months as a fast and convenient cold brew option, served on tap.
1995 - Danes opened its first Specialty Coffee House with over twenty coffees to choose from.
1999 - Danes opened the Danes Specialty Coffee Institute providing Barista training and setting new standards in coffee making.
2001 - The Danes Grand Barista Championship began.
2010 - They began the Danes Home Barista Competition.
2014 - DSCI became a Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) training campus and an official SCA Training Partner offering the SCA Internationally accredited coffee courses.
2015 & 2016 - They ran the Danes Grand Latte Art Championship.
2018 - In April of this year Danes opened their NEW concept store Infusion on Clarence in Sydney.
28 Dale St Brookvale | 02 9938 4522 | www.danes.com.au
Chill Bar Dee Why
Coffee and gelato, all in one place? No, you’re not dreaming - Chill Bar really does do both. Experienced coffee makers of twenty years and counting, their baristas choose Schibello Black Label coffee. Try a cappuccino at their beautiful beach side venue, where locals flock for the friendly vibes and the care and passion of their staff.
1/20 The Strand Dee Why Beach
The Beach Shed
The Beach Shed is the perfect summer café. Jump out of the water, stroll over to the renovated boat house, enjoy your coffee, then dive straight back in! The Beach Shed uses Daily Grind coffee, which is balanced and slightly acidic with a rich dark cocoa after-taste. Cappuccinos are frothed to perfection, and long blacks pack a powerful punch. The stunning coffee is rivalled only by the café’s panoramic view of Dee Why and Long Reef headland - it’s little wonder why the staff are always so happy.
South End of Dee Why Beach, Dee Why
The Nook Wholefoods + Forage Wholefoods
The Nook & Forage Wholefoods are the brain child of Adam Cummings. Two beautifully designed cafés in Avalon and Elanora Heights. These home away from home locations use Solera Blend from Barrel One Roasters. Sourced via direct trade, the beans come from smaller farms and are ethically sourced. Passionate from farm through to the final product. Adam offers biodynamic dairy and organic house-made, non-dairy milk alternatives to ensure they know what goes in every cup. Food is medicine for the body and soul. “We do things a little differently; we are completely refined sugar free, preservative free, and processed oils free. We use all organic ingredients and make everything in-house. I believe people truly can taste and feel the difference,” says Adam. Raw treats, superfood smoothie, Forage bowls or an Early burg, the popular brekky burger, are just some of the foodie delights and receive a free coffee if you purchase a Keep Cup. The ethos is all about the planet’s sustainability and reusable eco-friendly products shine out in the organic grocer, right next door to Forage in Avalon. Friendly crew in both locations, a must on the to-do weekend list.
Shop 2/69 Kalang Rd Elanora Heights
1 Hilltop Road Avalon
Albert & Moore
The café competition in Freshwater is tough, but Albert & Moore has outlasted almost all other venues - so you know it’s good! Single O Roasters provide Albert & Moore with the Paradox roast, which is seasonally adjusted to create a delicious tasting profile. The current blend is light and smooth, tasting of berry, bittersweet chocolate and hints of spice, perfectly paired with dairy or vegan milk alike. The cherry on top of this delicious coffee is that Albert & Moore can deliver straight to your door.
2 Moore Rd Freshwater www.albertandmoore.com.au
Staple Bread Necessities
If you haven’t heard, there’s a secluded little Bakery in Seaforth called Staple Bread & Necessities. James Partington heads up a friendly team of bakery chaps who make beautiful bread and pastries. They just also happen to make a darn fine coffee to boot. They use Deluca sweet spot blend which is designed for milky coffees and have just introduced stamped paper lids. All the cups are biodegradable, so drop by and pick up a fine brew and have a delicious pastry.
20-28 Montauban Ave, Seaforth
Bella Vista Manly
The only thing that’s better than coffee, is coffee with a view. And there is no view better than the one at Bella Vista Manly, which is nestled within North Head Sanctuary and overlooks Sydney Harbour. Bella Vista uses Toby’s Estate Coffee, which is a favourite amongst coffee enthusiasts and newbies alike for its aromatic blend of spice, earth, cocoa and caramel. Customers are a mix of loyal locals and excited tourists, united over their love of good coffee and stunning landscapes. Just watch out for swooping kookaburras!
