In Short: If you worship coffee, then please pay homage to good coffee at Artificer Specialty Coffee & Roastery in Surry Hills. The menu is succinct with milk coffees, batch brew, cold brew and a manual filter that’s expertly crafted.
For coffee lovers, all points lead to Artificer Specialty Coffee & Roastery in Surry Hills. I have frequented this space on many occasions, and marvel at how a coffee bar can almost always be filled to the brim with customers sipping away at their flat white, filter or cold drip and nothing else. Artificer is all about coffee. If you are wanting a nibble to go with your beverage of choice, bad luck, as it’s simply an ode to all things coffee. During the half hour, or so, I was at Artificer I observed two types of customers. The first type of customers were people like us; we take in our coffee deliberately, yet slowly, ruminating on each sip. We are the type that will savour every last drop, and invariably arrive at the conclusion that the coffee is so good, that one is just not enough. Then, there’s the other type of customer, who comes in for a quick hit of caffeine and saunters off in search of carbs or protein. Either way, it works well at Artificer. It’s a serene, zen-like atmosphere, with aficionados consuming and enjoying, and even discussing the merits of the single origin of choice.
We wandered in to Artificer on a Sunday morning, and as the photo below demonstrates, the cafe is filled with patrons. There are no tables inside, rather communal benches, constructed on the perimeter of the cafe with ledges that will allow said coffees to be perched upon. A Synesso takes pride of place on the coffee bar. A minimalist approach with blonde timbers is in keeping with the zen-like atmosphere. The background sound track is my kind of music with the best of The Police featuring.
I start off with a batch brew. A single origin Colombian Finca Pedregal yields grape flavour. It’s bright and acidic with honey notes and a refreshing mouth feel. As the coffee cooled there was a brown sugar finish. Loved the dimensionality of the brew.
Fellow Coco and Viner Mavis found herself a spot in the corner, and as we go through one of those oppressive January weeks where the humidity levels is at shirt soaking levels, she is cooling with her favourite style of coffee, a cold brew. Served on rocks, Artificer shows what they can do with a Rwandan Jarama. It starts with raspberry notes, with hints of citrus flavour, and like my batch brew finishes off sweet, with an almost pineapple fruity sweetness. I help myself to more than just one sip, it’s so good.
To complete our experience, I could not leave without trying a flat white. It’s beautifully presented, and a sip reveals silky, smooth textures. A 40% Brazilian and 60% Colombian blend reveals a sweet flavour, so much so, I forgo my normal teaspoon of sugar. It’s a lighter roast, that’s not too heavy on the palate. A delightful cup that would appeal to a broad section of the population.
Buzzing on the caffeine hit, we left knowing that in Surry Hills for a pure coffee experience that Artificer Specialty Coffee and Roastery will always come through with the goods.