Behind a roller door and inside what was once a metal-welder’s workshop, Two Chaps began as a space for specialty tea production and the launchpad for The Blind Coffee Roaster.
The smells of Sticky Chai being hand mixed in the back of the warehouse and the smoky aromas emitted from the chimney drew a few curious locals to the front window. Two Chaps responded to this curiosity by officially opening the cafe in early 2014 to serve their wares and begin the next project with a hand-me-down bakery trucked over from Rozelle’s Pierre Labancz.
Now they’ve thrown open the big door entirely and have fitted out the 1960’s warehouse as a funky eatery within the restored brick building. The roastery was relocated to nearby Botany as demand for more seats had to be met, although the Sticky Chai is still made on Mondays when the cafe closes for a breather.
The house blend, El Chapel, was developed for its all-round endless flavour and body, which proves a winner with any milk-based coffee. As Owner, Piero Pignatti, put it, “It is a perfect nostalgia trip for those seeking the punchy yet articulate double ristretto of the late 2000s.” The single origins coffees range from common faces on the specialty scene to some smaller, exclusive batches and there are often guest coffees from friends roasting interstate. In addition to the house blend, there is always a new single origin on offer as well as a weekly filter roast that can be had as a pour over, batch brew on the Moccamaster or as an overnight cold brew.
Head Barista, Graeme Alexander and Head Chef, Kim Douglas, lead the keen crew of coffee and food enthusiasts who produce the daily fare at Two Chaps. Everything is made from scratch and the menu is kept simple aiming purely to highlight the locally sourced produce of the week, either as a sandwich on the house baked ciabatta or as a seasonal confit served atop wild yeasted sourdough as a bruschetta. There is also a comprehensive daily pastry offering laid out in the massive glass cabinet. Two Chaps is also open two nights a week offering delicious handmade pasta and elaborate desserts conceived by Pastry Chef, Hayley Macdougall.
The folks of Marrickville sure are pleased that roller door came up to reveal the treasures within.