Humm Coffee Roasters
Humm Coffee Roasters in North Sydney has a very fancy coffee machine.
The Modbar ABR is rare, expensive and extremely slick. Most of the machinery sits below the cafe’s timber countertop. The only clue that coffee is even being made is three visible spouts with curved wood handles: two for making espresso, one for steaming milk.
The top-of-the-line machine makes incredible coffee and the pour-overs are just as delicious. In the past Humm has served single-origin Kochere from Ethiopia. Lyu describes flavours of dark chocolate and lilac, but what’s most striking is the silky texture of the brew, and the fact it’s more like tea in its subtlety than coffee.
Humm roasts its own coffee at a shared space in Alexandria; the beans are from a wholesaler and are then blended, roasted and packed by the Humm team.
While coffee is clearly the focus at Humm, the food is excellent too. The menu isn’t revolutionary, but it deftly incorporates popular Sydney fare without feeling clichéd or overdone.
There’s a fancy bacon and egg roll with yuzu-sesame coleslaw and Kewpie mayo. And crumpets made from fermented batter served with pineapple salsa, brulée banana, cream cheese frosting and salted-caramel syrup.
The cafe has a neighbourhood vibe with pleasant, tree-shaded outdoor seating and a large, timber-dominated indoor space, and it’s a 10-minute walk from the North Sydney train station.