Sydney’s CBD is scattered with outposts for the country's coffee roasting elite. But with none of the same scale or primo frontage, Diggy Doos is matching the level of coffee and service you’d expect from the industry's best – and it's doing it out of a tiny shop hidden in a lunch arcade near Wynyard Station.

It’s as if the whole buzzing operation is powered by owner and Proud Mary alum Paul Lee’s passion for coffee alone. And truly, the vibe here is infectious: Lee and the team bounce between espresso machine and filter bar, evangelizing about the latest roast to the converted who swarm the place every morning.

A blackboard lists the latest geisha and single origin coffees of the day, many of which line the fridge at the back of the shop. Lee roasts Diggy Doos beans – served here and at a clutch of cafes across the city – at Zest Specialty Coffee Roasters in Marrickville. Also, in a Kaffelogic benchtop roaster behind the counter, in 100-gram batches.

The space itself is refreshingly lo-fi, and feels like a room in your house; the kind of place where even the most casual coffee drinker can sit in for a cupping session and feel like part of the crew. Think mismatched stools, handmade ceramics, random kitsch and an entire wall plastered with spent coffee bags from guest roasters.

There’s no kitchen per se – but Diggy hosts occasional pop-ups, and can otherwise sort you with a spicy kimchi toastie or a pastry if you’re on the move. Or, if you need to line your stomach after one too many coffees.

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Updated: January 15th, 2024

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