Cafe Reviews

Cafe Review: Barefoot Coffee Traders, Manly (Sydney)

Manly fare is usually pub grub, ice cream, ice cream pretending to be yoghurt, fish 'n chips and salads. But a couple of high-end coffee shops have crept into the scene and taken a foothold. Barefoot Coffee Traders (no page yet, just facebook) is one of these.

 The Cáscara tea at Barefoot

The Cáscara tea at Barefoot

Inside is what you'd expect from any diminutive cafe (it's basically a hole in the wall) - a selection of espresso-based drinks and other styles of coffee (pourover, cold drip etc.) as well. Probably most interesting to me was the cáscara tea. I'll write about it separately, but essentially cáscara tea is made from the pulp of the coffee cherry when it is separated from the bean, which is then dried. Brewing it in hot water results in a sweet, slightly tart tea-like drink that packs about 1/4 of the caffeine punch of an equivalent volume brewed coffee. Served on ice with no sweetener or any additives it hit the spot perfectly on a hot Sydney summer day.

 Interior of Barefoot Coffee Traders

Interior of Barefoot Coffee Traders

Barefoot is great for a Manly recharge and I'd make the visit if in the area. They also do homemade waffles. It's at 18 Whistler St and is open Mon-Fri 6:30am - 5:30pm and Sat/Sun 7:30am - 5:30pm.