Friday, 17 June 2011

caf-fiend fix

Whether you think it's a legal drug or not, coffee fans are generally pretty hooked. Make it strong, from somewhere exotic, not to mention RIGHT NOW!

With the launch of the Good Food Cafe Guide, coming out tomorrow, we take a look at some of the award winners, so you can discover your next fix.

Best Coffee Innovator - Campos Coffee, Newtown

Awarded to this Newtown favourite for contributing to lifting the general standard of coffee across the board in Sydney, this hotbed of all things coffee contains an upstairs cupping room so that you can learn about the flavour profiles of coffee from around the world. Campos are also quick on the uptake when it comes to new coffee trends, and were one of the first to champion reusable coffee cups as viable option for daily addicts.

193 Missenden Road
Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 9516 3361

Best Breakfast Cafe - Three Blue Ducks, Bronte

Surfers, good food, great coffee - there's not much more you really need in the morning, is there? And I mean, really good food. Chef and co-owner Mark Labrooy is part of the haute chef crew leaving the ranks of the hatted world, for a more balanced lifestyle. Labrooy previously worked at Tetsuya's and you had better believe the food here is exceptional. The egg and bacon roll is one of Sydney's best: Served on a toasted panini, with crispy bacon and runny egg, topped with hollandaise, capsicum relish and herb oil. Perfectly suited to the relaxed Bronte location, this is one worth heading to for your next weekend brunch session.

143 Macpherson Street
Bronte NSW 2024
(02) 9000 0000

Best Cafe Life - Four Ate Five, Surry Hills

Some people tend to spend their lives in cafes and if you're one of these, you had better make it a good one. Dappled with sunlight, with plenty of places inside and out, to sit (or lean, if you're hungover), Four Ate Five is one of those cafes you feel infinitely comfortable in from the first time you visit, and never really want to leave. There are comforting foods like homemade creamed corn, pulled pork sandwiches and fresh baked goods, and yes, the coffee's cracker, too.

They may have only been around for a short while, but this Surry Hills destination feels lived in and with any luck, will become an establishment in no time.

485 Crown Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
(02) 9698 6485

The Good Food Cafe Guide is $14.95, but is available for just $5 with tomorrow's Sydney Morning Herald. Read more here.