Reviews of ONA Marrickville
Had two piccolos there - one of the Founder and another of the Christmas blend. The coffee itself was nice, but it was nigh impossible to actually taste it below the milk. Both were the weakest piccolos I have ever had. The service was good, but if the piccolos are that weak I would hate to taste one of their flat whites or lattes.
Ona Flavours of Spring (Jasmine and Peach) espresso, lovely creamy body, clear oranges, and a smooth acidity. A Panama called Symmetry for a pour over was a beautifully rounded number with florals, citrus, acidity and some tropical fruits. Really nice Carbonic Maceration washed Kenyan Peaberry for another pour over came laden with dried fruit and some chocolate
First the coffee. Started with a doppio, excellently pulled, lovely rich crema. I’m not the biggest fan of Colombia coffees but this one was worth coming back for. Colombia, El cruce - washed. Then had a latte with my toastie. Choose ‘the founder’ coffee. Very happy with the choice of beans, the brew and the milk was very well textured. The food was nice but very pricey, (I miss Melbourne’s cafés), had a mushroom toastie which was nice but nothing to write home about. $14!!!!! The service. Well it is very busy so don’t expect prompt service. If a bit more than apathy is your cup of tea, give this place a miss. If you’re in a hurry, go elsewhere. The barrista did manage a smile, but the other guy last smiled 20 years ago and he’s only 19. So, for reasonably priced food or quick service with a smile, give it a miss. However, for excellent coffee, and if you’re willing to wait for it, I highly recommend this place.
Anaerobic fermentation for the Columbian espresso came a slightly tighter shot and so generously crema’ed. The syrupy textured worked well with the rich cacao nibs stone fruit concoction - real good. Carbonic Masceration for the Kenyan filter made me think pineapples then with cooling pears - also liked this a lot