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Coffee and Breakfast Review at The Pantry, Brighton

I recently visited a well known cafe restaurant in Melbourne in the affluent suburb of Brighton, Victoria called the Pantry. I ordered breakfast and a coffee and whilst I enjoyed the experience I walked away with mixed reviews.

Pantry Breakfast

Pantry Breakfast

Kabir scrambled eggs, chilli, garlic, onion, parsley, side of harissa and toasted roti bread $20. Review. 5 stars

History: I have visited the Pantry on Church St, Brighton a number of times and ordered a latte. But on reflection I cannot remember a time when I thought “Wow that’s a great coffee” like I would expect from an establishment like this. I mean, the Pantry on Church St is probably the best known, upmarket cafe restaurant in Brighton, made popular by local residents and celebrities alike, and the food lives up to its reputation. But their coffee doesn’t reach the lofty standards set by their food, location and reputation.

Wind forward to today and I had just finished my breakfast when a man sat on the table next to me. After a while had passed I noticed his coffee looked a lot better than mine and so I asked, “Is that a latte?” He replied “Yes, but it’s a three quarter latte.” “Oh” replied, “That explains the colour.”

The man asked what type of coffee I had ordered, “A latte”, I said, “but it’s not very good.” And told me he had ordered a latte just the other day (at the Pantry – which obviously means he sometimes or regularly orders a latte) but had to ask for another half a shot and was the reason he had decided to order a three quarter latte instead.

We continued our conversation and he told me how the family owner of the Lavazza coffee company (who was in Australia recently) had visited the Pantry (who he said is Lavazza’s largest customer in Australia) and how they had stayed for nearly four hours before flying back home. And I wondered what they thought of the coffee..

So I told the man how I thought the Pantry food was great but the coffee left a lot to be desired – and said that in my opinion their standard latte wasn’t any better than what you could order at any sandwich shop in the suburbs. Not that there’s anything wrong with that; it’s just that it doesn’t match the location, food standard or reputation of the place – And so after having a nice conversation we parted ways.

And then it hit me – Lazazza coffee is a commercial coffee brand as opposed to being a small, specialty coffee roaster. Which explains everything. But this isn’t the type of coffee I would expect from a place like the Pantry. And there lies the missing piece to the puzzle. It’s the coffee beans!

Pantry review.
First class food. Economy coffee. Service good.

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Unique Christmas Gifts for Her

Are you looking for unique Christmas gifts for her?

“We’ve got some truely unique Christmas gift for her“, says Samantha from Gift of The Month Clubs.

Gift Of The Month Clubs is a new and exciting monthly gift giving subscription service originally made popular in the states and now in Australia.

Flower Of The Month Club
It’s a unique Christmas gift for her where members receive a different bunch of florist designed flowers every month for 3, 6 or 12 months! It’s a really great Christmas gift idea for her.

Unique Christmas Gifts for Her

Unique Christmas Gifts for Her

Wine Of The Month Club
Does your wife, partner or Mother enjoy a glass of wine? If yes, give her a membership to one of our amazing monthly wine clubs! It’s a truely unique Christmas gift for her that will deliver a different bottle of boutique wine every month to her home of office for 3, 6 or 12 months!

Unique Christmas Gift for Her

Unique Christmas Gift for Her

 Coffee Of The Month Club
A unique Christmas gift for her is a membership to the Coffee Of The Month Club.

Unique Christmas Gift for Her

Unique Christmas Gift for Her

“Members will need to have access to a coffee machine”, says Samantha.

It’s a monthly coffee club where members receive a different pack of gourmet coffee beans every month for the duration of their membership.

“It’s another unique Christmas gift for her“.

Gift Of The Month Clubs

International Coffee Day 2015

International Coffee Day has arrived and is celebrated around Australia and the world on October 1, 2015.

International Coffee Day

International Coffee Day

International Coffee Day was started by the ICO (International Coffee Organisation) to bring coffee producing and consuming countries together to celebrate and bring awareness to coffee nations around the world, market conditions and policies.

80% of the worlds coffee is produced by millions of small scale farmers, and Fairtrade Australia are using International Coffee Day to bring attention to the economic benefits our daily coffee has in some of the lowest ranking countries on the Human Development Index. This includes countries such as Ethiopia, Rwanda, Haiti and more.

“Coffee is a huge global business and one of the most valuable primary products in world trade. But unfortunately for many of the world’s 25 million coffee farmers it is a labor intensive crop that often returns very little in financial return,” Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand CEO Molly Harriss Olson said.

