Sensory Lab Opens In Bondi!

By Ellie Schneider
14th Nov 2013

Sydneysiders, your coffee mecca has finally arrived. St ALi's Sensory Lab is opening its doors tomorrow.

Set along the bustling Hall Street precinct, adjacent to Gelato Messina, Sensory Lab is the first Sydney outpost from the coffee geniuses behind Melbourne's St ALi. The moment you step through Sensory Lab's immense glass doors, you are transported into the scientific world of coffee. Think lab coats, and glass medicine bottles.   

The interior is clean and methodical—a pure coffee temple. It is no surprise really, as it was decked out by Aesop store designer Zenta Tanaka. Walls are lined with tea-filled flasks, take-home coffee blends and Hario gear. State-of-the-art brewing equipment has been fitted along the front bench, while intimate tables for two are happily situated through the space.

Here, the focus is on helping patrons find new ways to appreciate coffee. And who better to aid the training process than coffee consigliere and finalist in this year's World Baristia Championship, Matt Perger. Matt and his team of baristas will be offering customers a variety of brewing methods, as well as the usual espresso—although there's nothing usual about this coffee!

When we visited the team this morning, they were carefully adjusting their brilliant brewing techniques for variations in water—apparently Sydney water is hard, and Melbourne water is soft. And these baristas would know.

As for the food, the options are short and sweet—literally. You'll find a selection of four goodies, including chocolate and hazelnut stuffed brioche buns, buttery croissants and bagels, with your choice of cream cheese schmear.

This is one experiment with momentous results.

Sensory Lab
75-79 Hall Street Bondi Beach, NSW 2026
Opening hours: 7 days, 7am-5pm

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