I recently discovered Norwood, a cafe housed in the sustainability driven 'Burwood Brickworks', on Middleborough Road. What I love about this site, is that it boasts its own ‘Living Building Challenge (LBC)’, which is regarded as the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment. Seemingly, in order to achieve LBC accreditation, a building must operate as effectively as a flower – getting all of its energy needs from the sun, using and circulating water, producing no waste or toxicity and looking visually appealing and vibrant.
I must say, It makes for a great story! What else makes this corner spot appealing is the fact they roast their own coffee. A quick chat to the barista soon revealed he was also responsible for roasting the beans that went into making my coffee, so it was a true representation of what he’s hoping to achieve with the Burundi I was offered. A sweet espresso, it had tart acidity, with a creamy mouthfeel, and notes of dark chocolate with cranberry.
On the food front, the South American Breakfast did fascinate me. What makes for the perfect South American Breakfast? Well, according to these guys; Colombian corn cake with smoked salmon, tomato salsa, whipped avo, fresh cheese, chimichurri, and a fried egg. I can see exactly why.
The local favourite is no surprise: Hotcakes with lemon curd, raspberry butter cream, and thyme syrup.