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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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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

 

 

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.

 

Coffee Of The Month Club Gets To The Top

When you type in “coffee of” or “coffee of the month” or “coffee of the month  club” at Google it will display a default choice to select “coffee of the month club Australia” and the Coffee Of The Month Club is listed at the top.

“Specialty coffee beans and coffee in general is a passion of mine in business and life so to get some recognition from Google is a bit of a buzz, not punn intended,” said Robert with a smile (founder of the Coffee Of The Month Club).

Here’s a screenshot from a google search for “Coffee of the month club Australia” listing the Coffee of the month club at the top of about 35,100,000 results.

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Coffee Price Set to Go Up

Cafes across Australia are getting ready to increase the average price of coffee by up to 60c a cup, as a direct result of the drought on the other side of the world limiting coffee bean supply across the world.

Coffee Of The Month Club

Coffee Of The Month Club

For example, Arabica coffee bean prices have increased by over 70% since the start of 2014, and now Australian coffee roasters are wondering if they can continue with the same price they were charging for coffee before the increase, with coffee reaching a new two year high last week above $2 usd a pound.

Analysts are cutting crop forecasts with Brazil “the largest coffee producer nation” experiencing drier than normal weather causing the price of coffee to rise.

Di Bella coffee is one of Australia’s biggest gourmet specialty coffee bean companies “supplying over 1200 cafes” said his business was immune from the coffee price rally because he had already negotiated their coffee price directly with farmers at the start of the year, but did expect a small rise per cup of perhaps 10 cents with some cafes choosing to ignore it or change to cheaper coffee beans.

”The biggest problem for people here is they can’t guarantee the quality of coffee they’ll be drinking because of the brokers [who] will be affected straight away,” Di Bella said. ”But there are other brands out there that won’t drop the quality of their coffee. They’ll keep it at a high standard. They’ll pay more for it and absorb it or pass it on.”

Ross Quail from Sensory Lab coffee roasters, who runs a wholesale specialty coffee roasting business in Melbourne and Sydney said he would never think about changing the quality of his coffee but wondered how long he would be able to continue charging cafes and restaurants the same price as last year in the current market. ”We will absorb as much as we can but it wouldn’t be unreasonable to say that in the wholesale cafe market a price increase is inevitable,” he said.

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.