Black Betty Espresso Co.

Jonno Sea doesn’t want to be a coffee wanker. Look around at his cafe and you’ll see all the tropes – an extensive coffee menu, barely any food and a bar covered in scientific brewing apparatuses.

But Sea isn’t actually bothered whether you order a skim cap or a V60 filter. He simply wants to show people the variety of flavours and textures that are possible in a cup of coffee.

His team employs almost all the modern techniques of coffee brewing (though nitro coffee is left out), with beans from Single Origin and the occasional guest roaster.

The idea of having the V60 filter, siphon or cold-drip production splayed across the counter and communal table is to encourage questions. If you want a tea-like experience go for the siphon that Sea imported from Japan. If you want a full-bodied coffee, ask for a batch brew or filter.

Strangely, this coffee science all happens next to a Subway store in a well-hidden Kensington alcove. Black Betty, the darker, more pared-back side of the space, doesn’t serve any savoury food itself, but coffees can be supplemented with pastries from Brewtown.

Updated: April 11th, 2018

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