Fairtrade is an organisation that protects product standards by focusing on three major areas of sustainable development. 1. Social development, 2. Economic development and 3. Environmental development. All standards were created to act as a safety net against unpredictable markets and financial security for coffee producers to ensure they receive a fair price that covers average costs of sustainable coffee production.

In 2013 Fairtrade coffee farmer organisations received over $63.6 million in Fairtrade Premium. With 50% of the money being invested back into coffee producing organisations for the purpose of improving infrastructure, facilities and coffee making processes.

“Consumers of Fairtrade coffee beans know their coffee purchase is supporting farming communities in some of the poorest coffee making countries in the world for the purpose of raising standards of living and creating a sustainable  coffee future for producers and consumers,” a Fairtrade representative said.

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Give them a membership to the
Coffee Of The Month Club where members receive
a different pack of gourmet coffee beans every month
for 3, 6 or 12 months

 

 

 

 

New Design for Fathers Day

At Gift Of The Month Clubs we’re always looking to stay modern and ahead of the curve. So after much deliberation and a few craft beers the team decided it was time to update the club pages.

“It’s a new design, a new beginning and it’s Fathers Day!”

Check out the new designs at the Beer Of The Month Club, Wine Of The Month Club, Coffee Of The Month Club and more with a total of 14 monthly clubs to choose from for Fathers Day gifts.

“It’s the Fathers Day gift that keeps on giving when other Fathers Day gifts are gone and forgotten.”

Have You Tried A Magic Coffee?

I go out for a coffee every morning to different cafes and usually order a latte (or café latte if ordering at Pellegrines Espresso Bar in Melbourne, who rightly say a latte is just a cup of milk and want the traditional way of ordering kept alive). But the problem I have is most of the time I’m disappointed with the colour and taste of nearly every milky latte I have. Note: This does not apply to Pellegrines Espresso Bar who make wonderful Italian style coffee and  pasta I absolutely love and recommend.

Magic Coffee aka Three Quarter Latte Next to a Standard Latte

Magic Coffee aka Three Quarter Latte Next to a Standard Latte

See the problem I have is the majority of coffee beans brewed are single origin or blends that are not particularly strong in order to cater for the majority of coffee drinkers. And before someone says, “Hang on, what do you expect from a latte made from 1 shot of coffee, 2 shots of milk and 1 shot of water?”, and I would say, “Well the coffee still has to be the dominant flavour in my opinion if its going to be considered a great coffee, don’t you think?”

“Okay, well why don’t you order a double shot instead?” said a friend of mine recently and I replied, ”Well a double shot is too strong for me. Plus I don’t want to get hooked on what would effectively  double the amount of coffee I have everyday.”

But things changed recently when I was talking to a Melbourne coffee roaster about next months coffee of the month for the Coffee Of The Month Club when I told him about my opinion of the average Melbourne latte and he said, “Well wait till you try one of mine!” And so I did and when he asked for my opinion I said, “It’s very good but I’d still prefer to have the coffee as the dominant flavour, where as I think this has milk as the dominant flavour”, and he said, “Okay have you tried a Magic coffee?” and I replied “no (with a smile on my face not knowing if he was getting offended like so many baristas would if I had said the same), and he said, ”It’s a three quarter latte with the same amount of coffee as a standard latte. Here, I’ll make you one”.

And so with this one conversation my daily coffee order changed to a Magic akathree quarter latte. Boom! Not too milky (like most lattes are for me), not too strong (like a double shot would be) and just the right amount of coffee dominating the flavour with milk and water as the support acts.

Do try :)

Looking for a gift?
Give someone a membership to the
Coffee Of The Month Club
where members receive a different pack
of gourmet coffee beans every month
for 3, 6 or 12 months! It’s the gift that keeps
on giving when other gifts are gone
and forgotten

Whats Brewing at the Coffee Of The Month Club

Hey coffee lovers,

I guess you’re wondering what’s brewing at the Coffee Of The Month Club this month?

Fair Trade Organic Mexican Coffee Beans

Fair Trade Organic Mexican Coffee Beans

Well it’s a new addition to the Coffee Of The Month Club from
Mexico called, Fair Trade Organic Mexican Coffee Beans. And we think you’re going to like it.

Mexican coffee beans are mainly grown on small coffee farms rather than large plantations by an estimated 100,000 plus Mexican coffee farmers working in one of the largest coffee producing countries in the world.

Most of the Mexican coffee farms are located in the South of Mexico and are well known for producing a magnificent depth of flavour often accompanied by a pronounced sharpness and is famous for it’s dark roasts and blends.

So let us know what you think and don’t forget to visit us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Enjoy!

