The chance of spending a weekend in Melbourne brought about a great excuse for an extensive coffee crawl on the Monday before flying home. Our first stop was at Assembly Coffee in the busy cafe/restaurant area that is Carlton.
Assembly is a relatively small cafe, with a room containing the espresso machine and a few tables on one side, and a separate entrance for customers drinking and buying retail products for specialty coffee/tea. We set up camp in the latter and had a great time chatting to the barista who was more than happy to brew us up a few beverages. First up was an Ethiopian Chele’lektu (roasted by Small Batch) espresso brought over from next door, and a v60 of the same coffee. Next was another pourover, this time an Ethiopian Cocola (roasted by Mecca out of Sydney). The Chele’lektu coffees were fairly light and lacking a bit of body, however this allowed for some delicate notes to show through, whereas the Cocola had a bit more of a juicy mouthfeel and some nice plum and stone fruit notes.
If we knew a bit more about specialty tea we probably would have sampled the range there as well, due to a seemingly even emphasis on both in the brew section. If you’re around Carlton paying a quick visit will be well worth your time.