It’s a well-known fact that the best business meetings happen over coffee. At Kaimaki, the cafe smack bang in Kogarah’s business district, this might as well be its motto. Offering its local workers crafted coffee and fantastic fare, it’s no wonder so many flock to its corner-side position.
Owner Nick has run Kaimaki for the last 14 years, ensuring locals and first-time visitors are getting a good cup of brew and a meal worth leaving the office for. After plying his trade in city cafes, he decided to venture out on his own, managing his own cafe while also taking the role of head barista. That’s not to say he only has fingers in two pies – he’s very hands-on and particular, meaning every product is specifically chosen for its high quality and passes by his discerning eyes before it reaches your cup or plate.
Considering his shrewd eye for quality, it’s no surprise Nick has chosen Ducale Coffee’s Monsoon as Kaimaki’s house blend. With a pink candy stick musk and almond perfumes, the lively and complex blend features deep, dry cocoa and rich toffee flavours, with a slight orange or mandarin zest finish. Despite its heavy body, it has a very low acidity, making it perfect for milk-based drinks, bringing out sweet cocoa and malt tastes. Beans are sourced from India, where they are processed by the Monsoon Malabar method,
as well as Guatemala and Nicaragua.
He chose the blend because of its full body, but recognises that it’s a hard bean to work with. The processing method makes the bean somewhat unstable, meaning the baristas have to keep an eye on the grinder, adjusting settings to achieve the best possible result.
Along with the full gamut of espresso offerings, they have a rotating list of single origins from Ducale and offer cold drip. There are also plans in the future to introduce the pour over method to their menu.
While the coffee might form a large part
of Kaimaki’s appeal, food hasn’t fallen to
Morning visitors have a whole host of dishes to choose from, including a full range of pancakes, eggs and toasted sandwiches. Snack on Turkish toast with ricotta and honey or, if the stomach’s rumbling, opt for the sweet corn fritters with prosciutto, avocado, grilled tomato and rocket, or the Superman pancakes and rolled oats, with protein, ricotta, banana, berries, yoghurt and roasted almonds.
If that’s just not enough protein for you, there are over ten egg-based options to choose from, including Nick’s Special, a plate of scrambled eggs, spinach, ham, tomato, mushroom, feta and avocado or a Kaimaki omelette, with potato, bacon, shallots, sun dried tomato, halloumi and rocket.
The black-walled space sits just seconds from Kogarah station, meaning it’s perfectly placed for a morning coffee, a long lunch or a quick meeting. Just be sure to credit Nick and his team when the deal goes through.