What does a girl like me do after having a bad coffee for breakfast? Obviously go out and find a better coffee to make me forget about the first one. At the behest of Iron Fist, there was no other place to find better coffee than to take a short detour off to Single O in Surry Hills, which has long been renown for its excellent coffee. Getting there before 10, the place was completely packed, and we had difficulty in getting a table.
Coffee beans lined the counter, and at the request of some friends, I got some to bring back to Brisbane.
Only after a good 15 minute wait did we get a table. Unfortunately it was outside, but there wasn't air-conditioning inside either so that wasn't much loss.
The menu was very impressive, and gave us not only a list of the available food and beverages, it also gave us a good background and context for the store and some insight into common coffee jargon. Our much overworked waitress then took our order and we sat back to wait for our drinks. We also ordered a Portuguese tart that day, but it didn't arrive.
After a short wait, our drinks arrived. Queen V opted for the chai tea, which was served freshly brewed in a pot with a side of honey and milk. She remarked at how toasty and spicy it was, making for a thoroughly enjoyable brew.
Wanting to try something special, I settled for the manual pour over of Las Mercedes, sourced from El Salvador. Like the coffee card suggests, it came with a sharp citrusy tone with hints of passionfruit and pineapple. As a person who usually drinks their coffee with milk, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this black. It had a really good strength without going over the top. Bitterness and acidity were low as well, which I appreciated.