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14° & SUNNY ON TUESDAY 21 AUGUST IN SYDNEY
By Maxwell Adey
August 06, 2012
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Gypsy Espresso

Meticulously made brews in an industrial-inspired hole-in-the-wall.
By Maxwell Adey
August 06, 2012
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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.

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    Rodney Davison - August 11, 2017

    Gypsy Expresso has possibly the rudest staff I have experienced in a Sydney cafe. Food very basic and certainly doesn't match the attitude from staff. Definitely wont be returning.

    Aaron Baril - October 10, 2015

    Horrible service. A large coffee is $4.50(!!) and when I made the mistake of looking surprised at this, the waitress berated me and effectively said that if I was too poor to pay $4.50 I shouldn't be there! She THEN implied that I was angling for a free coffee! I wanted to complain to the manager about her but - she IS the manager. Instead I'll just never go back. Clever management choice seeing as I live in the same building as the coffee shop!

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