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Innocent Bystander / Giant Steps Winery

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Published October 1st 2011
I received a recommendation from a friend about sampling the coffee from the Innocent Bystander. The combination of good wine and good coffee makes sense as both beverages are the poison and nectar of millions. As you know by now, both drinks have tones, hints and nuances that can be explored and interpreted and even matched with certain foods. Sometimes siphon coffee has strong ties to a light red.

As I walk in I notice that the whole place has a pretty solid vibe even with it being Grand Final day. The staff are doing their thing, people are eating, drinking and talking and there isn't a damn TV on. What I can hear is the arousing sound of conversation and the clitter-clatter of cutlery on crockery. Soul music slips out of speakers and becomes the grout in the tiling of noise. Good looking food and of course wines with reputations that precede them (from what I hear).

The coffee is what I'm here for and the coffee is what I will have.

I find out what is on offer and opt for their Mexican single origin. After a bit of snooping around later I find out that the single origin is called 'Yeni Navan Typica'.

Yeni Navan Typica SHB. Espresso.
A rough and rugged looking crema that has a hazelnut-like colouring. It is sweet and spicy with slight lashes of cinnamon too. It is not too intense, but it does have a very light fizzy flavour bomb effect as it hits your tongue. I can imagine this doing well in a latte or long macchiato, but it still satisfies my espresso hunger.

The fact that good coffee is served at a winery is extremely exciting for foodies and drinkers alike. It make so much sense and has the potential to be something big in the near future.

So whether you find yourself here on a wine tour, a wedding or to meet some friends and indulge in the gourmet side of things, rest assured that an amazing coffee is readily available.

Do a road trip one weekend and check this place out.
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Why? To have good coffee and good wine at the same place is rare.
When: Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat-Sun 8am-10pm
Where: 336 Maroondah Hwy Healesville
Cost: $3.50 - $28.00
Yum, looks good. Love the donuts. The eating of which requires many hours of exercise to work off.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer
Monday, 3rd of October @ 04:49 am
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