Jean Demirjian has a long history in coffee. But while he’s fronted a number of popular cafes over the years in neighbourhoods from Crows Nest to Surry Hills, he’s back in Lane Cove after more than a decade to open his own little coffee hole-in-the-wall, Story Espresso.
Regulars are already flocking back for pastries from Luxe, Liege waffles with Belgian chocolate and NYC Reuben sandwiches. But more importantly, they’re returning for the coffee (a house blend with a Central American leaning) and the friendly smiles from Demirjian as he works his magic on the Synesso, chats about the merits of filter coffee and encourages the AeroPress curious.
But there’s nothing daunting about this little cafe. There might be single origin on offer, but you won’t find siphons stealing the show. It’s just about great, straightforward coffee. And the clean look of the place (courtesy of Demirjian himself) has a hint of a Scandinavian sensibility, thanks to influences from trips to Stockholm.
Things are still settling in – there are street-side tables still to come and hours are yet to be nailed down – but you’ll find the door open from Monday to Saturday, usually from about 6am until late afternoon.