If you pass The Lab Cafe before 9 in the morning, you’ll see a decent-sized crowd hovering outside waiting for their morning brew. So it is worth the wait?
The “cafe” itself is small with a fairly minimalist outlay. The walls are tiled black and silver lamps hang from the ceiling. It makes for a stylish and welcome contrast to the otherwise dull and outdated Hunter Connection (similarly to the Martin Place Circle outlet). The beans come courtesy of Marickville’s Di Lorenzo, a team that boast pretty good coffee flavour.
Once ordered, coffees are pumped out in their red and white striped cups pretty quickly, although due to the large amount of customers, you can still expect to wait around five minutes.
Now, down to the coffee itself. It’s smooth, a good temperature (no signs of burning), and has a rich flavour without too much bitterness. At only $3 for a regular coffee, the quality is pretty impressive.
On the downside, the Lab Cafe is a true “whole-in-the-wall” kind of place, which means nowhere to sit and they don’t serve any toast or baked items- just coffee. But if coffee is all you’re after, then to answer the original question, yes, it’s worth the wait.
Hunter Connection, off Pitt Street, Sydney
Shop 18, Martin Place Shopping Circle