Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
Published April 23rd 2013
A sensory journey
Coffee drinkers in Brisbane are becoming more sophisticated. Thanks in part to Brisbane's burgeoning coffee culture with specialty coffee cafes and boutique roasters popping up everywhere. Appreciating a cup of coffee can be compared to enjoying a glass of fine wine, but if you don't know the difference between a mocha and a macchiato, let alone a single origin and a blend, it can be daunting.
I was invited along to Mantle & Moon's Coffee Appreciation Morning recently to learn more. Mantle & Moon is a new craft coffee created by Mantle Group's head coffee roaster, Jolie Beckett. Jolie has excellent coffee credentials having been both a competitor and a judge in leading specialty coffee association events.
Our small group of enthusiastic coffee drinkers joined Jolie one soggy Saturday to taste test Mantle & Moon's Constellation Blend. Three years in the making, this special blend brings together beans from Papua New Guinea, Sumatra, and Ethiopia.
We began our coffee appreciation session with cups of each single origin to see how they tasted on their own. Similar to coffee cupping (without the slurping), we observed the tastes and aromas of our brewed coffee. We took a look at the Coffee Taster's Flavour Wheel and tried our noses at identifying the different aromas found in coffee, with small vials containing twelve unique scents; from rose, violet, and honey, to pepper, liquorice, lemon, and more.
While the coffee from Papua New Guinea and Ethiopia was nice, the brew from Sumatra can best be described as funky with an even funkier after-taste. After trying the three single origins, it was time to taste test the combined beans or Constellation Blend. I'm not a coffee connoisseur (yet) but I believe this blend is a winner; the perfect balance of sweetness, acidity, and flavour.
You can try the Constellation Blend at the brand new Mantle & Moon Espresso Bar on level three of Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, and also at the Mantle Group's other operations: Pig 'N' Whistle, Jimmy's on the Mall, Cafe East, Milano, Phuc Deli-Viet, and the Library Cafe (State Library of Queensland).
Besides coffee, we sampled scrumptious sweet treats created by Mantle Group's French pastry chef: chocolate and pistachio slice, pumpkin, apricot and coconut slice, raspberry macarons, and chocolate macarons; all which can be found at the cafe in Indooroopilly. I've been reliably informed that chef is working on some special coffee infused treats for the next coffee appreciation session.
If you would like to know more about Mantle & Moon's coffee appreciation sessions, follow them on Facebook and improve your enjoyment of coffee.