Sample Coffee’s second cafe is in the backstreets of St. Peters; let the smell of the freshly roasting coffee guide you to a paired-back warehouse space that’s worth the hunt, with the roaster, imported from Germany, in full swing in one of the rooms.

The space is lean and simple, with understated, pale, wooden tables and benches, a neatly stacked wall of everything you need for coffee home-brewing, and a front coffee bar where the brewing processes are on show.

Choose from black Kenyan Gaguyuni, cold-brew Ethiopian Wottona Boltuma, or batch brew filter Colombia Villa Linda.

The tight menu (which changes every two weeks) is designed to make choice easy. Breakfast includes pastries; cranberry and apricot granola; or apple and rhubarb compote with ricotta. After 9am the selection might be a ploughman’s plate; a sandwich of slow-cooked beef with provolone and pickles; or roast eggplant with pickled zucchini. There’s house-made soda of rhubarb, strawberry and mint, or kombucha made with cascara coffee cherry. You can get your beans to-go, and if you need home-brew help, check out the website where the online community with Mardan and his team responds to home-brewing inquiries.

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Updated: August 8th, 2016

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