Sunday Roast

9 08 2009

Well as you know, EVERY Sunday I post about my weekly coffee experiences.

Well a lot has happened since the last Sunday. This week in particular has bean a cracker on the coffee front.

To begin with, I have been drinking the Bahitalia blend as roasted by threebeansroasters this week. It has been superb.

Then on Friday morning, a whirlwind weekend of good coffee and good times began.

We flew down to Melbourne for a friends wedding on Friday afternoon. On the way to the airport we snuck in to Allpress Espresso in Rosebery for a cheeky latte. Once in Melbourne, it was straight to the hotel and a quick shower before crossing the road to the wedding venue – Ormond Hall, attached to the Belgian Beer Cafe. Needless to say the beers were some of the finest I have seen served at a wedding: Leffe, Hoegarden, Bellevue.

After partying til the wee hours of the morning, there was no better way to wake up on Saturday than to scrambled eggs and kevin bacon at St Ali’s coffee roasters. This was our second visit and the food and coffee certainly lived up to expectations. My 2 lattes were exceptional and indifferentiable. I didn’t ask for a clover or a syphon as it looked like the baristi were flat chat. We had to wait 10 minutes for a table.

Saturday afternoon, after lugging our luggage around the CBD, we squeezed into Brother Baba Budan. Despite having an interstate reputation, this place is still tiny and quaint. The 2 baristi behind the Synesso worked like a well-oiled machine and served up another latte (sooo much milk today!) that saw me through the afternoon. Love the chairs hanging from the ceiling. The could stand to upgrade the dunny…

I heart Melbourne.

Adri at St Ali

Adri at St Ali

Beer News

4 03 2009

Outstanding, fantastic, sensational, uber-exciting news on the beer front!

The Local Taphouse, an awesome bar in Melbourne, with an extensive beer menu, that I have praised before has just started operating in Sydney!

It’s in Darlinghurst and a friend of mine who visited last night gave it a 9/10 for overall experience. A great range on tap that is expensive without being ridiculous and good quality pub food at a reasonable price.

More info here and here at le blog once I have been myself!

Re: Melbourne

12 06 2008

As mentioned already, Adri and I spent the weekend in Melbourne. We had a fantastic time.

The highlight was either breakfast at St Ali’s coffee roasters or lunch at the Local Taphouse Pub. Line ball.

The lowlight was undoubtedly the 8 hour door to door trip home. Top work Qantas.

On Shopping…

We didn’t go absolutely mental, but we did pick up some good purchases. Adri was a little disappointed that I came home with more purchases than she did.

Chapel street was superb. We clocked up a lot of kms walking up and down it. You could easily spend a week on it as there are hundreds of shops.

Best shop was American Apparel where we picked up 3 items. Apparently there is one coming to Paddington soon.

On Coffee…

Our first Melbourne coffee experience was not a good one. The cafe across the road from our hotel got 4.5 beans in the Melbourne coffee guide and was packed with people on Saturday morning. However, when we got inside and ordered our 2 lattes, they promptly forgot about us! I had to reorder after a good 20 mins. When it did finally arrive, it wasn’t too bad.

St Ali was another story altogether. Almost the ideal cafe in my opinion. The roasters were pumping out the delicious when we arrived at the converted warehouse. Our 2 lattes were perfectly made with a very well defined rosetta. Tap water was served in old VB bottles and tthe breakfast was he most delicious cafe food I’ve had in a long time. Labna, poached pears, muesli and mixed nuts/seeds and bacon and eggs on hashbrowns. Yum!

We bought 250g of the St Ali’s Espresso blend home. I haven’t quite mastered the grind yet, but it was pretty tasty this morning.

On Beer…

I don’t think the Victorians fully realise how good they have it in the beer stakes. It seems Victoria has far more boutique breweries than NSW. In the pubs we visited, I didn’t see VB or New on tap once – how good is that!

The beer highlight was the Local Taphouse on Chapel St, St Kilda. They boasted 40 beers on tap and had a beer menu that stretched to dozens of pages. I had the Otway Estate Otway Ale which was a tasty, full-bodies, subtly hoppy ale. Adri had the Hargreaves Hill ESB which I would say surpassed, or at least equalled, the Knappstein in the tasty lager department.

We also had le Coq Blond at the Lucky Coq in Prahran. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t as good as their $4 pizzas!

All in all, we had a great time. I can’t wait to go back and see more of Melbourne. It really is a great town.’

PS – Thanks for everyones tips! Photos to come


5 06 2008

The artificial long weekend up in Forster seems a long time ago now. I long for another….

Thankfully, we have one! This weekend, to celebrate the birth of a Queen of some description, Adri and I will be heading off for a long weekend in Melbourne!

We are planning on enjoying:

  1. Shopping
  2. Coffee
  3. Boutique Victorian Beers

We fly out on Saturday morning and come back Monday lunchtime. We are staying in a little hotel in St Kilda.

Should be fantastic!

Any tips, tricks, suggestions or warnings for where to go, what to drink, etc in Melbourne? I am thinking especially of coffee and beer!