Mecca Coffee Alexandria
In 2014, Mecca Coffee celebrated its looming 10-year anniversary by expanding and upgrading its roasting headquarters. The interior was designed by Smith and Carmody (Black Star Rosebery, Excelsior Jones, Cornersmith), which has a long history working with the Mecca team.
The grand space features high ceilings, long timber tables, terrazzo flooring and tessellated tiles. There’s a garden out the back, plus room for cupping (tasting) and training.
The menu isn’t too ambitious – it’s really about the coffee here – but covers most bases, from muesli with coconut yoghurt to shakshouka and vibrant grain salads. Good news for vegans and coeliacs: you get your own separate menus. All the food is made on site apart from the bread and pastries which come from associated enterprises, Brickfields and Flour and Stone.
As you’d expect from one of Sydney’s leading coffee roasters, the brews here are reliably excellent, whether you prefer a pour-over, milk-based espresso or batch brew. You can find more of the same at the original Mecca Coffee in the CBD, or at sister cafe Soma, in Ultimo.