The Japanese/Nordic mashup at Edition Coffee Roasters makes much more sense than it might at first seem: both cultures feature a cool, earthy minimalism in design and food that’s close to nature, but not exactly rolling around in the dirt.
At Edition that’s expressed in mild white tiles and concrete, light timber, clean lines, an overall sense of containment, plus a mildly ironic but very comfortable mid-century lounge suite and coffee table setting in place of the usual communal cafe table.
And there’s filter coffee, of course – either as a Moccamaster batch brew or a V60 pourover. Single origins roasted off-site might include a Kenya Nyeri Gaturiri, which in a V60 has clean dark chocolate flavours and berry-bright acidity.
The same coffees feature in espresso brews. A double shot of Nicaragua Agua Sacra, served in a small tulip cup, is creamy and viscous in the mouth with caramello chocolate flavours, mild acidity and a very clean finish
Fans of Elixir can get their fix of that mysterious brew at Edition, too.
The food menu naturally divides itself between Scandinavia and Japan: smørrebrød of smoked king salmon and creme fraiche jostles with oden – a stew of vegetables and fish that’s traditionally been cheap Japanese street food – and a broth of mushrooms and udon, while a soup of blue cod goes head-to-head with the yakuza breakfast – fluffy hotcakes with slices of roasted pineapple sauced with a salty-sweet miso butterscotch, just like the big, scary tattooed guys like it.
Edtion Coffee Roasters
Where 256 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst
When Mon-Fri 7am-3.30pm; Sat, Sun 8am-3.30pm