203 North Head Scenic Dr Manly
Brezel Bar is well-known in Manly for its delicious German Brezels, breads and many other baked goods – all made from European flours which are much lower in gluten. But did you know that their coffees are just as tasty? Brezel baristas use Seven Miles Gusto coffee, a smooth, strong blend of three South American beans, tasting of dark chocolate and hazelnut and pairing perfectly with milk. Brezel Bar is popular with families and has a loyal following of locals who crave an authentic Brezel and a coffee. They say they were also the first café in Manly to offer Keep Cup discounts, so make sure to bring yours.
5A Raglan St Manly
Twenty Four Bar & Restaurant
Stunning beach views and a sun-soaked seating area make Twenty Four the perfect place to stop for a coffee or a meal.
Serving coffee from Three Pence Roasters plus Turmeric and Chai Lattes, this beachy café/restaurant offers a bright, relaxing spot to enjoy a brew with friends or escape from life’s hectic whirlwind pace.
Cappuccinos, flat whites and lattes are their top three coffees and the team of experienced baristas ensure each cup is worth savouring as it’s poured to perfection.
Owners Jen Purll and Jordan Thurlow have created a haven of casual beach chic dining complete with beautiful round marble tables, a predominately white interior and comfortable blue bench seating.
Since opening in December last year, Jordan says they are delighted with the reaction they have been getting from customers. “We have focused on locals and we are getting a really positive response with people coming back and bringing friends and family. We are getting to know customers and they are getting to know us,” he explains.
Most of the crew front and back of house have worked together for a long time in other venues so great service is assured and the relaxed vibe has customers coming back again and again.
Open Tuesday to Sunday from midday, they serve lunch and dinner, and breakfasts at the weekend. As the weather warms up, Twenty Four will also open on Mondays. In addition to great coffee, the varied meals mean there is something to suit every taste from seared tuna tacos and spaghetti allo scoglio with mixed seafood, garlic and chilli to John Dory ﬁsh, covered in a Stone & Wood beer batter, served with chips and slaw and three different cuts of steak led by the 350g Rib Eye, that comes with a side of tangy coleslaw. There are a number of gluten-free options.
A few seasonal menu items will be added to the menu soon including the popular prawn and mango salad with more light options for summer. There is a long and varied cocktail list
with the signature cocktail ‘The Fat Buddha’ proving popular with locals and a nightly $10 cocktail Happy Hour between 4pm and 6pm.
24 The Strand Dee Why 2099 | (02) 9981 2061 | www.24deewhy.com
Enjoy a relaxing coffee as you gaze out over the ocean at the redesigned Harbord Diggers in Freshwater.
They have worked closely with the team at Hennessy Handcrafted Coffee to develop a blend that would be a crowd pleaser for all. From both the early-bird coffee lovers, to the post meal diners, the ‘DD Collective’ blend is exclusively available at the new Harbord Diggers.
The blend is sophisticated and easy drinking, much like the easy going nature that encompasses the lifestyle of the Northern beaches. The smooth and rich flavour has overtones of caramel, and is a secret blend of Specialty Coffees roasted mild to medium.
The amazing new venue, set opposite to the ocean that seamlessly transitions from inside to outside, offering a variety of gorgeous seating opportunities with ample room for intimate groups or large gatherings across the morning, day and night. The outdoor garden area and adjacent kids play area is the perfect fit for families.
The new Harbord Diggers appeals to a wide-market with the largest group of customers being families and those wishing to relax and unwind in this spectacular new venue. The club is also very popular with dog-owners as it welcomes well-behaved dogs in the Ocean Terrace area.
Keen to limit their impact on the environment, Harbord Diggers sells a variety of Keep Cups including its very own Harbord Diggers Brew Keep Cup. The Diggers also offers a 10% discount when customers use a Keep Cup and have recently introduced an exciting and innovative recycling takeaway cup program through Simply Cups, where cups are taken offsite to be broken down and upcycled into new products.
The view, the coffee and a big campaign to protect the environment, the new look Harbord Diggers is the perfect coffee spot at any time.
88 Evans Street, Freshwater 2096 | 02 9938 1444 | www.harborddiggers.com.au
Outpost Espresso, with its minimalist milk bar vibes, is the perfect place to enjoy a Saturday morning cuppa in Collaroy. They use Campos coffee superior blend and have a roaring take-away trade, served in the iconic green Campos cup that is bio-degradable and carbon neutral. Mostly a stomping ground for locals, they do draw the occasional out-of-towner, looking to try their famous acai bowl. Friendly staff? Cool vibe? Amazing baristas? This café ticks all the boxes.
