“Above anything else, our main focus is on customer experience,” says Alex Williams. He and fellow owners, Rani Reddy and Paul Makomaski, were determined to find a unique space rather than one in a particular location when setting up their first Anvil Coffee Co. outpost. “Here you’ve got an amazing presence, you feel like you’re sitting on the water.” Built into Kirribilli Wharf, the cafe is flanked by the waterside suburb’s grand residences on one side and the ever-changing harbour landscape on the other.
“We built everything but the windows ourselves,” Makomaski says of the bespoke fit-out using reclaimed materials. Wooden planks were pulled from the ceiling to create textured wall fittings, while the large, second-hand windows draw visitors’ gaze straight to the water. “The locals love the story,” Reddy adds. “Every brush stroke, every nail in the wall is ours.”
In-house coffee roaster Sasha Jade of Fat Poppy Specialty Coffee created a custom blend for Anvil – “it’s a more chocolatey, Violet Crumble-y kind of flavour” – and has brought in single origin coffees from Guatemala and El Salvador, served black to showcase their complex flavours. “If people want to be spontaneous and try something different, they’re a bit more delicate, floral and fruity with gentle tea-like characteristics.”
“It’s very fresh and untouched,” Williams says of their seasonal menu, which uses Luxe Bakery breads and cakes delivered daily. For breakfast, try their gluten- and dairy-free toasted quinoa muesli with rhubarb compote and almond milk, or the generously layered quinoa tabouleh with Meredith Dairy goat’s cheese and avocado on sourdough for lunch.
“We like to think we have the best of both worlds,” Makomaski says of offering stunning views alongside quality food and coffee. Keep an eye out for their soon-to-arrive second location, due to take shape in an Artarmon warehouse in the coming months.
Anvil Coffee Co.
Kirribilli Wharf, Holbrook Avenue, Kirribilli