David Wu is mad about coffee, and it was his constant search for the best-tasting brew that led him to open Draft Coffee Rosters with his wife Louisa Su in Beaconsfield late last year. “I always believed there could be better coffee out there, and roasting my own beans here gives me total control,” the former Toby’s Estate barista says. “It also allows me to drink as much coffee as I want,” he laughs.
There’s no drinks menu on the wall, a deliberate move by Wu to encourage conversation between the customer and barista. “It’s like a cellar door approach to serving coffee,” he says. He wants people to be open about what they like; if they prefer their drink manually brewed, batch brewed or espresso style. The long communal benches are also designed with conversation in mind. “We want the customers to socialise, like in a bar,” he said.
Wu, a big fan of simplicity, has opted for a Scandinavian design. The sun-filled, open space has light, streamlined wooden furniture, with coffee magazines and books on hand to thumb through. Patches of exposed original brickwork add character to the white walls.
Glass doors give patrons an open view of the roasting room behind the cafe, where Wu spends afternoons and evenings roasting beans sourced worldwide, with a focus on South America. There are several sandwiches available made using artisan sourdough from Brickfields Bakery as well as sweets. “Just like the philosophy behind the coffee, we wanted a simple selection of quality produce that speaks for itself,” Wu says.
Draft Coffee Roasters
404 Botany Road, Beaconsfield
(02) 9698 1539
Mon to Fri 6.30am–2pm