Corner of Knox Lane and Bay Street, Double Bay NSW
02 9326 1846
How do you turn a small space in an empty laneway into a successful cafe? Marcio Brito, Stephen Balme and their partners took a shell of a coffee shop, added a brand new fit-out, started serving the best coffee in Double Bay, and called themselves Filosofy.
When Stephen had considered opening a coffee shop, he knew it made sense to partner with an experienced operator. Nearly two years after meeting Marcio, who has a business roasting coffee under his own label in Darlinghurst, Salvador Coffee, the space in Double Bay became available.
As Stephen said, “I knew it would work because Marcio’s beans and his passion for roasting made it a no-brainer.” Marcio created a coffee blend especially for Filosofy clientele, Espresso Quintana, a tribute to his grandfather, Salvador Quintana, and a nod to his Brazilian heritage.
With its huge open window and clever outdoor seating, the cafe has an inviting, casual vibe. Manager and Head Barista, Cris Ferreira, takes his coffee seriously. With more than ten years’ experience as a barista, he oversees the brewing of the delicious Espresso Quintana blend. Cris described it as having hints of berry, chocolate, caramel and oranges. It’s designed to shine on the espresso machine and cuts perfectly through milk. For coffee aficionados there is always a new single origin on tap that the baristas rotate every week.
Open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week, Filosofy’s menu is simple and healthy. The team manages to turn out a clever variety of food from a tiny kitchen space. Breakfast is big and the cafe is always packed on weekends. You can choose from house-baked fresh muffins, the special Filosofy breakfast, which includes house-made gravlax (cured Atlantic salmon), and the incredibly popular portable bacon and feta omelette. Filosofy sandwiches are great and the cafe also caters to the health conscious, as well as customers seeking gluten free delights, with chia seed puddings, gluten-free bread and gluten-free organic granola.
Since opening in late 2014, Filosofy has become a draw card for all serious coffee drinkers in Double Bay and has started to get a reputation around the Eastern Suburbs. Like all good cafes it’s all about the coffee, and the atmosphere created by truly service-oriented staff. Filosofy has a great team with energy and a sense of fun that make it an uplifting place to visit.
Although Stephen and Marcio started the cafe with the intention of slowly building the business’ reputation, it seems the small space on the corner of Knox Lane and Bay Street has exceeded their expectations in a very short space of time. So pull up a chair at the large, open window and enjoy the freshly brewed coffee and accompanying treats.