Serious Eats: Drinks
Now Open: Toby's Estate Coffee, Brooklyn
The latest player in Williamsburg's up and coming Fancy Coffee Ghetto is Toby's Estate, a chic and adult-hip franchise of the popular Australian roastery chain. Though the roastery operates primarily in Australia—and Singapore!—their newest roastery cafe, at North Sixth and Berry, flaunts a serious sensibility worth taking notice of.
The former meat safe turned high-ceilinged cafe boasts a little bit of everything people look for in a modern coffeeshop—reclaimed wood tables, state of the art espresso machine, slow bar, wifi, and friendly staff—with roasting to commence soon onsite. Aussie staples like the Flat White (essentially a modern, unfrothy cappuccino) are paired with seasonal sandwiches during the daytime hours—or try a flight of Tim Tams or, something with Vegemite on it (can't get that one around the corner at Blue Bottle!)
Founder Toby Smith wanted the space to "have everything here working together, an approachable space and not just a coffee place." From the exposed roaster to the cupping room, Smith and his partners see the shop as a full coffee journey, offering visitors the chance to see coffee roasted, cupped for quality assurance, and prepared in a variety of ways—Vegemite or no.
Toby's Estate Coffee
About the author: Liz Clayton drinks, photographs and writes about coffee and tea all over the world, though she pretends to live in Brooklyn, New York. She is currently compiling photographs of the best coffee in the world to be published by Presspop later this year.