Country-roasted coffee with a big city attitude.
Located in the old newspaper building in central Dubbo is the aptly named Press, a refined café bringing ultra cool city coffee culture to a rural setting. Run by the young entrepreneur behind Suburban Coffee Roasters, a local Dubbo company roasting beans from El Salvador and Ethiopia, Press was formerly known as The Brigade, back when it was located in, you guessed it, the old fire station.
The new site is brand spankers and looks a treat, its homely front lawn presided over by the barista’s station, where morning commuters can grab a takeaway caffeine hit without going right in. Diners enjoy a central communal table adorned in a lavish arrangement of fresh flowers and warmed by an open fireplace. There are several smaller tables both inside and out, and plans are in place to open the rear courtyard to diners, too.
The aesthetic of the café is pleasing indeed. Original Victorian features like the arched doorways and picture rails remain, but are offset subtly against modernising features like high gloss subway tiles, sleek wooden surfaces and industrial pendant lights. Natural light flows throughout, and the overall effect is both homely and sleek.
As you would expect of a facility run by a coffee roaster and multiple café creator, the coffee at Press is excellent. The food is tasty too. Almond, coconut and maple muesli comes with a lashing of spiced yoghurt and fruit compote, while the porridge is prettied up with ginger beer poached pears and cashew crumble. Savory standouts include the butternut pumpkin, avocado, baby spinach and poached eggs served with black chilli relish, and what may be the mother of all bacon rolls, served with blue cheese, avocado, caramelised onion and hickory smoked barbeque sauce. Even the tried and true banana bread is prettied up with toffee butter and honeycomb. Make no mistake about it, the food at Press is truly excellent.
With plans in place to open a bar and restaurant, what has rapidly become a favourite daytime haunt for locals and travellers will very likely soon be a hotspot after dark, too. Now that’s a cocktail list we can’t wait to get our hands on.
Press is located at 33 Bultje St, Dubbo, NSW. Call (02) 6885 0621 for more information.