Some days you wake up feeling on top of the world. But some days you need approximately three breakfasts and a two coffees to really get you going. And maybe a Messina tiramisu milkshake. The good news is that Welcome Dose Specialty Coffee can give you all that, with three kinds of hot sauce on the side (and maybe even a hug if you ask nicely, too).
So, you like how these people think, but who are they? Kit Cheong and Michael Cookson are the guys behind the CBD's much loved Cabrito Coffee Traders in Bulletin Place. Turning their attention to the 'burbs, they've opened their new venue inside Rosebery's new 'urban market' Saporium in The Cannery, which also houses Three Blue Ducks, Black Star Pastry and Archie Rose.
As the name suggests, Welcome Dose takes its coffee pretty seriously — and the first thing you see when you walk in is a badass giant 1956 German coffee roaster, which is often roasting during service hours. The staff there, led by Tim Greening, will happily talk you through their process; they're hosting cupping sessions upstairs and some roasting info sessions are in the works. As you'd expect, the quality of the coffee here is really, really good.
So back to those three breakfasts — no judgment on how many you choose to dig into. The huevos rancheros (obviously a great one for mornings that are especially tough) comes with generous helpings of guacamole and the right amount of chilli ($18). They also serve one of the better pulled pork burgers kicking around town, complete with pickles and aioli ($15), and a lighter, very pretty dish of smashed peas with ricotta, lemon and herbs on sourdough ($15.) That Messina tiramisu milkshake ($7) has enough coffee and sugar to jolt any nervous system into real time, using gelato from Messina around the corner.
In keeping with the local artisan vibe of the supermarket it's situated in, the hot sauce is by Bondi-based Handsome Devils Co., pastries come from Brickfields and Grain, and their meat is from Kingsmore Meats next door. It's a casual fit-out with an all-day, smart brunch and lunch menu, which changes seasonally.
With Three Blue Ducks doing brekkie, lunch and dinner, a Da Mario pizza cart next door as well as a bunch of quality producers in Saporium itself, Rosebery is becoming a hotspot for food fans, and Welcome Dose is a very welcome addition indeed.