8 Carter Street, Cammeray NSW
0418 977 082
Alchemists saw their glory days during the medieval period, performing experiments that were believed could turn metal into gold. This mystical middle Middle Age belief based itself on transformation, creation and combination, and while we know better today, the team at Cammeray’s Alchemist Espresso are searching for gold of a different kind. There’s no dark arts’ funny business going on here, rather owners, Jon Menck and Emma Fryar, laugh that “we turn our coffee beans into an amazing experience via the art of alchemy!”
Partners in life and in coffee, Jon and Emma left behind their professional pharmacy and television production careers respectively to launch their new venture, this time in honour of the blessed bean. The pair were initially inspired by the space, having driven past the empty Cammeray site for months, envisioning a picture that looks a lot like what Alchemist Espresso is today.
Since opening its doors in 2016, Jon and Emma have allowed Alchemist Espresso to flourish as a neighbourly, corner store cafe that is all about the locals. Everything from choosing their house blend to finding local suppliers was decided with ethos and the community in mind. As such, the mutual neighbourhood vision shared by Gabriel Coffee seemed the perfect fit, providing a decadent house blend named Monte Carlo that showcases hints of cashew, chocolate, caramel and honey that is beautifully complemented by milk. As well as the house blend, Alchemist also plays host to a monthly rotation of single origin coffee options, changing for black coffee and pour overs.
The neighbourhood focus is reflected in the tasty, homely menu, with dishes like soup, porridge and an extreme cheese BLT with aioli and barbeque relish to keep you warm during the winter. Likewise, fresh and light dishes like the quinoa bircher with poaches spices and currants topped with crunchy apply, cinnamon, pepita, goji berries, Greek yoghurt and Urban Beehive Project Raw Honey and Acai Bowls will cool you down as the temperature rises.
If you just can’t decide, in the spirit of neighbourliness, you can opt for the perfect share platter – a smorgasbord of prosciutto, Jamon serrano, house fermented pickles, hummus, marinated buffalo fetta, Dutch cheddar, mixed olives and William pear, soaked up with some crusty sourdough fresh from the ethical ovens of the Bread and Butter Project.
Sitting at the large zinc and recycled timber table is ideal for communal eating or for large groups to share a meal together. Alternatively, take over a milk-crate turned table and stool outside, and soak up the sunshine and Cammeray vibes from the footpath dining space. Tying into the chemistry theme, tables are numbered according to the periodic table, so pop in and find your own source of gold.