Visiting Ickle Coffee’s flagship store in Kingsgrove is an educational experience. In this colourful and welcoming space there's always something fantastic brewing. Bags of various single origins are on the shelves, and co-owner Rowena Chansiri is on hand to guide customers through the options.
Chansiri, who roasts Ickle’s coffee in Alexandria for some of Australia’s best cafes, co-owns Ickle with her sister Kate Chansiri. Sustainability and good ethics are important to the sisters, from the importers they choose to work with, to waste minimisation in the shop. Coffee beans are sold in Ickle bags made from recyclable materials, or you can BYO coffee bag and fill it with whatever is on offer that week. It might be an Ethiopian natural-processed (good for milky coffees); a Rwandan wash-processed; or a sweeter, fruity reposado from Costa Rica (good for espresso or filter).
Pastries such as Portuguese tarts, orange cake, Boston doughnuts and croissants come from Tuga, and gluten-free fare comes from Little Secrets Bakehouse. If you're after something to drink besides coffee, there are vegan smoothies including mango, acai and green.
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