An inconspicuous warehouse on one of Marrickville’s main roads is home to a cafe and coffee roaster with one sole focus: source the best beans and do them justice.
Roastville is owned and operated by George Choutis. The industry veteran has 25 years of hospitality experience, and his newest venture stands as testament to his love of great food, coffee and design.
As the name suggests, George and his team roast coffee on site, meaning they have full control over the process from bean to brew. Despite his years in the industry, George continues to be fascinated by the process and loves nothing more than finding the right blend for every customer, whether they’re having a latte in-house, or taking a bag of beans home. He’s so passionate about the industry that there are even plans in the works to start a barista school to train and support keen aficionados in the fine art of making coffee.
With this kind of enthusiasm behind the counter, there’s no doubting the coffee offering is both considered and crafted. Espresso, cold drip and pour over is on offer, with the latter showcasing the flavour and clarity of George’s blend. It goes down nicely when consumed in combination with some of the delicious pastries made in-house, including the cafe’s take on a Snickers tart.
The broader food menu complements the Australian weather perfectly, presenting a spin on breakfast classics. If you’re looking for a burst of flavour, try the Infamous Kimchi Waffles – fried chicken, sriracha, Kewpie mayo, rocket and shaved parmesan, or the Dirty Bird Benedict, which continues the fried chicken theme, combined the poached eggs, sage and polenta scone, harissa hollandaise and rocket. For a healthier dish, the overnight Farmers Bircher is filled with turmeric-tea -poached pear and fresh berries – it’s no wonder it’s one of the cafe’s more popular dishes.
When you consider what’s going on behind the scenes, it’s no wonder the aromas wafting around the inside of Roastville are almost intoxicating. Partnered with the open kitchen, clear view of the roastery, and the pops of greenery, it’s a feast for the senses, and one you’re not likely to forget in a hurry.