"Coffee Alchemy has opened in the Sydney CBD!" This is basically what I have been telling everyone this weekend.
Coffee Alchemy is my favourite place for coffee in Sydney but it is all the way in Marrickville. This means I would need to make a special trip on the weekend to have my favourite cup of coffee (which I do from time to time, but not nearly as often as I would like). Hazel de los Reyes is the woman behind Coffee Alchemy and she has truly mastered the art of making coffee. The coffee beans are roasted onsite in Marrickville and thoroughly taste tested before use.
Hazel has decided to bring Coffee Alchemy closer to the caffeine-addicted city crowd with the opening of Gumption, which is located in the ground floor of the Strand Arcade. Gumption, like Coffee Alchemy, is all about coffee so there is no food. It is not a cafe, more like a coffee bar (much like those found in Italy).
I have been eagerly awaiting Gumption's opening for a number of weeks now. As my office is literally next door, it feels like I have been walking pass the store every day to see if there is any sign of an opening. During my lunch break on last Friday, I noticed that Hazel and her staff were setting things up in the store so I stuck my head in and asked Hazel when Gumption would be opening. As soon as she told me it would be the next day, I had the biggest grin on my face and told her that I would see her for their grand opening :D
|Xmas season at the Strand and the packed Strand Espresso -_-|
|Alchemy baristas at work|
|Standing room only: the counter area where one can enjoy their coffee|
Standard coffees are $3.50 for takeaway and $4.00 for have-in, which is more expensive than the Marrickville store and most other coffee stores in the CBD. I blame the exorbitant cost of rent in the city for this but I do not mind paying extra for top-quality like this.
Gumption by Coffee Alchemy
Address: Strand Arcade, Ground Floor, Shop 11, 412 - 414 George St, Sydney