Stockyards Grind is a third wave coffee pocket serving scratch waffles, sammies and baked goods. All these are made using a waffle iron, stove top cooker and small convection oven squeezed behind the bar.
Though there are only six stools and a sunny couch, every place to sit is relatively comfy and the space is enlarged by details like an archive photo depicting the railway past of the Stockyards, as well as a mirror, rakes and railway ties.
Mini waffles are priced individually, and there are sweet varieties ($3.50) as well as a savoury breakfast waffle ($4.50) with egg white, cheese, kielbasa and spicy mayo.
A Nutella option is topped with tart fresh raspberries and a little coconut, a blueberry version with blueberries in the actual waffle complemented by lots of sticky raw honey and buttery walnuts.
A veggie sandwich ($10) is made using fibrous bread from local Eastern European bakery StariGrad.
Ajvar spread is also obtained from there, and adds something extra to the combination of avocado, roasted red peppers and creamy feta.
A smoked meat "Euro" sandwich is the same price, both accompanied by chips and fruit that rotate regularly, today a healthy popcorn-er's bean chip.
In true third wave fashion, every shot is measured and calibrated from the grinding of the beans to the drawing of the espresso.
Apparently measuring out a perfectly equal amount of coffee coming out of each side of the tamp assures an ideal balance of acidity and sourness in each cup of coffee.
A cortado ($3.50) is served in a small clear glass so the textbook thin line of foam on the medium hot drink can be seen.
Single origin coffees that rotate regularly are on deck, a medium roast notorious blend from Brothers used for the coffee. It’s ideal for drinks like this as milk tends to bring out its chocolatey notes.
Cold brew extracts about twice the amount of caffeine from beans, produced in house using a 24 hour full submersion process, the drip process taking about 24 minutes. The coarse ground Brazilian beans used for this result in an acidic and punchy cold brew.
House made cookies and bars ($4) are all vegan, but can’t be guaranteed to be nut free, so a couple packaged options from Rawlicious are also available. Vegan "nice cream" ($5.50) is also made in house using coconut milk and fruit.
The cafe is equipped with WiFi, and there’s a side patio that could almost be missed, seeing as it looks so much like a quaint neighbourhood front yard.