Owned by an ex-Coffee Alchemy barista, new neighbourhood café Double Tap is serving up coffees to froth over.
Despite its remote Marrickville location, hidden among warehouse lots and residential terraces, the new family-owned coffee shop is already starting to pick up steam, with many considering their brews pretty hard to beat.
It's the first venue for owner and manager Daniel Karaconji, who worked as head barista at Coffee Alchemy for almost a decade.
While the batch of beans may be different, Karaconji continues to win over hearts and spike blood pressures with his silky milks and caramelised cremas.
If you're interested in knowing what you're drinking, Double Tap sources all its coffee from small batch roasters only, with its house blend Silver Bullet by Panorama Coffee Roasters in Sydney's Wetherill Park.
Used for white coffees only, the Silver Bullet blend is made from Brazilian and Ethiopian beans and reveals lingering notes of cacao, berries and stone fruits. For black coffees, customers can choose their own single origin beans, with offerings from Sample Coffee, Wood & Co, Grace & Taylor, Small Batch Roasting Co and Market Lane, among others.
If you're starting to get the jitters, try hitting up the food menu, with Double Tap serving a homely menu of toasted sarnies, fresh salads and brekkie bowls.
Made on toasted Brickfields sourdough, the sandwiches are particularly tasty, even more so, when you consider the price. Options include a free-range poached chicken with chives, blanched almonds and a mustard-seed mayo ($9.50) as well as a mortadella, provolone and fresh mint with sliced green olives ($9.50).
Cakes are also a standout with Karaconji's wife and mum hand-baking the selection. Today, Karaconji's mum Yovanka has rustled up a CWA-quality strawberry and cream sponge ($6), while his wife Elizabeth came to the table with a glazed lemon and yoghurt ring ($6). Slices are whooping nana-sized portions and the rustic appearances and homemade taste are equivalent to a big, warm hug.
While this may be a family-owned cafe, the interiors are sleek, with warm Australian timbers, native floral decorations and a botanical wall mural, painted by Karaconji's brother, Alex.
While Double Tap may not be doing anything "new" or "different" per se, sometimes just doing the simple things well can be pretty revolutionary.
Images: Letícia Almeida