Cold press coffee

Single Origin Roasters – Surry Hills

Posted on May 24, 2012 by DL

These days, finding a good cafe with both good coffee and food is not all that hard, in fact we’ve been spoiled by the sheer amount of places that take their coffee and food seriously. What makes single origin stand out from the crowd is that they deliver seriously good coffee -  in various ways.

No I’m not talking about your normal variations such as  latte, cappuccinos and espressos etc. I’m talking about extraction methods, the way the coffee is created. Single origin baristas are trained with various methods of extractions, including french press, aeropress, cold press and various other methods of extraction. For this visit, we went there for the soul purpose of trying out some cold press coffee.

So what’s the fascination with cold press?

To answer that question, one must first know the process of how cold press coffee is achieved – and boy is it a long process.

The process requires the grinded beans to be  soaked in cold water  for a very long time, usually 12 hours or more. once that is done, the water is then filtered through once again using a french press. The result is a coffee concentrate that is often diluted with water and served in a glass, often without milk.

All this hard work for $3.50

So what’s so different? The main difference is the fact that no heat was involved in the process, because of the lack of heat you often achieve a much more sweeter result, removing some of the bitterness of coffee.

Do we like it?  Yes and no, DL loved it, But His friends KT & VH thought it was just ‘meh’ ( Sorry we left you out WX!), But its definitely worth a try, especially once this cold miserable Sydney weather decides to throw a fit and randomly throws a scorcher at us!


olive-poached salmon, black quinoa, soft herbs and orangeOkay,  So I may have lied, we didn’t just visit for the soul purpose of trying cold press, we went there for the food too.

First up, olive-poached salmon, black quinoa, soft herbs and orange ($16).  you know you’re eating fresh salmon when its soft and melt in your mouth, but poach it with olive and you get an even softer and melt-er in your mouth-er experience! To balance the  dish it complemented with some bloody tasty quinoa! For those who don’t know quinoa, its actually really good for you(yay!), it has many properties that are helpful in lowering cholesterol and often used to in diets to prevent migraines!.

polenta, parmesan, pine mushroom and duck eggNext up,  we had a plate of polenta, parmesan, pine mushroom and duck egg ($16)- If you’ve got high cholesterol or afraid of the winter weight gain, , you’re better off skipping this dish and ordering the with the salmon above. This dish must pack a wallop of cream and other fatty goodness, but it was dam rich and tasty (Seriously WX,  we’re really sorry).

12 hour lamb hoagie with oregano and green chilli salsaNext up was the 12 hour lamb hoagie with oregano and green chilli salsa ($16). KT demolished this within minutes, I could only trust him that it was great. But from what I could gather the lamb was soft and the green chili salsa was not overpowering, leaving a very pleasant sensation.

60-64 Reservoir St Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia

Single origin is a great place to visit, if you’re only after their coffee, they also have a ‘sideshow’ shop right next door to the cafe, where you can grab your coffee to go. If you plan to visit make sure you read up on the operating hours as they are fairly limited and unfortunately they are closed on weekends , so make sure you check the details below before organizing your next lunch date!

Single Origin Roasters
Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday 630am-4pm ( Kitchen closes at 2pm!)
Saturday & Sunday – Closed
Sideshow (Coffee only)
Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday – 7:30am – 2:30pm
Saturday & Sunday – Closed
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Have you’ve been to Single origin? If so tell us what you think below! Are you a fan of cold drip?

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What Others Are Saying

  1. Vivian - vxdollface May 30, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    The food looks real fresh here! I actually tried cold press coffee recently (at the Sensory Lab in Melb) and it was different. Kind of like an icy Chinese herbal med brew which was oddly pleasant – though I don’t think it can ever replace a hot coffee for me.

    • DL June 5, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      Hahaha, yea well I don’t think i could replace this as ‘the drink’, especially in winter, but sometimes its nice and refreshing to have something different.

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