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).
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.