There's a sweet girl in Essendon and she knows coffee
So let's lay it all out on the table. Before I knew about Alice, if anyone asked me where to get good coffee in Essendon, I'd grimace and tell them to go to Nabiha in Moonee Ponds. Now however, my answer would be a lot different as there's a sweet girl around the corner and she's the beginning of something great.
Alice is a new cafe in Essendon and she has brought with her a high standard of coffee. They are supplied with Padre Coffee to give us some of the tastiest espresso and filter coffees ever. Having lived in Essendon for most of my life, I can tell you that at this point in time, this is the best coffee Essendon has experienced.
They have homemade pastries and sweets. Wooden bench tops and seats. Exposed concrete with a gloss that gives the whole place a very 'Melbourne-unfinished-cafe' look. They have art work for sale too. The walls at the back are lined with organic peanut butter and many other speciality condiments. And one of the most important ingredients to any good cafe, friendly and knowledgeable staff.
I missed the name of it but I have a feeling it wasn't the 'Hey Buddy' Blend that is on their menu. The young lady behind the counter let me smell the beans before they were ground and the beans had the perfume of a light filter roast with hints of chocolate. The body of the coffee was lovely and clean with strawberry cream tones and a dark amber colour. Overall it had very light and bright flavours and a clean saltiness as it cooled and spent more time on my palate.
My parents live around the corner from Alice. Do you know what this means for me and my family? I know what it means.
Overall? They are still quite new. Menu changes might happen, coffees will change but I'm sure the whole feel of Alice will stay the same.
While there are people like me who love specialty coffee and know the difference between a single origin and a blend and a filter from a siphon and an espresso, the 'everyone else', the masses, might not really know or care what coffee they are drinking just as long as it tastes like coffee and isn't any of that decaf stuff.
Does it matter that there is a gap between coffee snobs and the everyday coffee drinker? I don't know, but I do hope that more people begin to learn and find out that there is more to coffee than they think.
So while the majority of Essendon's demographic may not know how good they have it (for the time being), everyone else should flock here and realise the value of this bright star.