It's that winning trifecta we all hope for these days when it comes to a cafe. Good coffee. (We deserve it). Good food. (This is Melbourne after all). Good service. (Goes without saying).
Three Bags Full was opened by the same people that brought you Liar Liar and at one stage APTE. It is one of the few cafes in Melbourne that has THAT winning combination that I referred to above.
Turn off busy Victoria Street Richmond and into Nicholson Street to find a blur of people, food, coffee and that arousing sound of conversation against the backdrop of red brick Victorian architecture.
At 11:30 am on a Saturday it is extremely busy - but like I've said and I'm sure to say again, they're busy for a reason so stick it out and wait.
My friend and I are seated at the communal table, menus are brought over, a big bottle of water, fresh cups and our first coffee orders.
Espresso. Three Bags Full Signature Blend (Yirgacheffe, Huila, Amazonia) This drop of nectar is not too tart nor is it overly intense. Warm toasty flavours peak in the middle of the body, but none are overly caramel-like in flavour. There is a slight berry and honey-like sweetness at the end of the espresso that is rounded off very well.
Three Bags Scramble I don't usually order scrambled eggs when I go out, but this was the exception and this could be the meal that makes me change my mind about having scrambled eggs out. Light and fluffy eggs complemented by hunks (as opposed to chunks) of fetta cheese that give it that perfect saltiness that we all secretly love.
I haven't had the Yirgacheffe in a long time any where - I figured there were plenty more origins to sample that I should spread the love. How the Yirgacheffe has changed since I last had it. This is the highlight of my visit. This is pure nectar, this is straight from the source, unspoilt, untainted, unsurpassed. Honey, lemon, floral blossoms and everything else associated with delicious coffee. This is extremely refreshing. There is a slight intensity and fizziness on the tip of my tongue.
What else is there to be said? I'll be honest. The food took a while to come to our table, but looking at how busy they were and how busy they always are, not to mention the quality of the food and the coffee, I didn't mind the wait. The floor staff were extremely polite and attentive. No loafing, no snarls, no 'looks'.
I have been here a number of times (and by number, I mean more than 10) and I have never been able to fault them, nor have I been wronged by them.
Come here to experience one of those 'Melbourne' breakfasts everyone keeps talking about.
Come here to experience one of those 'Amazing nectar-like' drops of coffee I keep talking about.
Come here to recharge yourself, or prepare yourself for a shopping trip to IKEA (we've all been there.)