A cafe in Mayfield doing coffee their own way
It could be said that a lot of bad habits are picked up throughout the university years, but for Hamish Brown, of Mayfield’s The Locomotive, those bad habits can instead result in a slightly altered career path. Studying Arts at Newcastle University Hamish confesses to needing a lot of caffeine to wake up each morning, and whilst it’s not uncommon for uni students to drink copious amounts of coffee, Hamish took his new habit to a whole other level.
Instead of opening just another café, Hamish and partner Alex Marzol were looking for a new way of doing things, an interesting way of presenting coffee that wasn’t typically being done in Newcastle.
Taking inspiration from their two favourite coffee houses, Fortunate Son and Hello Naomi, Hamish and Alex decided against being contracted to a particular coffee brand, instead they invested in a EK 43 Mahlkonig grinder and their time into sourcing a range of beans so they could play around with the flavours and create something unique.
Entering the Maitland Rd café you may notice a few things, aside from spectacular smelling coffee, like a lack of sugar. Alex and Hamish prefer to encourage customers to try their coffee without the sugary grain with Alex saying their lighter roast doesn’t produce the heavy and bitter taste that sugar is generally used to mask. Instead, on the bench is a line-up of beans in the very rational 160ml glass cup that Alex says is the ideal coffee drinking size. Each glass is then meticulously weighed prior to extraction ensuring a quality and consistent coffee experience.
In addition to the coffee Alex and Hamish serve up a delicious house-made muesli with walnuts, almonds and cinnamon for brekky, a selection of fresh and toasted sandwiches prepared on Baked Uprising bread and some sweet yummy treats, thanks to the daily drop off from Hello Naomi.
If you like to keep your coffee strong and consistent then drop by The Locomotive and check it out for yourself.