996e Pittwater Rd Collaroy
Little Collins Freshwater
It’s impossible not to feel at home at Little Collins Freshwater, with some of the best staff on the Beaches, and their famous cappuccinos. Every cup’s made with love, Campos superior blend, and some sweet fruity flavours with caramels and chocolates. You’ll come for the dine-in experience and stay for the smiles, banter and the individual care you’ll receive each time you come back - and trust us, you will.
6-8 Lawrence St Freshwater
Bloom at Mosman
Is Bloom at Mosman one of the most instagrammable cafés in Sydney? Maybe. With cosy retro timber decor, it only gets better from there. You can gear up for summer with one of their popular iced coffees or iced long blacks, made with Campos superior blend - the award-winning blend used in all their coffees. Every one of their baristas, chefs and waitstaff care about your
dine-in experience. What’s not to love?
118 Prince Albert St Mosman
Havana Beach Manly
Come for the #havanagoodtime experience and stay for the quality service and unmatched ocean views. Havana Beach uses a locally roasted, 100% smooth Arabica blend to produce their famously smooth coffee with its sweetly floral complexities. Popular with Manly locals, their cold brew is eight times stronger than a normal espresso. They support the #I’maKeeper movement and offer free Keep Cups to customers who prepay 10 coffees. Now you can save the world and enjoy one of their signature flat whites or espresso martinis at the same time.
3/14 South Steyne Manly | www.havanabeach.com.au
For lovers of bread, pastries and coffee, Infinity Bakery is something not dissimilar to paradise. Supporting local suppliers, the baristas at the Bakery choose Gabriel Coffee, which is a velvety blend with hints of spice, caramel and cocoa best suited to milky coffee. In addition, there is a new single origin blend each month to satisfy black coffee drinkers, and customers tell us that Infinity’s chai lattes are to die for. Pro tip: pair your cappuccino with a fresh croissant. You can thank us later!
Shop 3 15a The Corso Manly
Market Lane Café
Market Lane is nestled in the backstreets of Manly, away from the manic bustling of the Corso and the beach side. The shining star of their menu is their Allpress Espresso coffee, a sweet, balanced and complex blend that suits everything from large flat whites to a cheeky macchiato. Market Lane is a crowd favourite amongst locals, who come for the coffee and stay for the friendly staff, who always have time for a chat no matter how busy it gets. Market Lane truly is Manly’s hidden gem.
Opposite The Library,
37-39 The Corso Manly
Enter via Market lane
As soon as you walk into Silo Espresso, you’ll know you’re in for a treat. This boutique roastery and café has, quite simply, the coolest coffee machine around. And luckily, it lives up to its appearance, producing a delicate nutty blend that works as an espresso, with dairy milk or one of their many ‘mylks’. They are well-known across Manly for their speedy service, smiley staff and consistently brilliant coffee, including world-class cappuccinos, complete with real chocolate flakes. If that doesn’t convince you, we’re not sure anything will.
1/17 Sydney Rd Manly
The Bower Restaurant
We all have days where we can’t choose between a coffee and a swim. Good news - The Bower is so close to the ocean that you can basically do both, simultaneously. Enjoy the smooth, strong flavour of their locally roasted Bower House blend, featuring herbal aromas and dark chocolate tones without the bitterness. Lattes are the most popular coffee and The Bower boasts three coffee grinders and a state-of-the-art Synesso coffee machine. Locals and visitors are drawn to the waterfront café which offers a discount for customers bringing their own cup.
7 Marine Parade Manly
Campos - QUALITY COFFEE CULTIVATED BY GOOD
A life-changing moment in a small Sydney café was the start of a coffee journey that has seen Campos become a national brand with cafés up and down the beaches choosing this quality coffee.
Campos Founder Will Young was never a great coffee fan, seeing it as a way to combat tiredness rather than a pleasurable drink. But after stumbling into a Newtown café he was treated to a flavoured-filled coffee that was rich and complex. He says that by the time the cup was empty, his life was on a different path – one devoted to coffee.
After visiting a coffee growing origin, Will decided it was about more than just coffee. The belief that coffee only tastes good when it’s made ethically and with care, is what his business came to be built on.
“The purpose of our company is to unleash the power of good coffee across the world, so quality coffee cultivated by good,” he explains.
