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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Toby's Estate, Chippendale

coffee bowl with espresso

There is something infinitely satisfying about cupping your hands around a big bowl of steaming coffee. Size does come into it, but it's also the comfort factor (and Parisien nuances) of slowly sipping at a coffee receptable the size of a small soup tureen.

tobys estate

There is no doubt that Toby's Estate have their own legion of coffee fans. The queue at their stall at the Good Living Growers Market consistently snakes its way down the boardwalk as people patiently await their morning caffeine fix.

The queues aren't so bad at their bricks-and-mortar store in Chippendale, although the wait for a table on a weekend morning can be just as long. Lining the back wall is a shelving unit packed with coffee beans, tea leaves (black, green, white, herbal, semi-fermented and flavoured) and all kinds of brewing equipment and tea cups. An open service area at the front has polished glass windows filled with delicious-looking paninis, sandwiches, quiches, tarts, biscuits, muffins and pastries.

Tea smelling samples


There are huge glass panes looking down onto their roasting room--large hessian sacks filled with coffee beans lay neatly stacked ready for roasting.

But for the moment, I only have eyes for my coffee. Thin tendrils of steam curl lazily into the air. Fingers reach out to give this cup a hug.

coffee bowl
Toby's Estate Roastery, Cafe and Tea Emporium
32-36 City Road, Chippendale, Sydney

(between Broadway and Myrtle Streets, opposite Victoria Park)
Tel: +61 2 9211 1459

Monday - Friday 7.00am-4.00pm
Saturday 8.00am-4.00pm
Sunday 8.00am-4.00pm
7 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Anonymous on 9/26/2006 11:34:00 pm


  • At 9/27/2006 2:07 am, Blogger Yvo Sin said…

    *grimace* must remember not to come here before lunch. (was also reading your last post) *tummy grumble*

  • At 9/27/2006 10:21 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ahh, Toby's Estate, a great place. Fresh roasted coffee and yummy food. My personal fave is the bacon & egg roll with Hollandaise. Yum.

    I would also suggest Single Origin, Reservoir Street Surry Hills as another place for excellent coffee and tasty food.

    Would be about the same distance away as Toby's, just in the other direction.

  • At 9/27/2006 9:45 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Personally,i'm not a fan of their coffee,have tried it twice and it was bitter on both occasions,can never understand why it's so popular when i see the long queue at the growers market.

  • At 9/27/2006 11:05 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hmm i used to b a coffee drinker but not anymore. I like the bowls thoo ^^ i would prefer them full of hot chocolate of course!

    On a different note i went to 85C today and got the caramel vanilla mousse. Twas very nyummm and reminded us of creme caramel but they had sold out of the hokkaido cheese so i got left out :( must go bak

  • At 10/02/2006 7:28 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have been passed a few times and wanted to try their coffee but have always been put off by the queues i will get to try it one day when i have time to wait in line.

  • At 12/13/2006 2:12 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I agrre with james.

  • At 7/21/2007 9:44 pm, Blogger Emily said…

    I love this place, the toasted banana bread with butter is a perfect winter snack, and the muesli with berries, yoghurt and tea-poached pears is to die for. I can't wait for semester to start so I have an excuse to go back =)


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