It can be quite lovely when an opportunity presents to visit somewhere new when you weren’t expecting it. Such was the opportunity last week when I went to a meeting in town with Boss B and he fancied a visit to Small Print Baker and Roastery, the newest addition to the ever impressive Brookfield Place complex.
It’s quite the buzzing little cafe. Now Boss B is a big fan of his coffee and had heard it on the grapevine that Small Print was packing some impressive coffee making hardware. As noted on their website, “All our coffees are freshly roasted, in-season, current crop offerings grown by quality focused farmers throughout the world.” So Boss B’s expectations were high, especially since they were using a top of the line La Marzocco Strada machine.
The barista was a friendly fellow who had a good in depth chat into Boss B while he prepared our order of 7 flat whites to take back to the team in the office.
“Our baristas are intimately familiar with the varietals, regions, and processing methods of everything we offer and are happy to talk with you regarding any questions you might have whilst paying us a visit.”
So while Boss B waxed lyrical about all things caffeinated with the barista I perused what food was on offer. All looked so lovely and fresh! Beautiful little pies, freshly baked rolls and sandwiches with an array of fillings and a few sweet treats too!
Don’t these sandwiches look great – impressive height on them! No scrimping on filling here!
I particularly liked that you could see into the kitchen where all the baking action happened!
I decided on this visit I’d sample Small Print’s spin on the classic ham, cheese and tomato with a Jamon, Tomato and Manchego Cheese Roll ($9).
I could feel the roll burning a hole in my hand bag as I waited impatiently to get back to work to eat it. No complaints on the size front from me. Ample filling and it was a really tasty combination. Jamon is a dry-cured ham from Spain so it had a pleasant saltiness to it. And Manchego is a type of cheese made in the La Mancha region of Spain from the milk of sheep of the Manchega breed. The creamy cheese, the sweet tomato slices and the slight salty ham – it was a winner, especially when served on the freshly baked and just that little bit chewy roll. Chewy in a good way I mean!
It had only been a quick visit and I hadn’t eaten in, twas more a picnic at my desk style situation, but I’d been a big fan of what I’d tried. And while I do not profess to be a coffee connoisseur this was a very good brew.
And if Boss B’s first impressions were anything to go by I know where he’ll be heading from his CBD coffee fix going forward :)
Nice work Small Print!