3 Cookson Street, Camberwell 3124
25 March 2010 @ 10.00am. Coffee Brand 5 Senses
The second time round at Collective Espresso showed us some good signs. They finally have their exhaust fan installed, so food is being served. For a two man operation, they seem to have a lot of bases covered. This time they were less busy (than last time), but the quality was ever-present.Coffee – Espresso. Brazilian Blue
The signature softness and smoothness of the Brazilian Blue blend made itself known here and I discovered some other characters not detected last time. Like the earthy tobacco box notes and fruity acidity (kindly pointed out as raspberry-like by ring-in GD, the Great Dane as he is known). There is something delectable and so easy to like that it is almost lost by not challenging the senses too much. But therein lays its strength.Coffee – Short Macchiato. Brazilian Blue
Like cheese in a sandwich, the wisp of milk sat wonderfully atop the espresso and underneath the crema. Aesthetically, this coffee was magnificent!
The blend has changed slightly (apparently 5 Senses are always modifying), and there is a bigger flavour hit. It’s almost as if there is more pride in the Brazilian Blue. Collective Espresso has a profound effect on me, as I always regress to child-like consumption. In this case, I ate the remaining foam from my macchiato like a toddler gobbles Heinz purée.Coffee – Cafe Latte. Brazilian Blue
Score 14/20 By SimonL
While this coffee presented well and seemed true to style it lost out in the flavour department. The hide and seek game with the espresso began. It was creamy and light in colour – always a give-away to a Cafe Latte’s strength, showing faint caramel and nut, the milk dominating. This was not nearly robust enough for the first coffee of the day or indeed for any sort of hangover.Coffee – Doppio Ristretto. Brazilian Blue
Score 16/20 By SamW
Like a squash ball (compact, tight and well-rounded), the Brazilian Blue works well in shorter coffees. The acidity was much more noticeable than in the macchiato, and the overall balance was slightly skewed towards the front palate.
The extraction and length were spot-on but the crema appeared somewhat light.Service 4/5
Ambiance 3/5 Busy 2/5