Melbourne event enthusiast and moderately priced food eatery reviewer that expects Top Notch service and the use of fresh ingredients at all eateries.
Published July 20th 2014
Coffee snobs be aware of Di Bella Roasting House in the West
Hidden away from the popular shopping strip on Errol St, North Melbourne, a warehouse turned coffee roasting cafe called Di Bella provides weekend crowds with delicious coffee and Italian-inspired brunch. Large groups of mature aged men in Di Bella sponsored Lycra can often be seen parking their expensive road bikes at Di Bella, possibly after riding 200km around the bay.
Floating among the warehouse is a distinct smell of roasting coffee in the air. Beneath high ceilings the first thing to notice is the shelving showcasing beans and coffee gadgets from home espresso machines to cold drip and pour overs for sale. There is an espresso bar for take away coffees and a brew bar with interesting blends and single origins on the go. Benches and tables casually surround the kitchen, and a large grinder is found on display at back of house.
It's difficult to get a seat after 10am at Di Bella. After being placed on a waiting list for a good twenty minutes, we were seated at a fairly tiny table. Immediately presented with menus by a friendly waitress, we ordered what we came here for, coffee. Served on its own little round wooden coaster, the Di Bella pour over is unforgettable. The flavors in the coffee are distinctive and bright. The latte here is also impeccable, the coffee here is arguably one of the best produced in Melbourne.
For $15 I received the Avocado and Chilli, Heirloom Tomato, Coriander, Kyneton Ev Olive Oil on char grilled sourdough toast. I had confit field mushrooms on the side. I have one word for this breakfast dish. Top notch. Actually, two words.
Avocado and Chilli, Heirloom Tomato, Coriander, Kyneton Ev Olive Oil on chargrilled sourdough toast and a side of confit field mushroom.
You will brood over how colourful and delicious the food is at Di Bella and will not forget how wonderful the coffee is. And if you're up for a chat at the cashier after your caffeine hit, the staff will give you some handy tips on what beans work best with which methods and answer any questions on brewing coffee at home. The staff are unquestionably passionate about coffee and this manifests in the coffee itself.