I need to make coffee, and I have no milk. I'm not ready for a black coffee yet, not today. If I have to go out and buy milk, I might as well go and buy a good coffee to ease the process of leaving the house pre-coffee.
Luckily I live near the Vic Park strip and there are a couple of great options for coffee, which I have frequented many a time over these school holidays!
So far, high up on the list of my favourites are The Imp and The Precinct, and luckily for those who need late night coffees, they're both open late.
The Imp is really small, so sometimes you might be lucky to get a seat, but once you get in, you'll be pretty happy to a stay a while and have a Fiori coffee or 10. Their dessert fridge is really easy on the eye too, that stuff looks amazing. I haven't tried it yet but if it tastes as good as it looks then... we're in trouble...
The Precinct is just down the road from The Imp and is more of a bar/restaurant than a cafe, although I have heard loads of people rave about their coffee. My sister used to go in there, and ONLY in there for her brews - she's not even that fussy so it's saying something when she will be specific about coffee locations! They use Toby's Estate beans which I think are one of the best we can get around here (I also love Dark Star). Their food has been a bit hit n miss for me, with the Sunday roast (serves 2 generously, see below) being amazing, and dinner off their regular menu a bit disappointing, on more than one occasion. The service is good though, and they have a fantastic beer selection.
The brew takes anything up to 24 hours to achieve the best flavour, and the bottles I bought today ($4 each for 330ml) were bottled yesterday. They need to be consumed within the week as the flavour deteriorates after that - but this is no surprise, anyone who grinds their own beans for their coffee knows that fresh ground is better and richer than ground last week. You can be sure the bottles you buy there are sold with optimum flavour, freshly brewed!
The thing that might get people, is that cold brew coffee is also served cold, and black. But it tastes nothing like a black coffee left laying around. It's much lighter and there is very little bitterness. I got a hint of tobacco and smokiness, and it's extremely smooth. You can also buy it on tap to have in the store, which is decked out with couches, big tables and walls lined with coffee bags. Beware though, they only take cash!
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