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White Out

Australians take over the city's coffee scene
Tasting Table: Toby's Slide Show

We're declaring a full-on Down Under coffee invasion.

Australian-backed spots such as Café Grumpy, Culture Espresso Bar, Five Leaves, Milk Bar and Glass Shop have all been holding it down (and quite well, might we add) locally for the signature coffee drink of the Antipodes: the flat white.

A flat white lands you at a delicious halfway dot between a cappuccino and latte: Sized like a cappuccino but without a latte's foam, the drink lays down a silky blanket of steamed whole milk on top of espresso. Now, with two more spanking-new New York shops specializing in flat whites, the Aussie homeland drink is fast becoming ubiquitous.

Toby's Estate Coffee: This shop (which opened yesterday) brings the spirit of the roastery Toby Smith originally started in his mum's garage to Williamsburg. Chat with the baristas at the walk-up pour-over bar as they assemble your flat white ($3.50) with Battenkill Valley Creamery dairy and the ultra-rare La Marzocco Strada machine. 125 N. Sixth St. (at Berry St.), Brooklyn; 347-457-6160 or tobysestate.com

Laughing Man Coffee & Tea: Hugh Jackman owns this tiny trapezoid of a coffee shop on a charming Tribeca street. Sure, it has the glow of celebrity and charity, but the flat white ($3.25) made with the Dukale's Dream espresso blend is full-bodied with a velvety topping of milk. 184 Duane St. (between Greenwich and Hudson sts.), 212-680-1111 or livelaughingman.com

  • Toby's Estate Coffee

    Toby's Estate Coffee just opened in Williamsburg serving top-notch flat whites and a menu of Tim Tams and savory bites, such as sourdough toast with prosciutto, pecorino, black pepper and raw honey.

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    The shelves are filled with serious coffee gear (such as pour-over drip devices) and Australian knick-knacks such as cricket balls.

  • Toby's Estate Coffee

    Cushions are made from used coffee bean sacks.

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    The Cupping Room & Espresso Lab will be used for tasting, testing and classes.The "Brew School" will offer a variety of classes, including pour over, espresso (complete with three levels: foundations, applications, and dedication) and latte art classes.

     

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Toby's Estate Coffee 125 N 6th St New York NY 11211 347-457-6160 Laughing Man Coffee & Tea 184 Duane Street New York NY 10013 212-680-1111

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