When Paul Makomaski and Rani Reddy opened the shabby-chic Anvil Coffee Co. at Kirribilli Wharf, they didn’t think they’d be opening another. But last week a new and spacious Anvil Coffee Co. in Artarmon was unveiled.
“It took me three years to find Kirribilli, so when you’ve found the right spot you’ve just got to take it,” says Makomaski. “The site [at Artarmon] sort of chose me. I just drove past it and knew it was perfect.”
Anvil is situated along an industrial drag of the North Shore suburb the owners describe as, “a little like Alexandria”. The warehouse cafe blends in with the surroundings, tucked in among hardware stores, TV studios and automobile-repair shops.
Makomaski revamped the space with rare pieces of wartime-era machinery such as an impressive one-tonne, double-headed drill. The lofty space has vast windows, a six-metre-high ceiling and casual, outdoor seating through an open garage roller door.
The roomier location affords obvious benefits – the coffee and food menu is longer and more complex. “The coffee has expanded – we have everything from filtered coffee to espresso to cold drip,” says Makomaski.
Atop the expansive counter sits the most important piece of machinery – the humming La Marzocco. Sample is Anvil’s primary roaster, complemented by a weekly guest roast. Tea drinkers are also taken seriously, with intricate blends from Tea Craft brewed at precise temperatures.
Expect intriguing breakfast items such as the smoked scotch eggs with almond cream, dutch carrots and herb salad and a savoury goat’s-cheese panna cotta scattered among pickled beetroot, black-pepper shortbread crumbs, candied walnuts and lamb’s lettuce. “With us having a much larger kitchen space here, we are able to experiment a lot more and play around with our menu,” says Reddy.
Even the milkshakes aren’t vanilla – expect unusual flavour combinations such as blueberry and lavender.
Anvil Coffee Co. Artarmon
17 Dickson Avenue, Artarmon
Mon to Fri 6.30am–3.30pm
Sat 7am–3pm (from October)