Despite being in a car park in Wollongong’s CBD, the atmosphere of the Sifters shipping-container co-op is fresh. With milk-crate seating and tables made out of recycled electric drum wheels, Sifters Espresso reflects Wollongong’s food boom.
The co-op also includes an independent menswear store, Minty Duds; florist and terrarium store Pepe’s Garden; and an art space run by local artist Jess Cochrane in a house at the front of the property.
Before opening Sifters Espresso, local Mel Cox spent six months travelling around Australia trying out different coffee beans. She knew she wanted to bring her experiences back to her hometown.
For house blends she opts for Single Origin Roasters and for cold brew, Coal Coffee. But for black coffees customers are offered a different blend on any given visit. The time Cox puts into curating the coffee list is worth it. The standouts have been Single Origin’s Kenya Kamwangi AA, Sample Coffee and The Sailor’s Son, a New Zealand-based blend.
Every Wednesday to Sunday, Heritage Kitchen from Bulli opens Son of a Gun. It serves its much loved, smoked, pulled-pork and brisket rolls; smoked lamb toasties, mixed grain salads and rhubarb compote granola.
Heritage Kitchen is open from Wed to Sun, 8am-2pm.