April 27, 2013

Kingston & Co

588 High Street, Penrith, NSW 2750.
(02) 4731 3703

This latest project from hospitality entrepreneur Fernando Drakos is a gem of the West. Kingston and Co. located in Penrith is the culmination of years of café experimenting from Fernando’s projects both in Australia and overseas. Fernando, a combination of Greek father and Spanish mother, was born into hospitality. He co owns several other café concepts in Sydney with Dish Espresso at Moore Park and Kingston and Co. at Belconnen in Canberra. The Penrith setup is state of the art, with a complete snub on the latest café look of industrial style fit outs. Kingston and Co. has given the design a warm majestic feel like the café’s cool name – on further discussion I found out it was the name of his beloved pooch. The café has a high-end franchise feel, with no tacky bits attached.

Fernando has brought his good friend Darryl Martin into his new project as Executive Chef to take care of the food offerings across all of his cafés. The highlight of my visit was the amazing food on offer, all being generated from the compact kitchen snuggled in the corner of the café. I settled on the sticky lamb ribs and came back the next day to wrestle down the pulled pork sanga.  The menu is restaurant quality, and well presented at a café price point.

The coffee was amazing and the small team of passionate baristas made sure I was appeased fully before my service time was complete. Fernando has been around coffee a long time and has fitted the blend well to the market. I also discovered this café king was part of an upmarket tea concept in London and has put a fair bit of his tea knowledge into this café, with some rare varieties on offer.

Kingston and Co. is well placed in Penrith’s newest shopping precinct, right at the funnel of both entrances into the Westfield Shopping Centre. The design also has a street window for quick takeaway service, which has already created a morning lineup for the well presented takeaway espresso.

One thing I really enjoyed about my experience at Kingston and Co. was the superior customer service. The staff all knew how to meet and greet, and everyone that entered the space was put at ease within a few seconds. It’s so nice to see this old fashioned service in a cool café environment in a busy city strip.

I am looking forward to seeing Kingston and Co. progress all around the country and will be enjoying seeing this great café concept outside of the traditional CBD locations.

MPM Advertisment


Introductory Espresso Machine Technician Course – Oct 30th-31st 2018

Do you have a handy team member in your coffee business that is repairing your espresso equipment but needs some assistance in understanding the technical side of being a coffee technician? This two-day course is designed for n...
by Cafe Culture Mag


Breaking News – Federal Government pushes to stop plant-based products labelled as ‘meat’ or ‘milk’

Plant-based products labelled “meat” or “milk” will have to be rebranded if the Federal Government is successful in lobbying for a change of food standards. Regional Services Minister Bridget McKenzie wi...
by Cafe Culture Mag


Taste is key in promoting insect-based food

New study finds promoting enjoyable aspects of insect-based food is more effective than highlighting health or environmental benefits A new study finds that promoting insect-based food as pleasurable, rather than healthy or env...
by Cafe Culture Mag



Snacking to manage mood and health

PEOPLE are increasingly snacking to manage their mood but the lolly jar is out as middle-class consumers with flexible eating routines drive demand for healthy snacks, new research shows. Participants in the survey by Galileo K...
by Cafe Culture Mag


Hardware Societe – Cafe Review

118 to 120 and 123 Hardware St, Melbourne VIC The list is now getting quite complicated in Melbourne when you punch into your review platform looking for a great breakfast. Hardware Societe kept coming up as Melbourne’s top b...
by Cafe Culture Mag




Purezza is reforming the hospitality industry with a product that offers various benefits from increasing profits to reducing carbon footprint. The Purezza system uses advanced technology to filter, chill and carbonate your wat...
by Cafe Culture Mag


Cafe Culture Digital 7 – Out Now

Cafe Culture Digital Issue 7 – now available! Latest news, trends, products and reviews – every month. THIS MONTH FEATURES: – USA Aeropress Champion 2018 – Golden Bean North America wraps up – Intr...
by Cafe Culture Mag


by Cafe Culture Mag


International Coffee Day

In honour of International Coffee Day on Monday 1st October, The Grounds are celebrating with a week long line up of new ways to to try your coffee. Whether you like a classic latte, take it iced or prefer it at the end of your...
by Cafe Culture Mag


Trending Cafes in Brisbane – past and present

For decades, the Shingle Inn was the place to go for coffee. It was an ornate wood-panelled space with mouth-watering cake displays and cosy booths you’d slide into with a few friends. It opened in 1936 and I’ve fond memori...
by Cafe Culture Mag