Single Origin Roasters, Surry Hills

Single Origin Roasters

Single Origin – same Surry Hills corner as ever. Photo: the Coffee Cities Project

Single Origin Roasters has sat on its Surry Hills corner, slightly grungy and spilling onto tables in Reservoir Street, since 2003, one of the drivers of third-wave coffee in Sydney.

The funky interior is the essence of a Surry Hills coffee joint – the worn timber, the bare concrete, the hidey-hole feel and the psychedelic wall mural.

The best seats are by the window – there are only a couple; otherwise nestle up at a tiny table by the door or hit the footpath. There’s a constant takeaway trade and a general air of “something’s happening here.”

Coffee comes from a menu of weekly single origins roasted both for filter and espresso extraction. A pourover of the excellent Colombia La Hermosa – a Cup of Excellence #25 coffee – has sweet floral aromas and a hint of vanilla. In the cup it’s clean and tangy, with nice dark chocolate/cocoa sweetness and that “sparkle” of a good filter brew.

Single Origin Roasters

A Costa Rican after a Cup of Excellence – no fair! Photo: the Coffee Cities Project

A Costa Rica La Minita in a pourover has a cereal aroma when hot, hints of orange citrus and stone fruit sweetness. It’s not bad either, though not as good as the Cup of Excellence … maybe drinking them side by side is a bit unfair. In a short black, though, it’s sharp and tangy with orange-chocolate flavours and a clean, savoury finish.

Food is tasty and suits the mood, from banana bread smeared with espresso butter to the Black Metal Breakfast of twice-cooked eggs, black pudding, creamed corn and chilli relish on toasted sourdough. It’s all a bit hot and sweaty on a humid day – maybe the most “Sydney” of Sydney’s specialty cafes.

Single Origin Roasters

Where 60-64 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills, 02 9211 0665
When Mon–Fri 6.30am–4pm, Sat 7.30am–3pm (Food till 2:30pm & filters till 3pm)
Food ★★★☆☆
Coffee ★★★★☆


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