As an Aussie travelling through the US, nothing comes close to the smell and taste of a perfect espresso shot layered into a Piccolo or Flat White back home.
Persisting with one big-chain coffee after another, I landed in the Big Apple – New York City, ready for adventure and full of expectation.
But first. Coffee.
As I walked in, the aroma of fresh espresso filled the air as I wedged into line.
The café is surprisingly small, but that’s part of its charm. A full-length chalkboard covers the back wall with the words “Try our Flat White….my favourite” written in Jackman’s handwriting in the bottom right corner. I can’t help but smile.
Feeling like a Local
I order my tall Flat White and proceed to stand by the front door, mingling with other coffee lovers as we await our order.
For a moment, I didn’t feel like I was in New York, but a small-town convenience store as everyone made small talk while surveying the shelves of ethically-sourced coffee beans from the Ethiopian farmer that Jackman has partnered with.
“I noticed your accent. Australian, right?”, a young man asked me.
“Sure am, mate. Ever been?”, I replied.
“No sir, but I plan to go next year. I can’t wait”, he replied in a thick New York accent.
“You’ll have the time of your life mate. The people, the food, the coffee, the beaches – it’s the best place on Earth. Well, maybe aside from New York”, I grinned.
As the young man’s coffee order was called, we shook hands and he wished me a great time in his hometown.
Moments later, I took a sip of my Flat White. It was perfect.
Now to take a bite out of the Big Apple.