Move over Toby's and watch out Campos, the Gypsies have arrived in town.
Potts Point's latest espresso bar is far from what its name suggests. No velvet curtains, no lion heads or gargoyles and no fortune teller. There's scarce evidence of Bohemia in this humble 20-seat establishment. Ironically, the interior is utilitarian in style, with polished concrete floors, stainless steel benches and industrial light fixtures. Contrary to the seemingly cold aesthetic, this hole-in-the-wall espresso bar is sizzling hot on the coffee front.
Gypsy Espresso cares about quality. How do we know? They use only the finest Arabica beans, carefully hand-roasted by their team of coffee experts. It is the culmination of their knowledge, care and skill in all aspects of the process that has resulted in the creation of coffee that is close to magical.
They also provide a concise, but smart food menu comprising classic breakfast options – think scrambled eggs, breads and jams – and some appetising gourmet sandwiches and burgers, with the shredded pork ($10) a definite standout. Some simple seasonal soups and salads are available for lunch, all of which appear tasty and inexpensive. Refreshingly, there is no pretention surrounding these food offerings.
Unfortunately, the food lacks the magical quality that the coffee holds. They're all about the perfect drip and you can tell. Add to the mix a warm atmosphere created by friendly, efficient staff and you've got yourself a sterling newish hotspot.
Let's hope, for the Point's sake, this gypsy sticks around.