Artificer Specialty Coffee Bar & Roastery Iced Latte


Coffee, for many, is about caf­feine con­sump­tion. It is for me, on the rare occa­sion, although a stiff black tea also does just the trick for a frac­tion of the price. Consistently good cof­fees are hard to come by at cafes or at home even with the right equip­ment. And unlike D, who finds an enjoy­able (and frus­trat­ing!) hobby in mak­ing the per­fect cof­fee, I’ve only a passing interest.

For people who drink cof­fee less as a means for caf­feine con­sump­tion but to enjoy it’s fla­vour, Artificer Specialty Coffee Bar & Roastery is the per­fect cafe. The cafe serves no food, only cof­fee. It’s a fit­ting menu for the equally min­im­al­ist interi­or fit out of floor-to-ceil­ing oak with brushed brass accents. There’s a small num­ber of seats, but there’s more room for stand­ing.


If it wasn’t already evid­ent from their name and menu, they take cof­fee ser­i­ously here. The cof­fee beans are roas­ted on site in small amounts for fresh­ness. This atten­tion to every step of the pro­cess from the raw bean to extract­ing the cof­fee could only lead to one res­ult: a ser­i­ously good cof­fee.

The cof­fee here is front and centre. My iced latte ($3.50) is served with a spher­ic­al ice cube, which melt slower and help retain the fla­vour of the cof­fee. And indeed, there’s no need to hide — the bit­ter­ness or sour­ness that you spend so long re-adjust­ing to bal­ance at home? It’s all per­fectly bal­anced here. Sugar can often hide imper­fec­tions in cof­fee, but there was no need for that here at all. It is one ser­i­ously good cof­fee.

Artificer Specialty Coffee Bar & Roastery is a must vis­it for cof­fee lov­ers.

Artificer Specialty Coffee Bar & Roastery is loc­ated at 547 Bourke Street, Surry Hills 2010.