Who: The Vertue of the Coffee Drink
Where: 8 Raffa Place Carlton, VIC 3053
Why: One of the best coffee’s I’ve ever had and a nice, fresh, healthy breakfast
Carlton has some wonderful cafes, brunch spots and restaurants along its wonderfully vibrant Lygon Street but not far from the main drag hides The Vertue of the Coffee Drink. If you look closely you might be able to see that little wooden sign promising a cup of the good stuff and most likely a trail of people walking down an inconspicuous alleyway looking for the same promised land as you.
Coffee: Oh, sweet, sweet Vertue. One of the most unusual and wonderful batch brews I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. Simultaneously malty, savory and fruity, each sip made me fall more in love with it. Brewed to perfect, the cup was delightful to the last drop and the unique taste never got boring.
The staff were knowledgeable and passionate about their beans, suggesting alternatives I might want to try if I liked the matliness of this or the bright acidity of that.We talked about how great the Kenyans were this time of year and everyone was so super friendly that I would go back just for the benefit of having such a great conversation about my beloved drink again.
Food: A delightful menu full of breakfast favourites alongside some unusual twists. My choice – chickpea chips with charred zucchini, preserved cherry tomatoes, poached eggs and parmesan – should have been plain and a little sort of…okay but the fresh ingredients and simple flavours burst in my mouth and the mix of textures were lovely. With a long list of both sweet and savory options for veggies and carnivores alike, you won’t be disappointed.
All in all: Adorable. Quirky. Friendly. Trendy. Warm. All of the good adjectives. Their bare-stone walls and industrial design elements are completed with an impressive coffee roaster sat on the back wall. And for good reason; these guys roast and sell their own coffee beans and will be more than happy to tell you all about their latest batches and you can take a bag home to let the fun continue. Treat yourself and don’t waste a minute longer. You’re welcome.
I can’t think of a single thing.