Things are bustling on Castlereagh Street. Alpha arrived recently with modern Greek and now Pablo & Rusty’s specialty coffee have joined the fray, opening their new city store in early August.

Located in the new green development by Grocon, the interiors were designed by Pablo & Rusty’s owner Saxon Wright and executed by Giant Design.

“It’s one of the first six-star green developments in the city and that fits with our focus,” says Wright.

The cafe is 100 per cent powered by a bio-generator, so they are off the grid, and like every Pablo & Rusty’s cafe, the fit-out has its own flavour, designed for the specific location.

Raw brick, hanging green baskets, honey toned and recycled woods and a dedicated black coffee bar are drawing a busy crowd.

“I think people are cautiously excited by the black coffee bar… It’s a great way to engage people, and I wanted a space where we could do that, not just a hole-in-the-wall. I wanted to show people what coffee can be.”

Of course, they have their full range of coffee on offer, from single origins and filter to their seasonal espresso blend, and you can buy beans, specialty teas and brewing accoutrements to take home for DIY too. Bread is from The Bread & Butter project and head chef David Walker is busy in the kitchen, where he has been given a free hand to create a fresh and varied menu, including bakery items.

The key at Pablo & Rusty’s is their ongoing commitment, not only to great small-batch roasted coffee, but to doing things as ethically as they can – from sourcing beans and top grade tea from ethical suppliers, to using The Juggler bottle-free milk system to reduce waste.

You can also find P&R’s in Gordon, Lane Cove, Sydney Olympic Park & Epping.

Pablo & Rusty’s CBD
161 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

Mon to Fri 6.30am–5pm
Sat 8am–4pm