I spend some time at Little Chloe, with owner/chef/barista/roaster Rocky
Li. Little Chloe originally opened back in 2013, and was taken over by Rocky in mid-2016. This Malvern East spot has a nature inspired design, with timber tones and elements throughout the venue, which are contrasted by artificial grass features, and white walls with a mural of a small girl. The warm lighting and low ceiling adds to the cosy atmosphere created by the striking internal timber detailing.
Rocky roasts his single origin beans in house on a Diedrich IR1, and
has a variety of brew methods. The original La Marzocco Strada pumps out espresso shots, while the rather theatrical glass towers unhurriedly brew cold drip on the side bar. Rocky made me an Ethiopian pour over using his Hario v60. This naturally processed lot from the Guji zone had stunning strawberry and chocolate tones, with a sweet finish. I also enjoyed a Guatemalan long black, made with beans from the Nueve Agua Estate. This was one heck of a Guatemalan, with sticky toffee and plum jam notes, and super richness that lingered long after my cup was empty.
Little Chloe Café
1810 Malvern Road