Handcraft Specialty Coffee brings a hipster and chic vibe to the area. They are also currently the only carrier of the Sensory Lab coffee beans in the area. They also feature other beans weekly like Proud Mary and Market Lane. Espresso and filter coffee brewing methods are both on offer here. Thanks to David Jiew's burger recommendation that I found out about them. Sensory Lab beans plus burgers could only mean one thing; visiting them ASAP is a must!
We started with a flat white ($3.50) and a piccolo latte ($3.50). Sensory Lab's Steadfast blend was used for both. The coffee was full-bodied with notes of milk chocolate and a nutty finish. Their head barista John got the milk temperature and texture spot on. I prefer the Steadfast blend as a flat white due to its strong flavour profile. The blend cuts through the milk nicely.
The Seoul Bite Burger with chips ($12) was the other reason for this visit. The sweet soy beef patty retained a lot of juicy goodness, was slightly sweet and flavoursome. The sweet tomato relish, mustard, pickles and onion gave it that classic cheeseburger taste. The bun is a little bit on the dense side but the burger as a whole was delicious. The nicely seasoned chips were crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
The fried eggs with sourdough toast, roasted rosemary tomatoes, hash browns and bacon jam ($12) was a next level kind of breakfast. Yes, you read that right! It had BACON JAM!!! It was like a caramelised sweet and slightly salty meat relish with flavour that reminded me of char siu (Cantonese-style barbecued pork). Spread it on your toast and fried eggs with runny egg yolk and you got yourself a breakfast party in a plate.
I love everything about Handcraft Specialty Coffee! The pleasant service combined with excellent coffee and food are just a few of the reasons to return. A great addition to both Newtown and the Sensory Lab family.
Handcraft Specialty Coffee
67 King Street
Ph:02 9550 3701
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/handcraftcoffee
Monday - Saturday 7pm to 4pm