98 Balmain Street, Melbourne, 3121
(03) 9025 6720
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Date: Thursday 13/5/10
Coffee Brand: Veneziano
This place can be a bit tricky to find (their address is behind another address), and it can be a bit difficult to find car parks nearby. However, what awaits you is a wonderfully open space that is neither cluttered nor noticeably sparse. Seated at tables toward the back of the room make you feel like you are behind the scenes, as you’re behind the baristas and service bench. It’s a nice feeling.
On our visit here the staff were pleasant, albeit not overly knowledgeable about their coffee brand (Veneziano), the blend composite (it’s stated on the wall) or single origins. This was speedily remedied with a nice smile and by the waitress asking the barista.
NOTE: The feature coffee (a single origin) was unavailable by the time we arrived at this place. All coffees were made with the House blend (Veneziano) made up from Arabica from PNG, Brazil, Colombia and Robusta from India.
Coffee: Cafe Latte
Reviewed by: SimonL
Flirting with the dark side…literally, this came on strong – like Casanova after a month of abstinence. This blend, in my opinion, works best with milky coffees, in particular cafe latte, flat white etc. There is a hint of old world about it and the addition of 5% Robusta (India) in the blend was interesting. I’m not sure what the robusta was meant to add in terms of flavour/complexity but I’m assuming its there to add strength.
This coffee was rich and strong and it did balance out well with the milk with was well textured. It was reasonably smooth with an underlying creaminess. Overall quite a nice coffee although a bit on the strong side.
Coffee: Short Macchiato
Sometimes a coffee is just a coffee. It tastes like coffee, looks like coffee and barks like a coffee. There was a hit of bitterness that wasn’t quite tempered by the milk. Smokey tannins and char were also a bit too pronounced.
Overall it was a nice coffee that i’d recommend to my mum.
If the cafe latte was like Casanova after a months abstinence, imagine the mayhem after a year….
A bit over the top, this was like an unsealed road, or one in bad need of repair. Some smooth patches were interrupted by rough, hard edges. Burnt toast, molasses and an underlying teeth-gritting bitterness. I don’t mind bitterness in coffee but in small doses balanced by some clean acidity and smooth body. This coffee scored well in presentation and true to style but fell short in flavour.
Reviewed by: SamW
This ristretto was slightly less bitter than the macchiato. Some initial acidity set the stage for some smokey tones, and a gentle whip of bitterness. A moderately well-executed ristretto with a nice head of crema .
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