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This tiny cafe, tucked into the corner of Regimental Square, is brimming with ambition and innovation.

Coffee fanatics should instantly notice the effort that’s gone into the set-up. As well as two beautiful Synesso Hydra espresso machines, the short counter displays an SP9 (an automated, single-serve filter machine) and a pair of Übermilks, coffee gadgets that pour pre-steamed milk.

There are Five Senses blends, rotating single origins for filters, Mörk hot chocolate, kombucha on tap and sodas by Katie Swift.

The design has a light timber bench curving around the outside of the glass façade, gold tinges and timber furniture inside. The marble-topped coffee counter adds further gloss, as does a simple brass inlay of the cafe’s name on the tiled floor.

The menu straddles convenience and ambition. For takeaway orders, there’s Smoking Gun bagels or Bread & Butter sourdough spread with wattle macadamia peanut butter, peach-brandy jam or filled with substantial combos such as house-cured salmon, beetroot, labneh and dukkha.

Also on the menu are bowls, such as the soba noodle salad with house kimchi (far more pungent than the usual cafe variety), a wedge of caramel-y roast pumpkin, radish, mint, crushed peanuts and a lime-miso dressing.