172 Oxford Street (corner Stanley Street) Collingwood, Vic 3066.
19 February 2010 @ 11am. Coffee Brand 5 Senses + In House Roasts.
Our second visit here revealed a crack in an otherwise quite polished operation. The service was painfully slow, our food arriving well before the coffee and the coffee standard just below what we would expect, even after one previous visit. After all this is not a new kid on the block, only the premise is new.
This was an excellent coffee, but challenging, and not really to my taste. But I’m not going to let that interfere with what seems to be a terroir coffee. Like wine, coffee can truly represent the region it is from. In this case the high altitudes of Mt Elimbari in the Simbu region of PNG. This reminded me of cool climate wine. Light brown crema, shimmering and oily looking. It was aromatic with floral and citrus notes and a touch of grilled nut. The flavour was delicate and petite with high lemony acidity, faint pepper, and woody undertones, low bitterness and very good length.
Coincidentally (regarding flavour) I ordered a lemon slice which arrived with the coffee…yippee…
The last sip of this espresso was had with a piece of this incredibly delicious and sweet dessert. The coffee character changed , the acidity disappeared the coffee soften becoming very smooth and creamy with a light malty character.
An accidental food/coffee match…….??Coffee – Short Macchiato. House Blend (Papa New Guinea, Costa Rican & Columbian)
Score 15.5/20 By SamW
There was not much wrong with this coffee, but on the whole it lost points for poor timeliness. It took a fairly long time to come out, and it was only kinda worth the wait.
The house blend offered soft bitterness, a polite acidity and smokey wooden tones. The look of the coffee was brilliant and served in a glass. The extraction looked deep, and the length of pour harboured the milk like a large ying and a small yang.
Coffee – Cafe Latte. House Roast. (Papa New Guinea, Costa Rican & Columbian) Score 15.5/20 By SimonL
This was too strong for a regular strength cafe latte, which is a shame because it really was a lovely coffee but I’ve had to deduct a point for “true to style”. I suspect there was some confusion because GD (who joined us to see what the fuss was about with Proud Mary) ordered a strong cafe latte immediately before me. My order may have been interpreted as being the same. Unfortunately I have to rate it according to what I ordered.
This blend, custom designed by Nolan, really works well in a cafe latte, even a strong one. The espresso component completely dominated giving a strong malty, weetbix-like flavour, grainy texture, mildly sweet creamy backbone and dry finish. It worked really well as a strong cafe latte, but it wasn’t what I ordered.Coffee – Ristretto. Guatemalan Los Volcanes
Score 16.5/20 By SamW
Imagine the consistency of honey mixed with supple and light foam. My mouth was coated in velvet, like licking the oral equivalent of Egyptian cotton. The flavours were sweet and delicate, but I struggled to pinpoint a specific profile. The one-sip coffee left a very oily residue, indicative of a fresh roast.
The only thing more epic than the coffee was the wait, which effected the presentation and compared to last time impacted on consistency.Service 3/5
Ambiance 4/5 Busy 4/5