Graeme Alexander, head barista at Marrickville’s Two Chaps, is going solo with a cafe offering specialty coffee and a short, monthly menu. The 24-seat cafe is opening in Camperdown at the former Pigeon Ground Records and Clothing space in October.
Alexander says his main priority is high quality filter, cold drip and espresso coffee. He’ll be using a selection of rotating single origins from St Peter’s roaster Sample Coffee: “Things you wouldn’t usually see on the Sydney circuit,” he says. Joining Alexander at the espresso bar will be his old Shenkin workmate, Jos Eastwood.
Due to the small space, and Alexander’s desire for simplicity, the cafe won’t have a stovetop or oven, just a sandwich press to cook all hot dishes. “We're going to have granola, a sandwich, a salad, a bruschetta, a soup and a Little Lord plate. Just one of each.” Alexander, who’ll be sourcing his ingredients from the Vege Box (fresh-produce supplier for Two Chaps, Cornersmith and Mecca Alexandria), says he’ll keep the menu structure the same but change the ingredients each month to keep it seasonal.
It’s Alexander and his wife Jax’s first opening. They’re treating it with the same care and doggedness you’d expect from a shipwreck castaway with their first fish. Alexander, who’s never had any carpentry training or experience, spends his days off with protractors, calculators, nails and hammers. “We’re trying to do as much as we can. If we get stuck, we'll call some mates.” He says the fit out will be ‘60s inspired with vintage furniture from the couple’s collection. “We're not going to cram it full of little knick knacks. Just try and keep it simple but tasteful.”
Little Lord is due to open in October on Salisbury Road, Camperdown.