ORGANIC: Lilybow Hamilton and Kenn Blackman of Xtraction Espresso. HE may be particular about his coffee, but Kenn Blackman knows a thing or two about the brew.
Xtraction Espresso has already ranked above most coffee shops in Newcastle’s central business district on Beanhunter – a website where coffee shop-goers can rate their experiences – and it only opened five weeks ago.
It is the only coffee shop in the CBD to use Morgans 100 per cent organic coffee, which has proved to be popular among those who seek a healthier alternative.
Blackman places great emphasis on the three secret ingredients to a successful business: consistency, value and service.
Having worked as a barista for the past seven years, both at his own businesses and for others, Blackman has perfected the art of coffee making.
“I try to make it enjoyable in every cup that I make,” he said.
Blackman has not yet finished renovations on the former Cupcake Espresso space which spills on to the street with a window servery, but he plans to create an inner-city espresso bar vibe.
Below is a selection of food on offer at Xtraction from a changing and developing menu.
Food: Breakfasts from $5 including bacon and egg muffin, cheese and house-made relish; home-style baked beans, smoked bacon eye and poached egg; house-toasted muesli, goji berries and chia seeds; turkish raisin toast. Soup of the day, from $7.50. Toasted turkish panini from $9, with choice of ham, cheese, tomato and mustard; vegetarian; or chicken, feta-filled bell peppers, spinach and aoli.
Sweets and more: From $3.50: Banana bread, pear and raspberry bread, flavoured lamingtons and chocolate brownies.
Drinks: Coffee, from $3; hot chocolate, from $4.50; soft drinks and juices, $3.50.
– Georgia Osland