This ethos is what has driven the Campos brand to its current position of now having seven flagship Campos Coffee cafés, roasteries in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and an amazing network of partner cafés across Australia.
The Northern Beaches café scene is flooded with Campos supporters from Manly to Palm Beach. “I love the Northern Beaches. There’s just an immediate kinship.
“Our whole network started with 2KF in Mona Vale, and that was my first customer that wasn’t Campos. We saw an immediate alignment of values and just saw that we could really do well with these guys, they saw the world the same way we did,” he explains.
Will says the quality of the coffee is consistent. “We see the brand as a promise of good coffee… when I make a promise, or we make a promise, I really can’t sleep if we’re not coming through on it, so we’re constantly working on making sure that when you buy that green cup, the coffee inside it tastes as good as the last time you bought that green cup,” he says.
The Campos relationship with cafés is just as important to the company as those it has with the growers and producers. Campos offers support and services beyond beans and is keen to share their expertise on setting up cafés, growing a business and even opening additional cafés.
“We’ve been very selective with the partners we take on. We don’t put in too many per neighbourhood, so we can really focus on one and make sure they’re the best on the street.
“They’re representing us as much as we’re representing them. They’re the face of our brand more than we are. At Zubi, Little Collins, Bloom, Fuel, Fika, Coolmac, they’re all fantastic. So, we want them to succeed as much as possible,” enthuses Will.
“We want to embed ourselves in the coffee society, especially in the Northern Beaches which is so important to us. There’s some great baristas up there and we’re a company that’s been built by baristas, and to be involved in the competition, and your barista angle, is awesome.”
The Campos team works tirelessly on the ground at origin, looking at the latest harvest, tasting, roasting and working with their partners to find new ways to deliver a better crop than the one before.
They also have at least one social project in each region they buy from - a school building in Papua New Guinea, buying a large tractor for a coffee farming co-op in Kenya and acting as major funders in Open Heart – a program that sends Australian heart surgeons to Rwanda to perform lifesaving operations on children, to name a few.
“We’ve got to have a purpose for waking up, for getting out of bed every morning and it can’t be around profit, it really has to be surrounded by doing good in this world,” adds Will. And not forgetting, making amazing coffee.
The Hemingway’s team is proud to be defending its crown this year against some tough competition. Hemingway’s won the COVERED. Coffee Championship in 2016 and they are looking forward to the upcoming Coffee Art competitions.
Since being crowned COVERED. Coffee King, Hemingway’s has been pulling Gabriel’s Monte Carlo blend.
“The blend has been a true faithful for us, providing us with a great coffee for milk-based fans with candied citrus and chocolate notes, as well as hitting the mark with our espresso and long black brigade with more of a floral note added to its profile.
“Knowing that first coffee can make or break your day, we focus heavily on consistency of what we do. This comes from using fresh produce, superstar baristas, constant tasting and timing, along with feedback from our guests.
“Even Melbourne folks visiting Manly say we hit the nail on the head when it comes to our coffee and we all know how high their expectations are. We are also known very well by our furry friends, who visit us regularly for their treats and half-time water bowl, bringing their owners along for a coffee at the same time,” says Theo Gibson, general manager of Hemingway’s.
Hemingway’s is constantly adapting to match the demand from both locals and tourists. “Here at Hemingway’s, we see ourselves as a little bit of a chameleon, as during the day we are a seaside, million-dollar view, sun in your face, European vibe moving into the evening to a cosy warm candlelit dinner affair,” explains Theo.
The drinks list is extensive with a balanced wine list hosting some epic French wines, house cocktails, a beautiful selection of Australian and international gins and local tap beers and cider. The menus change with the seasons, so keep your eyes peeled for the spring/summer cocktail and food menus.
The Coffee King title defenders are ready for all challengers, so get your game faces on and latte art curated; Hemingway’s has some weapons up their sleeves, and will see you on game day.
What’s on at HEMINGWAY’S
FUNCTIONS - We have a great Function space for up to 50 people upstairs with a private bar. For bookings, email: email@example.com
Tuesday to Friday - Happy Hour - 5pm-7pm
Wednesdays - dirty thunder Comedy - Doors open at 8pm. The night sells out quick so get in early or book for dinner.
