21 September 2011
the soft brew
Photography by Anna Kidman
Equipped with a complete interior refit, this stalwart Kingsland café reinvents itself for its loyal patrons.
Atomic Coffee Roasters is rather an institution on the New North Road stretch it occupies in Kingsland. As regular patrons of this café a few years back, we were recently surprised on our return by its complete interior overhaul and refit. A staple coffee stop for its many locals, Atomic is probably best renowned for their experience in coffee roasting. In short, if you’re serious about coffee, this is one establishment where coffee connoisseurs can let out a long sigh of relief.
The interior refit by Paul Izzard Design has an industrial feel without the starkness that too often makes industrial spaces uninviting. With exposed brick walls, uniform black pendant lights lining communal dining tables, the space welcomes those seeking wi-fi, a quick refuel or a bite to eat. Park up on the long centre island and watch the comings and goings of New North Road with its floor to ceiling window façade as we did.
Their food comprises the usual café fare including a delicious array of sweet-treats that we found impossible to turn down. Everything is cooked on site: chocolate ganache cupcakes (yes they were good), and various slices, tarts and salads for the healthier among us.
Also, for the coffee enthusiasts in our midst, you’ll be pleased they’ve recently begun soft-brewing, a technique that embraces single origin coffee beans (it basically allows you to taste flavours unique to the bean’s origin) for a purer take on the morning cuppa. Make sure you ask for Josh – when we visited, he was pretty skilled in whipping up a good brew.
420c New North Rd