Decaf is for suckers at this delectable cafe for the true coffee lovers of Melbourne.
DiBella coffee is a fairly well known coffee distributor where, simply, I've never been too fazed about it nor really heard much about their product. Unknowingly, I was taken to visit their retail cafe in North Melbourne and was stunned at how seriously and passionate they were about their product.
As a huge coffee lover it had a feeling of being taken to an underground, secret coffee house where "Oompa Loompa's" had been trained to make the perfect coffee. The place is aromatic and overflowing with coffee paraphernalia where everywhere you look there are coffee machines, glasses and frothers lining the walls. The guys behind the coffee machine also make it feel extra authentic with their very trendy moustaches that curl in towards their noses and were indeed, very swish.
I have never really, truly taken the time to appreciate how important the milk texture, temperature and balance of the coffee needs to be to be the perfect coffee. It wasn't too weak, wasn't too strong, but was delightfully easy to drink. I don't think in all my years I've been such a connoisseur of a coffee? They have this knack for making these very well balanced drinks where we tried the chai and had an iced-coffee as well, which were equally impressive. As it was mid-week and getting towards lunchtime, the coffee line grew with men dressed in business attire that are clearly regulars coming for a coffee on their lunch break. Why wouldn't you?
DiBella have realized that it is still important to make a great coffee in Melbourne where they have set up a very smart cafe with an outdoor area, semi-outdoor area as well as a courtyard and chic inside seating so it appeals to all walks of life. The people were friendly and there is a really good coffee loving electricity I hadn't felt for a long time. This, and the fact their coffee is delightful, is why I felt compelled to dub DiBella as the best coffee in North Melbourne.
I'll be sure to go back there where next visit I might even dabble in buying some of their beans but in the meantime I'm working on growing a swish moustache.