The votes have been counted and this year’s Cyclist Coffee Stop of the Year is Bay Ten Espresso in Lavender Bay, Sydney…
For a cyclist there is a list of ‘must-have’s’ that a cafe needs to tick off to make it worth going back to: mind-blowing coffee, a bit of space for your bike and a menu that is nutritious and will fill you up.
Cue Bay Ten Espresso. Upon our first visit to the store it wasn’t hard to see why our readers voted it Cyclist Coffee Stop of the Year 2015. There are bikes everywhere, hanging off the walls, leaning up against tables and no one seems to be bothered by them. ‘We’re lucky we have a big space that can cater to cyclists and their bikes,’ says Nathan Devlin, owner and barista of Bay Ten. He’s right. Space is something they are definitely not short on.
The cafe can be found in a converted Lavender Bay warehouse, filled with long metal tables and vintage palettes that make up the seating and a well-dressed metal shipping container fashioned as the barista counter. Tucked under the northern approach to Sydney’s Harbour Bridge, Bay Ten sits adjacent to the bike lane, which happens to be the last point where you can get onto the bridge and also where some 2,000 cyclists pass by daily.
Pairing the right location with a decent drop of coffee has helped Bay Ten garner a cult following in its short six months of trading. ‘We try and do something different,’ says Nathan. ‘We have different brewing methods available, such as cold brew, cold drip, filtered coffee and espresso, just to cover all the bases.’ And Bay Ten sure knows its coffee. The coffee menu is of equal length to the food menu, something every caffeine-loving cyclist will relish. White Horse Roasters, in Sutherland, supply a variety of green beans for Nathan to choose from each week.
‘Our customers keep us honest,’ says Nathan. ‘We know that cyclists know a lot about coffee and so we have to make sure everything we serve them is up to scratch. They’ll let us know if it’s not, and that’s what we like: the honesty that we have with our customers.’
The cold brew is Nathan’s very own Black Magic blend: 50% Indonesian, 30% Colombian and 20% Ethiopian. Something every self-proclaimed, coffee aficionado can’t pass up trying.
Equally delicious is the food. The menu changes seasonally and features nutritious options. For breakfast you’ll find banana bread, spelt muesli and homemade granola. Fresh sandwiches are also made in-house, with all produce sourced from a small farm in nearby Ingleside. For those with a bit of a sweet tooth you’ll find ricotta, berry and bran muffins, chocolate brownies and orange flourless-cake to satisfy. As if that wasn’t enough to convince you to pay a visit, Bay Ten also shares part of its space with The Body Mechanic where you can get your bike professionally fitted while you wait for your coffee. For more information, visit baytenespresso.com.au.