Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Cup art

Toby took this photo of the impressive handiwork by the barista at Cinque.


Cinque is one of the only mainstays of the ever-shuffling array of cafes on King Street. It's always open, the food is always just good enough, the staff always put one hand behind their back when they pour your water, and there's always Minties at the counter. The menu changes, the cakes stay the same. But they've really gone above and beyond their reliable mediocrity by putting Newtown on the map of the froth art world!

15 comments:

edd said...

very impressive! i will shoot this off to timmy now so he knows what he's up against in the real world. shame this barista wasn't in the world latte art championships, though i hear it was won by another sydney-sider...

Anonymous said...

the mona latte?

h

Michael said...

Reminds me of Chagall's 'Birthday'. Not as good, certainly, but I hear milk froth is a notoriously difficult medium ...

Hammertime said...

I heard about your blog from a friend. I wrote an ode to Clem's chicken here http://hsimah.blogspot.com/2007/05/ode-to-clem.html

Timmy said...

Excellent work! Jack Hannna is the Aussie who won the World Latte Art Champs, from sydney no less! Man am I looking forward to being a Newtonite (if this is the correct term)...

Nosey in Newtown said...

It is one of Blogger's most annoying features that you can't comment on individual comments (or if you can, I don't know how). So here's a bulk response.

Edd and Tim: Very excited about your imminent move to the neighbourhood. I checked out your flat on the real estate website and it looks rad. I will be popping around for frothy hot chocolates at least three nights a week (and to visit Buster of course).

H: I tried to think of a coffee/art pun for a really long time, and failed. You triumph yet again.

Michael: It is actually strangely Chagall-esque, isn't it? Maybe I will go to Cinque and request a frothy latte featuring a goat eating a violin to test their barrista skills.

Hammertime: Your love of Clem's is amazingly timely! My boss' inlaws have owned Clem's for more than twenty years and he's been telling me for ages now that I should do an entry on Clem in the blog, which I obviously should. I have passed on your ode to them, so maybe you'll get a free drumstick if you confess that you're the author.

Hammertime said...

sweet, sweet timeliness. I wasn't really thinking about Clem's until I wrote the poem. Ever since then I can't stop. I predict I'll be there in the next 72 hours, and I may just have the gumption to mention my ode (thigh, please). Speaking of connections, my sister went to primary school with the guy who runs Clem's.

Nosey in Newtown said...

Apparently Clem's loved the poem! You should definitely let them know you're their secret admirer.

All this talk of Clem's makes me question my vegetarianism.

cwdeluxe said...

I for one second the notion that Clems is the most valuable food vendor in Newtown. It was there in the 90s recession days, when King St was a synonym for 'eww' - and it's still there now. I have a fond memory of being 13 years old and being asked by the server, "more salt?", in a nasal voice. I assumed that that guy was Clem, and in my mind he always will be.

Thigh please.

beth said...

Hammertime, that is one seriously cool poem! You should write a poem for Bubbles the dog (bless his little fluffy heart!)

est said...

Cinque never does any art for me, it's always just dusted with chocolate powder. If memory serves, they use Piaza d'Oro there, so while the coffee tastes good it's pretty bitter.

My local is Anise, which I quite like. They swapped from Dane's (which is excellent) to Arte Caffe (or something like that) in the last few months, and while the coffee isn't so good anymore (in my opinion) the staff are still all awesome.

Anonymous said...

i love cinque!!

its way above mediocre!

if you want mediocre try the new 'newtown cafe' on the corner of king & enmore. yikes... what have they done. 2 x 52" plasms TVs no less. Just what one wants to accompany a relaxing snack...(!)

marcellous said...

I know we all love our own coffee haunts, but if it's just the coffee you care about, hard to beat Campos on Missenden Road.

Anonymous said...

meh! cinque scminque! Lame. Anise is by far one of the best cafes in newtown. Easily. They've got a great courtyard, great staff and top notch coffee! I rarely go elsewhere...

arts college said...

Wow,

I wanted to know how these things' done..

It looks so wonderful...