There’s no mistaking what’s on offer at Hucksters & Co. – it’s written on the door. Dealing in specialty coffee and sourdough, the James Street cafe ensures that every passer-by starts their morning on the right foot.
Hucksters & Co.’s Brad Sitlington is a triple threat, holding the titles of owner, Manager and Head Barista. If you’ve ever worried that you’ll end up in the wrong profession, then don’t; it’s taken Brad some 20 years to figure out that coffee was his true calling. Boasting stints as a pastry chef, sign-writer and graphic designer, Brad eventually realised that his passion for coffee deserved far more attention than just being his hobby.
The coffee at Hucksters & Co. comes from Collingwood-based roaster, Allpress Espresso, which is known for its ethical, crop-to-cup approach, consistent quality and innovative air-roasting techniques. Huckster’s house blend is the Supremo, a medium roast combining beans from Brazil, Colombia and Papua New Guinea. The blend is sweet and bold with hints of red berry and cocoa.
Alongside milk-based coffee and espresso, you can get your hands on iced coffee, cold drip and filter coffee too. What’s a coffee without a treat? Hucksters & Co. provides freshly-baked sourdough bread, as well as a variety of mouth-watering sourdough pastries.
The short but sweet menu centres heavily around carbs (but who could complain about that?), featuring the likes of a scrambled egg and brioche breakfast roll, pulled pork and slaw on sourdough ciabatta, or a muesli and yoghurt cup with berries. But the sweets are really where they shine. Think freshly made gooey brownie, Mars Bar and Malteaser slice, or Tim Tam balls with other sweet delicacies.
Inside, the vibe is laidback Brooklyn brownstone meets big city chic. A black and white portrait of Bill Murray and David Bowie adorns the centre wall and you will find a 1940s French oak table greeting you as you come through the door. Don’t have time to sit down? Step past the bi-fold window and head straight to the counter – you’ll be in and out in no time.
For specialty coffee, sweet and savoury treats and service with a smile, head to Hucksters & Co. for all that, and then some.