Marrickville is the suburb settled upon for the soon-to-open Ona coffee project, which is slated to arrive in Sydney in March or April.

Founded by the 2015 World Barista Champion Sasa Sestic, Ona started as a single roaster in Canberra, before expanding to four cafes, a burgeoning national wholesale coffee operation and a sustainable sourcing program, Project Origin. Now, a permanent home in Sydney is on the cards – an espresso bar offering a small, curated food menu, a barista training facility and a wholesale outpost.

But for head barista Isaac Kim, at Ona Marrickville, food isn’t the focus. This is a venue to allow him to share his passion as a coffee professional one-on-one with the customer, and to deliver a “serious coffee experience” that enhances both understanding and enjoyment.

“We’ve designed the layout of the cafe to minimise the barrier between barista and customer, to make it a more relaxed and inviting atmosphere. I hope it will provide a forum for our guests to connect with the baristas.”

The space will be minimalist, but warm and inviting, with a central communal table housing most of the coffee-making equipment so guests can watch the theatre of coffee-making. In addition to the roaster’s regular blends and weekly single origin coffees, visitors will be able to sample a range of reserve coffees, and enjoy them with tasting insights from the staff.

Ona Marrickville will open in March/April.

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