Friday, January 24, 2014

Coffee, Tea and Me, Redfern

Coffee, Tea and Me is a teeny tiny hole-in-the-wall cafe that can be found on busy Redfern Street in...Redfern.  This is the cafe that first kicked off my obsession with hole-in-the-wall cafes and I've been obsessed with them ever since.

I think I first heard of this place via John's blog and then The Boy and I kept driving past it on our way to "somewhere else". Every time we went by I'd beg him to slow the car down so that I could stare, longingly, at this petite little cafe.  Often I'd sigh and say "this is the kind of place I want to own".  It's seems small, and manageable for someone - like me - who doesn't know the first thing about owning or running a cafe.

This cafe is SO small that there is absolute NO seating inside. There's pretty much just enough room for the three staff working there and one customer at a time to step in, place there order, and then step back out onto the footpath to await their order. The ordering process reminds me a bit of the Soup Nazi episode from Seinfeld, except for everyone is really nice and the staff serve every customer with a smile and an hello.

I step in, place my order, step out and go find a seat at one of the mini-sized tables scattered along the footpath outside the cafe. I often worry about seating like this - I mean I'm no feather weight. What if I break the chair, or get down but can't get back up again - my knees don't work so well afterall (for the record, all was well on this occasion...I got down and up again incident free).

I'm here for a quick pre-working breakfast so a coffee is in order. They serve Campos coffee here and it's a really good cup. Not much else to say really - tastes like coffee, wasn't bitter and I didn't need to add sugar. Two thumbs up.

Food wise, the only thing on offer besides a few sweet treats is a selection of bagels. These are some of the flattest bagels I've EVER seen...but this smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel was also one of the most delicious I've had. I think the flatness makes the bagel quite crunchy and the texture is less chewy and doughy then regular bagels. I LOVE the toasted sesame seeds on top.

Coffee, Tea and Me is at 93b Redfern Street, Redfern.

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  1. Helen (grabyourfork)January 24, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Hole-in-the-wall spots always win on charm. I presume the bagels were significantly flattened by the sandwich press? And haha I feel the same way about primary school-sized chairs too.

  2. Cute! I had to giggle at the pic of the guy in the chair - they are quite close to the ground aren't they ;D Glad you escaped well fed and incident free - haha.

  3. Tina@foodboozeshoesJanuary 24, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Haha, I've seen them use an ironing board as an outdoor table :) Cute place

  4. Sherrie @ Crystal NoirJanuary 25, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Ooh the bagel looks fantastic! The coffee here is pretty good isn't it? :)

  5. I can imagine you owning a place like this Mel. The coffee and bagel both look great.

  6. Sort of place I'd love, hole in the wall and cutesey to boot! though not sure I I could get used to the flat bagels, lol

  7. Sara (Belly Rumbles)February 2, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    They are tiny chairs! Such a cute little cafe.

  8. I love the tiny chairs - reminds me of dining on the street in Vietnam (or any South East Asian country really!), and being constantly afraid that my giant arse was going to collapse the chair!


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