Darwin has snuck on to the coffee scene in recent years with fresh brew.
Coffee shops are popping up around the Top End, the number of discerning coffee drinkers is growing every day, and more baristas are wanted in the NT.
One of the cafés that is contributing to the brewing scene is Cafe Del’ Art, nestled under an office building at the green end of Mitchell Street in the city. Co-owner Christos Panas is a reputable barista and veteran of the hospitality industry, who also claimed an illustrious title at the National Café Biz Pura Latte Art Championship in 2013. Together with business partner Maria Simeon, Cafe Del’ Art opened its doors in March 2014. Word has since spread far and wide that it’s the place to go for coffee.
You know that café you walk into every morning and don’t even have to say a word, because they already know what coffee you want? “Customers here are spoilt and fortunate to have their ‘usual’ presented exactly the same every time,” say Christos and Maria, who are adamant in providing an efficient and friendly service.
Tucked in a corner of a busy street and breezeway, the café is set out with an array of alfresco furniture – very simple, yet comfortable. Inside, the décor consists of neat eclectic art pieces, decked with shelves of coffee beans and single origins available for sale. By way of equipment, Café Del’ Art uses an unpretentious looking San Marino 3-group espresso machine and standard Mazzer grinders. Regardless, the coffee tastes good. Sitting also on the counter is the very fascinating cold drip coffee tower, bringing a refreshing caffeine alternative to the Top End. Christos was, in fact, the first person to introduce single origins and cold drip coffee to Darwin. “People know what a good coffee should be,” he says. “It’s great that a coffee culture is forming and growing quickly.”
What’s a café without food? Cafe Del’ Art settled for nothing less than a menu that’s good to grab and go and yet “still looks and tastes good”. The café houses a display cabinet of fresh daily made sandwiches/rolls/salads, alongside a wide selection of delectable sweets including raw delights to satisfy the sweet tooth. If you prefer to dine-in, the all-day breakfast and lunch menu boasts some perfect eggs and homemade recipes.
The owners of Cafe Del’ Art have plans to refurbish the café in the near future. “We are continuously looking at new ways to grow the business, so we are looking to extend the bench top, upgrade to a bigger coffee machine and introduce new flavours to the menu,” says Christos.
Mon to Fri – 7am to 3:30pm
Saturday – 7:30am to 2pm
24 Mitchell Street, Darwin NT
(08) 8981 6250