Looking for a gift?
Give someone a membership to the
Coffee Of The Month Club
where members receive a different pack
of gourmet coffee beans from around the world
every month for 3, 6 or 12 months!
It’s the coffee beans gift that keeps on giving when
other gifts are gone and forgotten

 

 

Melbourne International Coffee Expo

The Melbourne International Coffee Expo was a huge success in 2014 and is back again in 2015 at the Melbourne Showgrounds.

So before we head in we’ve decided to stop off for some breakfast at the Pantry restaurant in Brighton, Melbourne.

Breakfast at the Pantry

Breakfast at the Pantry

Yes the picture above is upside down. But the good news is it didn’t get served like this and can say it was on point. Well done Pantry chefs again.

So now we’re deciding if we’re going to go to the Coffee show by car, train, tram or taxi. While enjoying a bite to eat and coffee of course.

Days and Dates: The Melbourne International Coffee Expo is open March 13, 14 & 15 from 10 am to 5.30 pm. But Sunday closes a little earlier at 4pm.

Have fun coffee lovers!

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Looking for a gift?
Give someone a membership to the
Coffee Of The Month Club where members
receive a different pack of gourmet coffee beans
every month for 3, 6 or 12 months

 

 

The Best Last Minute Christmas Gifts! Online

Christmas is here and tomorrow is the big day. But if you haven’t sorted your Christmas gifts by now we’ve got the best last minute Christmas gifts in Australia, online and available now with no shipping worries.

The Best Last Minute Christmas Gifts

The Best Last Minute Christmas Gifts

Step 1.
Go to the Gift Of The Month Clubs gift ideas page.

Step 2.
Select a gift of the month club your gift recipient would be delighted to receive. For example, do they like beer? Silly question we know. So give someone a membership to the Beer Of The Month Club where members receive a different pack of hard to find craft beer every month for 3, 6 or 12 months!

Or select the Wine Of The Month Club for wine drinkers, Flower Of The Month Club for her, Coffee Of The Month Club for friends and family with coffee machines and more.

Step 3.
When you’ve decided on the best club for your gift recipient, create a free E Gift Card on the BUY NOW page and send it direct to your gift recipient’s email address or to your email address to print and present at a later time.

And the magic continues for months after the big day – because in the last week of January and every month after your gift recipient will receive a different pack of hard to find craft beer, boutique bottle of wine,  florist designed flowers and more depending on the club you choose.

It’s the gift that keeps on giving when other gifts are gone and forgotten.

Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!
Gift Of The Month Clubs

 

Australia’s Biggest Coffee Drinkers Revealed

Drum roll. It’s Adelaide! But wait, there’s more. Because this finding was found in an Adelaide news publication, so we’re thinking there might be a bit of biased reporting considering Melbourne is famous for being the coffee capital of Australia.

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The article went on to claim 90 percent of South Australians drink coffee, beating New South Wales in second place with 87 percent and Victoria coming in third with 86 percent of people saying they drinking coffee.

Other coffee statistics released by Galaxy Research for Nespresso were collected from 1175 coffee drinkers who were asked how they usually order their coffee. And the results showed 42 percent ordered a strong or double shot and 15 percent requested their coffee not too hot. But again, is this telling the whole story because..”Latte is the most popular order and some people are now asking for Soy latte”, said a Melbourne barista at Southland Shopping centre. And in our opinion this would be hard to argue.

Additional research found 47 percent of people would not return to a café or restaurant if served a bad coffee. And we all know what that’s like! But personally I would give them another chance if there wasn’t much choice and in one situation I really liked the cafes apple muffins. Long story short, this morning they served a good coffee and the muffin was great.

Another interesting statistic found 87 percent of people viewed the ability to make a good cup of coffee at home as a sign of an excellent host. Plus 36 percent said it’s bad form to offer guests an instant coffee. So if you haven’t got a coffee machine it might be a good time to lash out if you host a party or two and while you’re at it grab a membership to the Coffee Of The Month Club.

 

International Coffee Day

The International Coffee Day is also known as National Coffee Day or Coffee Day. It’s an international event celebrated every year in a select number of countries, including Australia for celebrating specialty coffee and to promote fair trade coffee across the world. This in turn helps to increase working conditions for coffee farmers in poorer countries.

International Coffee Day

International Coffee Day

The origins of International Coffee Day are not exactly known but wikipedia records say it was celebrated by The All Japan Coffee Association in 1983. And the name “Internation Coffee Day” comes from the United States where American coffee lovers celebrate their National Coffee Day.

National Coffee Days are also celebrated by Australia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia and more. Here’s a list of countries celebrating National Coffee Days. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Coffee_Day

So from the Coffee Of The Month Club, we wish you a happy International Coffee Day and don’t forget to support Fairtrade coffee whenever you can.