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Planet Fitness Aug 2019

Core Espresso Darby Street

Bringing a new brekkie and coffee flavour to Darby St

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We just knew on our first visit to Core Espresso, at Warners Bay, that it would only be a matter of time before the family grew. Twelve months on Bec, Richie and the team are bringing their food and coffee flavours to the lucky folk on Darby St.


With the plan always being to open a second cafe it was all about finding the perfect location, and after a friend recommended the 162 Darby Street possie there was no looking back. With only a little bit of work required to transform the space, with much of the interior still remaining from the once urban garden and landscaping outlet, Bec and Richie just had to add their own touches. In the process they have created an elegant yet relaxed brekkie and lunch cafe space.


Those familiar with Richie’s work at Warners Bay, will be fully aware of his passion for food and his knack for turning a humble little bowl of granola into a work of food art. We’re also happy to announce the news that the Core Bullet Shot has made its way into this Darby St cafe. If you haven’t yet tried the 2 x espresso w/ grass fed butter, coconut oil and MCT oil then you just haven’t lived.


Expect no less in Darby Street, if anything, expect something a little more with Bec saying they’re wanting to take it to the next level.

Executive Chef at the Crowne Plaza back in the day, Richie won a bunch of awards for his talents and has literally spent a lifetime in the kitchen. Yet with the hours not being so family friendly the focus had to change which is where their Warners Bay cafe worked so perfectly. Except, that is, for the ultra-teeny tiny kitchen space, which Richie somehow managed to work his magic in. Whilst the Darby St kitchen is only marginally bigger it has allowed them to bring on a full time Chef and Barista to help share the load.


The different location has also allowed for a bit of menu expansion with a delicious collection of petit fours now available to have with your coffee and made by Bec’s uncle, none other than French pâtissier Christian Breton. You can of course still expect to see the extensive Core range of smoothies, cold pressed juices and protein supershakes that are all as equally as fresh as ever with Bec saying,


“Everything is homemade, we don’t buy anything in, each plate is an amazing dish with a lot of time and thought put into every one.

"We plan on doing some really exciting things very soon that no one else is doing in Newcastle. I don’t want to give too much away but we want to create more of an experience around breakfast and a chance for people to try new things.” Seriously how much better can it get?

Now whilst the food is amazing the coffee is being taken just as serious. Head Barista Nathaniel, who you may remember from Glee on Darby St, is on board to share his love for the bean. Nathaniel’s love and knowledge for coffee is so infectious he will have you consuming all sorts of caffeinated liquids, ask Nathaniel about the Chemex Pour Over, a crazy looking and most delicious coffee drinking experience.


Using The Branches Coffee Roasters, the only ones in Newcastle doing so, who Bec and Richie were introduced to by the guys from Glee. Owner of The Branches, Pat, who was once a Glee guy himself and a local to Newcastle for some 15 years, relocated to Mullumbimby to begin roasting his own beans. Bec and Richie said they wanted to use a similar product to Glee being such big fans of their flavour yet wanted to offer Newcastle something a little different. So supportive are the guys from Glee that their first customer just happened to be the guys from across the road.

The last bit of good news is that Core Espresso are opening at the very respectable hour of 6am seven days a week just so you can get your coffee fix exactly when you need it.

Core Espresso
Newcastle 2300
Mon 6am-2.30pm
Tue 6am-2.30pm
Wed 6am-3pm
Thu 6am-2.30pm
Fri 6am-2.30pm
Sat 6am-3pm
Sun 6am-3pm
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