Mehran Granfar has always worked in the corporate sector, and knows what busy office workers need from a cafe. He's opened Chippenburg, a backstreet Chippendale cafe that welcomes local freelancers. He’s serving Chippenburg Cold Drip, a bottled caffeine drink Granfar wants to serve to Sydney workers in need of a hit.
Chippenburg is in the space that was once Little Queen Cafe. The cafe’s old owner, Rob Fuller (ex-Bourke Street Bakery), has been brought back in to run things. Thankfully, a lot of what gave Little Queen its charm, Fuller included, has remained. The semi-underground but sunlit space has been refreshed from a recycled look to have a more professional feel. Now there’s also extra power sockets for laptops, and the cafe can be booked after-hours for meetings or just for working.
The coffee is still from Zetland roasters Allpress, and the menu is similarly simple. “You've got professionals who need something quick, it's a reality of the people who work around this area,” says Granfar. Sandwiches, including a particularly beefy Reuben, are the main trade with supporting salads in summer and soups in winter. Breakfast includes a goji berry-speckled chia-and-coconut pudding. There are also homemade muffins and carrot cake.
The cold drip is tannin-heavy, powerful and slightly sweet, like a heavily caffeinated tea, and served in the bottle. Look out for it in busy cafes or offices soon.
Chippenburg Coffee 28–30 Queen St, Chippendale 0420 445 977
Hours: Mon to Fri 8am–3pm