There’s a wealth of experience behind the two men responsible for Brewtown Newtown. Charles Cameron previously managed Single Origin Roasters and Toby’s Estate Woolloomooloo, and Simon Triggs was Retail Operations manager for Toby’s Estate and owns Gnome Espresso in Surry Hills. These two have had truly extensive careers in the specialty coffee industry, and for them, coffee is an essential part of day to day living.
Together, they now own and operate Brewtown Newtown, a venue that is more than just cafe, more than just a roastery, more than a bakery – it’s a one-stop shop. Housed in a beautiful old warehouse that dates back to 1911, Brewtown Newtown serves a seasonal bistro inspired menu, pastries made in house and specialty coffee roasted in house and served as a pour over, cold brew, batch brew and espresso. They’ve even got a fashion and homewares retail collection upstairs.
The building itself has had its share of diversity, too – at one time or another, it’s served as the district ambulance offices, an artificial flower manufacturing centre and most recently, a bookshop. If these walls could talk! The tall ceilings, exposed beams and wooden planks, the hanging pendant lights and raw exposed brick walls – it all combines into a super trendy space with plenty of air and light.
Charles and Simon roast their own coffee, a decision they made so that they could take authorship of their coffee and develop into a coffee wholesaler. They buy from a range of specialty coffee brokers and tend to focus on African coffees. Having said that, the choices of what they buy are all made at the cupping table and based entirely on coffee quality. Charles and Simon like to keep the components of their house blends transparent and generally to two or three different origins; currently their Xanadu blend is Colombia Finca Morella and Brasil Ondas de Mantiqueira. The Metropolis blend (all their blends are named after classic films), by contrast, is all Ethiopian – Wottona Bultuma and Konga Natural.
The breakfast menu features everything from grilled black sausage, eggplant puree, fennel and blood orange salad and goat’s cheese, to sticky date coconut chai morning pudding with pistachios and dehydrated mandarin. For lunch, there’s the Elvis burger – ground beef, savoury brewnut, Canadian bacon, Gruyère and mayo served with chips and relish. Or try the toasted sandwich stuffed with coffee-rubbed beef brisket, smoked eggplant, pickled cabbage, porcini salt and horseradish cream on light rye.
You’re most likely familiar with a certain word we just mentioned – the Brewnut. Sydney-siders have been falling over themselves to get to these for some years. Brewtown Newtown’s version of a cronut is simply spectacular, and well worth the trip. Pair one with the Xanadu blend, what could be better?