When I wrote about my Saturday in Port Melbourne in my post about Seven:AM, I was trying my best to show you that Port Melbourne is worth exploring. Strolling down Bay street in my fancy shirt I came across Grey & Bliss Cafe which wasn't on my list, who had several specialty coffees chalked up on their specials board. My interest was grabbed.
So many things came into my mind when I sat down: big open floor plan, cool lamps and lights, exposed brick, wooden communal tables, polished concrete floors, leadlight, cast iron, dark mahogany, nice clean counters, focaccias and sweets.
The coffees on special were:
* Crompton Road Espresso
* Dark Horse blend
* Single Origin Nicaraguan Corsican
* Filter Costa Rican Coopedota
Having this many specialty coffees is a pretty good standing for a big cafe in Port Melbourne that doesn't have ties with big coffee roasters/owners etc. By that last comment, I mean that I didn't see any of Melbourne's Big Coffee Players hovering around the floor checking the grind.
The floor manager was a very informative and friendly chap, he knew quite a lot about the coffees, the flavours that would be found in the bodies of single origins and the filter coffees. So I ordered myself a Costa Rican filter and took in everything the mise en scene had on offer.
Filter - Costa Rican Coopedota Light, nutty and spacious. By spacious, I mean it wasn't that complex, it was easy to drink and I found a few flavours familiar. While enjoying it, the floor manager brought over a complimentary chocolate chilli tart. He insisted that the flavours of the tart and the coffee would go together quite well. Usually I don't mix anything in my mouth when I'm drinking coffee other than mineral water to cleanse. The marriage between the coffee and the chocolate chilli was very special. I suppose it makes sense as some Costa Rican green beans can have a chocolate intensity like no other.