Dee Why cafe owner Alisdair Walter has squeezed a lot into his 26-square-metre space. He has a food-prep station, a shiny EK coffee grinder, some pop-art portraits of hip-hop artists and a bench for customers to watch the world go from while sipping on their coffees.

Just like the space, the all-day menu is compact; it offers just seven items. The names of the dishes pay homage to Walter’s love of hip-hop, such as crowd favourite MC Hammer ’n’ cheese, a toasted sandwich with leg ham, vintage cheddar, pickles, onions, and house mayo toasted on brown Sonoma sourdough.

There’s also the Snoop Hoggy Hog: slow-cooked pulled pork on a brown sourdough roll with sauerkraut, barbeque sauce and house-made mayo.

“I’ve been a huge hip-hop fan since primary school. It’s a massive part of my life and I just wanted to imprint a bit of that – not too much, but just a little bit – on the cafe,” he says.

The “Notorious brews” are made with beans sourced from Brookvale coffee roasters Barrel One. “We run a house blend, which is one of Barrel One Two’s blends, the SoleraI. I think drinkers of milk-based coffee like consistency,” Walter says.

The cafe also has two single-origin coffees running at any one time, a light roast and a dark. “Because we put our single origins through our EK grinder, we can brew espresso coffee with a light or dark roast. We like to have the options for drinkers of black coffee.”

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Products used in the kitchen are also available for purchase. “Pretty much anything we use in our dishes [is available] ... We have some nice pickles imported from the States; there’s barbeque sauce we use on our pork roll, and infused maple syrup.”

Brew & I
Lot 5, 1822 Pittwater Road (Delmar Parade), Dee Why

Mon to Fri 6.30am–3pm
Sat 7am–1pm
Sun 8am–12pm

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