I admit I am a coffee addict. While I do not profess to be a coffee expert, coffee is a very important part of my life. I plan my morning activities around where I am going to source my daily fix. And if that morning coffee is not up to standard, my day never quite seems to recover.
So choosing the destination for the all-important brew is something I take very seriously. Luckily where I live in Bayside Melbourne there are an ever-increasing number of options for a good coffee. But for a consistently great and addictive brew, Espresso Elements Espresso Bar and Coffee House in Hampton is my number one pick.
Opened in May 2007 by Callum Power and partner Jade Chandler, Espresso Elements is a mix of coffee house and retail supplier of espresso machines, beans and assorted items.
"Espresso Elements was designed as a place where anyone, of any age, any day of the week can feel comfortable and take pleasure in consistent, fine coffee".
Espresso Elements is relatively small with only a handful of tables inside and out, and is not properly described as a "café". You are unlikely to decide to go there because of the food on offer, although there are a small handful of nibbles available such as organic (and yummy) brownies or muffins.
What you would choose to go to Espresso Elements for, is to enjoy a delicious coffee, accompanied by a chocolate coffee bean if you are not 'taking away'. Or you could enjoy one of twenty varieties of Fraus European hot chocolates.
My children have tasted a number of the flavours and whilst the classic chocolate is always popular, they also recommend the tiramisu, hazelnut, nougat and mint. In summer, iced frappes are available in flavours such as French Vanilla, Mango, Tropical and of course, coffee.
For me, there are two things about Espresso Elements that both summarise the place, and are the reasons why I felt lost whenever I have to go more than a day without a one of their coffees.
First, there is the service. The staff is obviously well trained in their art, and this includes the waiting staff. The staff make an effort to get to know their customers by name, as well as remembering customer preferences. And they rarely seem too busy to stop for a chat.
Then of course, there is the coffee itself. No matter who the barista is on the day (sometimes two at once, particularly busy times like Saturday mornings), the coffee is always great. An Espresso Elements coffee never disappoints me.
So if you are down Hampton way and in search of an excellent coffee, I recommend Espresso Elements to satisfy your caffeine requirements.