Fabrik Espresso purveyors of real coffee

As an editor of an online publication it’s rare that something inspires me so much that I have to write about it as soon as possible. Today I have been inspired, in fact it was only 20mins ago and I can tell you wholeheartedly that I just had a coffee that changed my life.

As a Crows Nest local it’s hard to choose where to get coffee, there’s lots of choices – almost too many. I’ve always been a believer that the suburb lacked a truly all round cafe serving excellent food and coffee. To be honest, the only reason I’ve tried every coffee shop in the suburb is because not a single one has hit the nail on the head – until now.

After a quick lunch with a soon to be TVG columnist we wandered down Willoughby Road to Fabrik Espresso, where Jason had insisted he’d had a stunning coffee the day before. For whatever reason I hadn’t been and I’m devastated I’ve been wasting my money elsewhere. We ordered ristrettos to start and I watched Joe (the coffee artist) pack the basket with delicate precision. He started by teasing the coffee, flicking the button on and off three times ‘to infuse the blend’ he tells me. After flicking it on finally the LaMarzocco machine drops the velvety crema into the cup in front of my amazed eyes. It was gone in one gulp and my second order was delivered almost as quickly as my cup was emptied. Another double ristretto skim flat white was on the way. We chatted about Joe’s blend from Sydney roaster Di Gabriel. Joe clearly knows his stuff which makes me even happier that he is the man preparing my coffee, he is precise and calculated in every cup he serves and it’s a pleasure to watch. He pours the milk into my take away cup and says to me, ‘I’m only going to fill it to here’, do I object, of course not, was it the nicest coffee I’ve arguably ever had, 100%.


Fabrik Espresso
Shop 4b,136 Willoughby Rd
Crows Nest 2065



James is the Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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