Thursdays - Live Music from 7:30pm from local Northern Beaches bands
Sundays - Every 2nd and 4th week - Pat Doherty’s Late Night Show Doors open at 7pm
The Manly Coffee Guild
The definition of guild is a group of powerful people with a common goal. In the case of the Manly Coffee Guild, the master baristas and waitstaff have power over the coffee and want to provide you with its deliciousness. Bay Coffee, a boutique Neutral Bay roaster supplies their roast, which has sweet dark chocolate tones with a faint caramel nuttiness and a slightly floral note. The team at Manly Coffee Guild are proud of their awesome staff and consistently fabulous coffee, which keeps locals coming back time and time again.
1/10 Darley Road Manly
North Steyne Emporio
North Steyne Emporio is a classic Manly establishment and a Vittoria coffee flagship using Arabica beans. They pride themselves on unparalleled quality and care in every cappuccino, flat white or whatever else that strikes your fancy. A premiere gourmet café and market for Northern Beaches locals, they have highly experienced and uber friendly baristas, and a fantastic location right on Pittwater Road. It’s renowned for its high quality deli meals, flowers, homewares, great service and relaxed atmosphere.
187 Pittwater Road Manly
Ruby Lane is leading the race in organic, healthy food and coffee, providing guilt-free treats for locals and visitors alike. They use Pablo & Rusty’s Pioneer blend, a perfect balance of strength and flavour with velvety caramel notes. They also have rotating single origins for black coffees, all ethically and sustainably sourced and Fairtrade. For something different, why not try their ‘Beach Bum’, cold brew coffee with coconut water, strawberries, orange and mint. Otherwise, get a classic cappuccino in your Keep Cup and get a $0.40 discount.
200 Pittwater Rd Manly
Hakan’s is a café with great friendly ambience and positive vibes, that’ll keep you coming back time and time again. A favourite for Manly locals, their barista chooses a crafted perfect blend of 100% Arabica beans from Kenya, Papua New Guinea and Colombia. The flavour has a bright acidity with a hint of spice, liquorice and chocolate, making this one of the most unique blends on the Northern Beaches. Have a taste of one of the long blacks at Hakan’s; it’s the best way to appreciate it without any artifice - just that amazing coffee taste.
22 Victoria Parade Manly
PERFECT COMBO COFFEE + CAKE AT CRINITI’S
The Italian passion for coffee can be found at Criniti’s in Manly, the quickest way to travel to Italy without leaving the Northern Beaches. This popular Italian eatery is serving the perfect cup of coffee at the best value and offering a delicious selection of handmade treats to accompany your brew.
Coffee has always been an integral part of life for the Criniti’s family. “We had coffee with everything. If I didn’t have breakfast, my dad would whisk an egg into a shot of espresso with sugar and I’d have that,” laughs Kathy Criniti. “He would pour a shot of espresso over our Weetbix or Cornflakes. Not many kids went to school with coffee on their breath, but we did.”
She says that coffee begins and ends each day and is a huge component of life for Italians. “You have a coffee every morning before breakfast and it’s the last thing you have after dinner. It’s a way of life.”
Bringing this love and appreciation of coffee to the family-owned Criniti’s restaurant in Manly, has seen them teaming up with Italian coffee giants Vittoria coffee and investing in the very latest and greatest coffee machine – the Faema E71, that just won the international bar awards innovation of the year prize in the bar equipment category. Completing the winning team is barista Joe Puppo, who has run his own cafés and is a connoisseur of all things coffee.
Kathy says that so much goes into creating the perfect coffee and they are determined to provide this for the value price of just $3 a cup. “I am very, very fussy and this is what we expect from our baristas. If the temperature drops they will check the grind and make sure they are pumping out a great coffee.” Kathy says there are so many elements that must come together for a good coffee including the beans, the grind, the pour, the drip - all have to be just right.
“In Manly, there is so much competition so we were keen to get a great machine and a great barista to complement the great pastries we make,” she explains.
The coffee also finds its way into desserts like Tiramisu – meaning ‘Pick Me Up’ in Italian – or when paired with one of the handcrafted desserts or cakes like ricotta cheese cake, vegan chocolate mud cake or a classic Cannoli. The smooth but rich blend is the perfect balance with the sweet treats.
Few venues can match the selection and quality of Criniti’s delicate pastries, mouth-watering cakes and tarts and freshly baked croissants, scrolls and cronuts, all there to be enjoyed at La Patisserie in Criniti’s.
Head pastry chef Conely Durero, formerly head pastry chef at the Bathers’ Pavilion in Balmoral and at The Boathouse Group, leads a team of five pastry chefs creating these sweet creations daily and constantly introducing new temptations. Her goal is for Criniti’s to be a recognised brand for pastries, cakes and desserts across Sydney and even further afield.
