Saint Georges is the same of a street in Australia, but it’s also the name that Javier García and Zoe Erskine gave a few months ago to their new and cozy spot right in the heart of Chamberí: Saint Georges Cafe.
Their idea was to have a little piece of Melbourne in Madrid, and without a doubt, they’ve achieved it. It’s all a homage to the street they lived on for around seven years.
From there, they’ve brought the passion and care for coffee. “The Italian immigration has been very important on that continent, where they brought a culture of coffee that the Australians have taken charge of perfecting,” Javier told us.
Under this philosophy, Saint Georges Cafe was born a few months ago. All the various coffees on their menu are sustainable, fair-trade and grown in an eco-friendly way. Among their providers one finds Toma Café, Hola Coffe and Puchero (in Valladolid), and their list of offerings is long: cortado, espresso, latte, cappuccino, flat white — the Australian version of a double cortado — or the bulletproof, a calorie-laden bomb that’s fashionable in the U.S. and Australia and includes organic butter and coconut oil.
To accompany any of those exquisite coffees, they have a succulent variety of homemade pastries: organic cookies with coconut and oat, muffins with berries, lemon madeleines or sponge cakes made daily in their bakery on the lower level. They have them in lemon and coconut, banana and seed, and apple-cinnamon (our favorite).
But Saint Georges is more than coffee and sweets. They also offer salads and healthies for the lunch hour. En their menu you’ll always find two types of salads and two types of sandwiches with seasonal products — organic, too — that vary every day, and there’s always a vegetarian option. Plus, every morning, they post their dishes for the day on their Instagram account! On Mondays they’ve joined the initiative #meatfreemonday and, recently, they’ve started to make bagels on Fridays.
To finish, they have a variety of iced teas: green tea with ginger, hibiscus tea, or mint and lime. Certainly, we can’t forget the tasty ginger beer.
All this, you can order to go or to drink in the little corner they have in the back with a small table for two.
Saint Georges Cafe goes to show that when things are cared for, they’re much better.
Saint Georges Café
Cardenal Cisneros 64, esquina Eloy Gonzalo (Metro Quevedo), Madrid
Hours: Monday to Friday: 8am to 5pm
Prices: espresso: 1.80€ / flat white: from 2.10€ / organic cookies: 1€ / Salads: 7-9€
Text and photos: Aitziber Redondo