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Collective Espresso and Kitchen

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Published January 8th 2012
Here we are, opposite Camberwell train station at 1:30 on a Monday afternoon. Collective Espresso and Kitchen is busily buzzing with people enjoying the perfect drop and the tastiest bite.

Owned and loved by Mark Jacobson and Duncan McCance, who are from the gastronomically pleasing Las Chicas in Balaclava, Collective is a testament to their knowledge and appreciation of good food and coffee that can take your mind to galaxies far, far away.

Be sure to check out their specials board for daily delicacies and have a peek at their coffees of the day. Place your order at the counter, take a seat and relax. Everything will be okay.

Double Espresso. House Blend.
This was a mellow drop. It was smooth and slightly oily, with warm flavours that were well balanced. Non-bitter caramels tickled my tongue with light honey tones.

Pour over of the day. Costa Corillo
This was delicious. It had a sweet candy-like flavour, but it was also mellow and in some ways quite cute much like someone I know. This pour over was the music that marries a Summer's day. Overall, and without any other flowery adjectives, this was sweet and mellow, with enough depth and warmth to satisfy those who prefer their coffees slightly strong and bitter.

Chorizo Sandwich
You can't go wrong with any of the ingredients in this sandwich: chorizo, tomato, lettuce, pesto and I think some mayonnaise. The chorizo was heated up nicely and the pesto was just enough but not too much to dominate.

This establishment was busy for a reason when I came and it is always busy for the same reason - it's good. My cousin swears by this place and I now know why. You need to come here to know why I love this place. I wish it was my local cafe.

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When: Monday - Friday: 7am-4pm. Saturday - Sunday: 8am-4pm
Where: 3 Cookson Street, Camberwell.
Cost: $3.50 - $15.00
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