So, head on down for a coffee hat’s high in quality and low in price, plus a sweet treat. You can’t go wrong with the favourite combo of a ricotta cheese cake and a cappuccino.
Italian Coffees You love coffee, right? Do you know your Italian coffee names?
If not, this list will get you started:
Caffe’ or Espresso: Straight shot of coffee.
Caffe’ Americano: More watered-down than espresso but fairly strong and flavourful.
Caffe’ Corretto: An espresso ‘corrected’ by a shot of liquor, to correct, perhaps, your wine hangover.
Caffe’ Macchiato: An espresso “stained” with a dab of steamed milk.
Caffe’ Ristretto: Espresso with a tad less water, stronger than regular espresso.
Cappuccio, or Cappuccino: Coffee combined with steamed milk - more so than macchiato - and taken only at breakfast. Thoroughly mixed. Cappuccino gets its name from the Capuchin friars for their brown garb and ring of brown hair, just like the drink!
To make it extra spicy, why not order in Italian next time you go for a freshly made pastry and a coffee.
1/54 West Esplanade, Manly | www.crinitis.com.au/lapatisserie
Belgrave Cartel has not one but four venues across Manly and Mona Vale, serving Schibello Caffe Escobar coffee in all four. It is a nutty, full-bodied roast, slightly warm and spicy on the tongue with a sweet orange and chocolate finish. Escobar, which is a blend of Colombian Arabica beans, is rich, golden, dark and flavoursome - naturally, people keep coming back for more.
Belgrave Cartel was the first store of the now-prolific Cartel group, located on Belgrave Street. What began as a tiny hole-in-the-wall is now one of the most popular caffeine dealers in Manly, and doubles as a swanky bar at night. The decor is grungy and funky, inspired by the European café scene. It’s the perfect place to unleash your slightly creative, slightly unique side without fear of judgement.
6 Belgrave St, Manly
Little Belgrave Cartel
The Little Belgrave Cartel has all the swagger of the first Belgrave, with the added benefit of a beach-side location and morning sunrise. It is located inside the Hotel Steyne and the friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere mean it has fast become a local favourite. Start the day with a morning swim and a tasty coffee, or bring your own cup and grab one to go.
41 South Steyne Manly
Cove Espresso Co
Cove Espresso is hidden away on Manly Wharf, consisting of just one coffee machine and a couple of brilliant baristas. The savvy morning commuter will avoid the long waits of other cafés and head straight to Cove, because although there is always a queue, their service is lightning quick. Jumpstart your morning with Cove Espresso.
Hello Manly Tourist Centre Manly Wharf
The Belgrave boys ventured out of Manly to Mona Vale, and have had nothing but success. This American diner-style restaurant serves as a popular breakfast destination and a bustling night time venue. Our pick is the ‘infamous’ jaffle, paired with a signature Belgrave coffee, of course - these baristas are laying down some of the best beverages on the Beaches. Don’t believe us? Head there today to check it out.
Shop 5 / 5 Bungan Street Mona Vale
The Drawing Board Café
Our outgoing team ensures you get love and care in every cup. Proudly serving Background Specialty Coffee, you’re always guaranteed the smoothest cup of coffee. And don’t forget our signature Lindt Hot Chocolates and Mochas. You’ll be sure to feel genuinely welcomed in our warm, friendly and relaxed atmosphere. With an honest approach to everything we do, be sure to drop in and find out why locals have been loving this family owned place over the last three years - even if it’s just for the banter.
9A Waratah Street Mona Vale
2KF Espresso is the Northern Beaches’ original and best espresso bar. Every weekday from 5am, they serve Campos coffee to tradies, business people and parents alike, who all but queue out the door for their sweet, chocolatey roast. 2KF is tucked away in the depths of Mona Vale, relying on word of mouth to entice customers. But once you’ve tried 2KF, no other coffee will do - many customers declare it the best in Mona Vale and, indeed, the Northern Beaches.
2 Bungan St Mona Vale
Café Racer Co
Café Racer Co. has been hailed by locals as the beating heart of Mona Vale, which is largely thanks to their delectable coffee. Café Racer serves Campos Organic Coffee blend. You can grab your takeaway coffee from 6am, with freshly baked muffins and banana bread to a full breakfast and lunch, seven days a week. Their market fresh approach to food makes for an array of healthy choices and blackboard specials daily. Additionally, the professional staff will make you feel right at home - what more could you possibly want?
