Say hello to one of the newest kids on the burgeoning Redfern coffee scene: Bean & Berry. Despite only being open for three months, their following is growing quickly, which is impressive when you think about how notoriously loyal coffee drinkers are to their favourite shop. With beans provided by Marrickville's Leftfield Coffee, you'll have the chance to try a blend you probably haven't before.
Bean & Berry wants you to "come and visit the family", and there's no doubt about how homey it all feels. Black piping runs across the walls and holds up shelves containing an eclectic collection of old books and flowers. Carefully arranged bags of coffee frame the huge vintage Peters ice cream logo that hangs behind the counter. Bare light globes hang from ropes from the ceiling, all of it adding to the rustic vibe. Take a seat by the huge bay windows and watch the people of Redfern stroll by as you sip on a fragrant flat white.
If the warm tones of all the wood isn't enough for you, order a bowl of Mum's Winter Stew ($16.90). The slow-cooked scotch fillet in red wine and tomato sauce is like a rich, warm hug for your soul. Another staple of the current menu is the soup of the day ($8.90), which is scrawled on a small chalkboard on the counter. Expect the likes of ham and lentil or meatball and yoghurt soup with mint.
For those who want at least one meat-free meal today, Chicks on Toast (slow cooked chickpeas in tomato sauce, served on toast, $12.90) is an excellent start to a cold morning. Then there's the bircher muesli ($9.90). Slivers of tart apple are a great contrast to the overall creaminess and sweetness. The sprinkling of crushed pistachios and almonds on top add a welcome crunch. It's filling and definitely won't weigh you down.
If, for some unknown reason, you don't feel like a coffee, Bean & Berry have an assortment of teas, milkshakes and smoothies on offer. The Snickers milkshake ($6.90) is the star attraction here.
Locals know all about this little cafe on the corner of Pitt and Redfern Streets, and it's time that you do too. With its friendly staff, good coffee and simple, delicious fare, Bean & Berry may even end up as your second home.
Images: Bodhi Liggett.