There’s a new Sydney café selling their top tier coffees for $16. I know. Expensive.
Is this the perfect brew? Or are fancy Barista’s taking us for a ride, because they know we’re getting picky and the pod at home hit just isn’t floating our boat anymore?
You can blame a bloke named Sasa Sestic for the price – if you’re a Canberran he’s no stranger. He owns global distribution company ONA Coffee Wholesale and a range of café’s in the nations capital. He’s just opened ONA Marrickville and wants you to think of coffee like wine.
The price does vary across the menu, depending on the blend origin and availability. So just like wine, the fancier the hometown, the more money you fork out for it.
Before you balk at the price, if anyone knows coffee it is this bloke. Bosnian-born immigrant Sasa has a stack of awards to his name, most notably was crowned 2015 WORLD Barista Champion. He is INCREDIBLE.
This guy has scaled the globe to bring the best beans to our lips but the question is; do Aussies LOVE coffee THAT much, that they’d pay $16 a cup?
Sasa reckons some people have asked “why? A $16 coffee is too much, are you crazy? Are you ripping us off?” But, he continues, “it gives us an opportunity to say why and after they find out what we are doing with these coffees and what we’re doing for the communities and then they taste it, they say wow. A lot of people think coffee is just a morning fix. In my opinion, coffee is a lot more than that – it’s an experience”.
You’ll get that if you wonder into the ONA Marackville store. One long bench where you sit and talk to the Baristas, hear about the origins of the international beans and how they’ve been developed.
How many people are sitting at that bench, ordering from the ‘vintage’ menu, with coffee’s ranging from $9 – $16? Sasa says more than you might think. “On the weekend we see anywhere between 50 – 100 a day. People try it for curiosity”.
That doesn’t stop people ordering something that makes him want to throw his head into his hands. “I once had someone ask for a decaf on skim with cream on the top. That just doesn’t make sense. Or a decaf half skim half full cream”.
A hot tip, not the place to swing by on your way to work and grab a cup while you’re on your way to a meeting. They want to sit, grind, chat, brew.. this process is a 15-minute experience.
The verdict? It wouldn’t be something that I could afford daily, but it was chocolatey, passionfruit, coffee goodness in one small accurately warmed cup. With beans he grinded in front of me, while explaining the exact origins of the beans and how far they had travelled to pick me up.
This coffee WILL be making its way to Canberra soon.. Sasa promises.
Would you try it? Tell me here
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