Village Park Mona Vale | www.caféracer.co
This Newport treasure is a unique combination of café and deli, that can whip up a mean coffee and a gourmet sandwich. Their roaster of choice is Toby’s Estate, using a full-bodied blend of caramel and maple syrup notes. Rusti Fig’s decor is the epitome of cosiness, including wooden bookshelves and cushioned benches, which is accompanied by bubbly staff. This venue is best enjoyed in the company of family or friends but be prepared for your 10 minute visit to turn into hours of enjoying delicious coffee.
3/363 Barrenjoey Rd Newport
The badasses of coffee are here! Alberto and Barbara Fuerte have laid down their roots in Newport, right by the beach. Absolute masters in all things coffee, they’re serving up some killer coffee and will keep you on your toes with their regular rotation of guest roasters. In the short time the husband and wife duo have been in business, they’ve already got the locals raving and coming back for the devilishly good coffee from St Ali in Melbourne, and healthy food with a touch of naughty.
Shop 7/331-335 Barrenjoey Rd Newport
Zubi Cafés is run by Steve Hulley and the three Todman Brothers, Alex, Sam and Nick, in three locations; Bilgola, Narrabeen and Newport. Passionate about the beach and good coffee, the cafés have become a vital part of the community and thrive off a strong sense of family. They pride themselves on the fact that they never send out a coffee that they aren’t proud of. Coffee isn’t the only thing they put complete care and effort into; every time you stop in, you’ll feel as though the baristas are genuinely taking the time out to get to know you. A hub for locals, swimmers and surfers alike, they love giving back to the community in all of their locations. They’ve combined two loves - surfing and coffee - and you can reap the benefits, enjoying the beautiful beach views with a delicious hit of caffeine. Enjoy one of their ¾ lattes with the soothing sounds of the ocean, and the hubbub of chilled out banter and conversation in the background. The cafés have a mix of loyal locals and people travelling great distances, just for that one cup of coffee. They use the Campos Superior blend, which has chocolate and caramel notes, perfect for anyone looking for something a little on the sweet side. They also have a monthly single origin that varies in region and taste… you can enjoy a new taste each month, but it’ll keep you on your toes as you’re served coffee from far and wide, right to the comfort of your table in a Zubi café. It’s the staff, quality coffee and food that keep the customers coming back each day. They offer a 30 cents discount for customers bringing their own cup and they recycle all their used coffee grounds.
Bilgola Beach - Kiosk The Serpentine
Newport - 323C Barrenjoey Rd
Narrabeen 207 Ocean St
Four Brothers Espresso
Four Brothers is a lush green sanctuary in the busy bustle of Seaforth. They roast their own coffee, which is a full-bodied dark roast that creates a refreshing black coffee or a strong milky coffee, the most popular of which is a latte. Four Brothers is famous for their wonderful customer service, greeting everyone with a smile whether they be a local parent, a tradie, or a visitor ordering through the Hey You App. Enjoy your coffee in a special Four Brothers Keep Cup and save the environment.
38 Frenchs Forest Rd Seaforth
Situated on the sunniest strip in town, Rukus café has established itself as a consistent player in the Newport coffee scene. ‘Kingdom Roasters’ is the latest endeavour from the boys at Rukus; a micro roasting journey that has evolved to reflect ‘relationships’ from farmer to friend in a sustainable and relationally minded way.
Head roaster Matt Whiteley says,“Coffee is about people, it’s about connecting with people. The drink is the vehicle... it should be a good vehicle, but ultimately people should come before profit. So, if you can make the two work in harmony then you’re succeeding.”
The house blend ‘Sukur Punch’ is sweet with vanilla and caramel, a raspberry acidity and a smooth, long earthy finish. Having bought ‘Unground’ coffee roaster 12 months ago, the boys at Rukus decided it was time to change the aesthetics of their branding and have since launched ‘Kingdom Roasters’. “The vision is to produce complex coffees with character and sweetness. At the same time, the balance for the roaster is to have enough body and mouthfeel without turning every blend into a dark chocolate bonanza. We also want to use a percentage of our profits to help others and so we are looking at charitable options that reach kids in need,” explains co-owner Shaun.
They currently supply the Hungry Ghost and Flynn’s Café in Avalon along with Odd Mug café in Cromer Heights.
