Last time I told you that Little Collins Street is often overlooked. Clearly it is not overlooked by everyone because I've been there twice in two weeks and I'm sure people who work nearby frequent its littleness everyday. The extremities of Little Collins are also on your list of unchartered territory. So you want another reason to visit Little Collins? How about a reason to visit one of the ends of Little Collins? Little Bean Blue is waiting for you.
Let's start with a simple layout. There is a big long bench that serves as an espresso bar. Inside six tables line the walls for couples and outside there are larger tables.
So what did I have? More importantly, what should you have? Let's put this out there, not all espressos are bitter, some can be quite sweet and fruity. If you're not one for thick and viscous dollops of nectar, then perhaps a cold drip coffee is more your thing. Take my mother for example, she is now a pour-over convert after having a honey toned pour-over the other day.
Espresso. El Salvador. The first of my indulgences began with a slow and nutty drop. The espresso closed her eyes and opened them slowly, brushing my palate with honey and caramel. The mouth feel was oily and rubbery. When I say rubbery, I mean that the viscosity has a delicious type of elasticity to it. Maybe even some berries, or some type of light fruit like an apricot.
Cold drip. Honduras. Cup of excellence. The next temptress had chocolate running through her and was filled with light and bright flavours. There were toffee tones that lingered and stuck to my mouth and made the afternoon even more enjoyable than expected.
Small sweets and muffins are on the serve here as well as fresh coffee. Think of how serious Market Lane are about their coffee and the serious way they have just coffee and just a few small sweets. Very similar here. Coffee and small sweets and pastries. No distractions. Plenty of water too. Little Bean Blue is a part of the Cafenatics chain, so if you have seen the Cafenatics cafes around, and you like them, then you know you are in good hands.
They have pretty cool chalkboard displays on the wall - Some are menus, some are explanations of different coffee processes and some are their 'end of the day routines'. I like it.
What else? They're open at 6:30 am. Do you know how ticklish I get at the thought of having a job in the CBD JUST to go to a place like this at a ridiculous hour? I get the giggles. Why? Because my Monday to Friday primary school teaching job sort of restricts me going to the city during lunch to a cup of nectar.
I could sit here for a long time and fantasise for even longer. Why haven't you sat down with me?