Bean to Aussie??

With an ever growing bean scene, it probably takes a lifetime to sample all the coffee there is in Sydney. Just last month, @themarketgirl and myself scooted over for a week's break and OD-ed on flat whites, piccolos & quiant cafe ambiances.

Though there were indeed more hits than misses, here are some we really loved:

The Grounds of Alexandria

Retaining the industrial skeletons of its former occupant; a pie factory, The Grounds of Alexandria has taken cafe culture to a whole new level by combining vegetable garden, coffee research space, tasting bar and eatery into one very rustic attraction.

Coffee is taken very seriously here. You can choose to have your beans espresso-ed with the La Marzocco, brewed to precision with the Clover, or filtered clean using pour-overs and the Aeropress.

I did a piccolo and it was yums.

(Building 7A, No.2 Huntley St., Alexandria, Sydney NSW)

Cafe Nookie

Believed to be the smallest cafe in Sydney, this hole-in-the-wall is no pushover when it comes to delivering a quality cup. We hung around and had a chat with the friendly barista as she pulled our drink-of-choice with much precision and passion. It may only be a takeaway spot, but Nookie is both adorkably cute and huge in character!

(268B Cleveland Street, Surry Hills, Sydney NSW)

Glee Coffee Roasters (Newcastle)

@themarketgirl has exclaimed that Glee makes her favouritest coffee ever! We had a pit-stop over at Newcastle during our drive from Hunter Valley back to Sydney and got to taste one of the bestest coffee; setting the bars high for quality caffeine-consumption.

Glee is a humble boutique coffee roastery famed for its Akiko Blend; full-bodied and full of love. I had a creamy flat while @themarketgirl downed a soy latte. So good it was, that a pack of beans was unanimously bought, all ready for human-shipping back to Singapore.

With a tagline "We want you to love our product so much, that you couldn't imagine drinking anything but Glee", the Glee brothers certainly weren't lying!

We will be back. Promise.

(Shop 5, 155 Darby St., Newcastle NSW)