Rukus owners Tom Morrison and Shaun Pereira are the brains behind the largely organic food menu and their Avalon venue is about to pop off for summer beers and cocktails. “It’s called Rukus by Night and we opened it last summer,” says Tom. “It’s food you just really want to eat, haloumi fries, sticky pork belly and socats...you’ll have to come in to see what we are talking about.”
Matt believes people keep returning to the café, which opened two years ago, for the food and the coffee but mostly for the great atmosphere and because “we know them”.
“I think it’s the best vibe in Newport. It’s like an English pub but people are drinking coffee and just hanging. We get the northern sun streaming in through the windows and you can sit on the lounge and read a paper and just chill. But really people wantto fit in and find community. You can go to a hundred cafés that make great coffee but if you don’t feel welcomed,
then you’ll go somewhere else. We welcome everyone.”
Rukus opens at 6am-4pm - kitchen closes at 3pm. From October, Rukus by Night will open Friday and Saturday evenings from 4pm and Sunday sessions into the night.
The food is healthy, wholesome and tasty with most of it being organic – Avalons Organics is a major supplier - and the majority is refined sugar free.
“We design the menu so that if you come in a group, you could try all the dishes and it won’t break the bank, with the most expensive dish costing $20,” explains Matt. They will be serving craft beer, wine and $13-$16 cocktails, and are sponsored by Vonu, a mid-strength Fijian beer.
Rukus has also branched out by providing catering for private functions, weddings and parties, with their grazing tables as eye-catching as they come.
The boys at Rukus are certainly making a name for themselves and stretching their influence across different platforms but their ethos remains the same. Relationships and people. Good vibes, good coffee and good food. •
5c/7 Robertson Rd, Newport NSW 2106
Managing Director of Danes Specialty Coffee, Paul Jackson, admits the reason he got into the business was to produce a cup of coffee he liked the taste of - and he did. He tells COVERED. about his love of coffee and the rise of Danes to the very pinnacle of coffee roasting.
Coming from a background of supplying coffee and consumables to offices, Paul joined Danes at a time when a cup of coffee involved pouring water over filter coffee.
But he could see a bright future for what has long been the second most traded commodity after oil despite the bulk of the market consuming commodity coffee, as opposed to the high quality, specialty coffee produced by Danes.
“I didn’t drink coffee at first because I didn’t like it. I became a roaster and created a coffee that I liked,” he laughs. His current favourite is Black Velvet which he has black and his wife likes with milk.
Paul is aware that he is part of the mere 5% of people who like black coffee with the majority of coffee sold in cafés being milky. “So, we make blends for milky coffee and we use high grade, high quality beans.
“I want a complex flavour that is appealing to the consumer. Our aim is that more and more people are more discerning about their coffee and that’s when people seek us out.”
Danes opened a shop on Harbord Road the year Paul joined in 1995 and remained there until 2005, when they moved to the current premises in Dale Street, in Brookvale. Danes had a café and was roasting coffee in Harbord Road and this became the model for future roasters, to have a café at the front to promote their blends and beans.
With the Danes brand well established now, there is a new flagship store in Clarence Street in the city, rapidly gaining a strong following, while at Dale Street you are able to sample coffee when deciding what beans to buy. “Currently the showroom always has on offer a sample of the batch brew, nitro and cold brew for the regulars that know about
our upstairs coffee sanctuary,” adds Paul.
And there are exciting plans for a ground floor sampling station to be housed in a container on the premises, to open next year. Essentially this will be an opportunity to taste the coffee and so will feature a full range of coffees including, cold drips, cold brews, nitro brews and a piccolo. “If you stop having a presence, then the new generation doesn’t know who you are so you have to keep reinventing yourself. The people will be able to come to Dale Street and buy beans and have a tasting and see the roasting process all in the one place. We will give them a full coffee experience,” Paul adds. He says the plans for the new addition are currently with the council.
Paul says that while café standards have continued to rise, home coffee makers are increasingly particular about the standard of their homemade coffee. He wants to see more of these discerning drinkers on the peninsula becoming part of the Danes tribe.
“We are local to Brookvale and we want to continue to be part of the community and bring our coffee and share it with the local community. We want them to come here and to just enjoy the journey and the experience.”
Where better to do that than Danes, in Dale Street, Brookvale.
28 Dale St, Brookvale | 02 9938 4522 | www.danes.com.au