Bill Parianos and his wife Lisa began roasting coffee beans in Orange in 2005, supplying “Bill’s Beans” to cafes and restaurants. Two years later they opened their espresso bar, Bills Beans, in a converted butcher’s shop in East Orange. Fast forward a few years and they’ve now opened Factory Espresso, a relatively new offshoot of Bills Beans, located in the heart of Orange in what used to be a mechanic’s workshop.
When asking for recommendations of places to eat in Orange several people told us we must pay a visit to Factory Espresso.
Open from 7.30am–4.00pm on weekdays and 8am-4pm on weekends, Factory Espresso has a short breakfast and lunch menu, plus a cabinet of seriously tempting muffins, cakes, slices and tarts.
Arriving in Orange at 1pm on Saturday, it was a no brainer to check out the cafe for lunch before checking in to our hotel.
Steak sandwich – pan-fried scotch minute steak, capsicum relish and aioli with house salad and baked wedges ($19.90).
While the menu only offers a few selections it does hit all the right buttons for Lex and I. Being the beef man I am it was the steak sandwich and some lightly baked wedges for me. Pure and simple was the best way to describe it, a well-seasoned and cooked piece of scotch filet, a marvellous bun (by Racine Bakery) with some rocket and quality relish to really round it all out.
Poached chicken salad with Paris mash and salsa verde ($18.90).
Paris mash for lunch, it just had to be done. Hidden beneath the soft and subtle poached chicken and the vivid spoonful of salsa verde was a large dollop of Paris mash that would make anyone’s day. The mash’s intensity was kept in check by the crisp salsa verde, scatterings of rocket and red butter lettuce. Even with the superb mash pushing all the right buttons Lex was still unable to finish it all, so I came to the rescue and made light work of the fluffy mash and remaining salad.
Daylesford and Hepburn Mineral Springs Co. Blood Orange ($3.80).
Although Factory Espresso is well known for their many varieties of coffee I still cannot bring myself to drink hot drinks with lunch or dinner so a cold drink had to be chosen. It was a relief to see no trace of Coke or Pepsi in sight. Instead they offer a selection of the Daylesford and Hepburn Mineral Springs Co. range. Eeny, meeny, miney, blood orange, is how it went down – and what a good method for selection. Fizzy and packed (and I mean packed) full of orangey goodness, my only issue was that I didn’t get us one each.
Regular lattes ($3.90 each).
Sunday morning saw a return visit for a coffee before we headed off to the wineries. Strolling into a popular cafe on a Sunday is one thing, but when that Sunday is Father’s Day it is something completely different. Bustling with families trying to spoil dad we were surprised to get a table right away. Well, Lex got a table and I made sure to order coffee before sitting… it had been more than 24 hours since my last hit. Great coffee, with some nice pouring skills to show off the barista’s skills.
Portuguese tarts ($4.00 each).
Lex simply couldn’t leave without something sweet. During our coffee break the decision making started. What would we grab for a takeaway snack to sustain us on our long journey to the wineries… all 15km of the long, long journey 😉 It was one of those rare times that we both chose the same. And why not, the Portuguese tarts looked spectacular, crisp and full of custardy goodness.
Somehow the tarts made it out of the building and into the car safely. We set off West with the tarts stowed ready for action. Crisp and flaky pastry and a creamy but not overly sweet custard had us wanting more.
Poached eggs with toast ($9.90) and a side of roast mushrooms ($3.50).
A common theme to our Orange trip may have been Factory Espresso. As Monday morning rolled around we found ourselves back at the cafe for breakfast.
When I order eggs, it is almost never scrambled (as this is how I had eaten eggs ALL my life) and only when hung-over do fried eggs make the cut, but poached, that is where it is at. Simple, poached eggs, sourdough and since there was no ‘normal’ bacon the next best side was mushrooms. The eggs were poached quite well and I was able to ooze them out all over the butter drenched toast. The huge portobello mushroom was ok, a bit watery and way too big for me to finish.
Scrambled eggs with toast ($9.90) and a side of maple bacon ($4.00).
Maple bacon, I just don’t get it, I really don’t. Somebody will need to explain it to me as bacon is perfect as it is. Anyways, Lex the blasphemer she is ordered the scrambled eggs with a side of maple bacon. She thoroughly enjoyed it, but I’m still not convinced about maple bacon.
Chocolate Brownie ($4.00).
Lex ate the brownie before a photo could be taken. This seems to happen from time to time 😉 Apparently it was amazing.
The verdict? Our repeat visits speak for themselves, Factory Espresso is definitely a winner and could give many Sydney cafes a run for their money.
133-137 Kite Street
Orange NSW 2800
(02) 6360 2858
Factory Espresso Website