April 27, 2017

Lee and Me Café

Lee and Me café is located in the CBD of Wollongong. Owners, husband and wife duo, Lee and Shay Sullivan (Lee) and Benny (Me) have made a special space right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Crown St Mall. Drawn in initially by the personality of the 1890s heritage building and the inviting atmosphere of fresh flowers and upstairs store, I was highly excited about my dining experience.

When chatting to Head Barista Jack, latte art and coffee enthusiast, he proudly explained that Campos is their choice in coffee, as they can always rely on delivering both quality espresso and filter to their customers. The team are very passionate about expanding their customers’ coffee palate with the offering of single origin, blend and filter. On the espresso menu they were serving Superior Blend; Single Origin Costa Rica Sangre De Toro; and for filter, a Colombia Finca LA Negrita Geisha.

Using a four group La Marzocco Lineman PB, their front bench setup includes two grinders, scales and an array of essential coffee tools. The single origin and Superior Blend share the Mazzer Colt grinder, and the Mahlkonig Ek43 for filter. Coming into winter, filter is their current focus, using the automatic XTS Fetco, but they also have a variety of manual alternatives to experiment with.

We stopped in for a Saturday morning breakfast and joined in on the weekend buzz of friends and lovers catching up. The service was friendly and prompt, considering that both inside and outside were packed to the brim. Looking for something simple, I chose the bacon and egg roll with my ritual flat white. I was impressed with the combination of having both the essential options of avo on toast and granola, but also the offering of a few alternative selections, making me want to come back next time to try the salt and pepper tofu. The lunch menu looked delicious, with a variety of old favourites with a “Lee and Me” twist. Having a small takeaway menu advertising their “pre order” service of fresh options, and not just the standard grab and go alternatives, showed they really are looking after both their weekday and weekend trade.

If you’re heading into the CBD of Wollongong for either work or pleasure, I recommend stopping into Lee and Me for your coffee and food fix. It can be quick and prompt, or you are free to take some time, explore upstairs and enjoy the friendly atmosphere.

87 Crown St, Wollongong NSW 2500
Hours: Mon – Friday, 7am – 4pm
Sat – Sunday, 8am – 3pm

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