Died and Gone to Heaven…. without Bryan Adams. There’s so much to love about Dukes on Flinders Lane, and that’s before I even taste of their coffee.
For instance, I appreciate the cafes dim lighting that doesn’t overwhelm the senses when one is in dire need of a caffeine hit (me every morning); the simplicity of their menu; and most importantly, their unpretentious staff. It will come as no surprise that I do appreciate a café run by people who actually know what their coffee tastes like, and how best to match a customer’s preference to what’s available on the menu. It’s the difference between a coffee maker, and a passionate coffee enthusiast who has pursued a career in the coffee industry. Sandy Guo is one such individual, and he nailed it with the natural Guatemalan that was served as a cold brew and pour over. Having known me for half a decade, Sandy is well aware of my love for naturals, and won my heart with the Guatemalan Las Mercedes. Seemingly, native heirloom seeds from Ethiopia were planted at Las Mercedes several decades ago, and today we consumers are reaping the rewards. It has all those fruit driven flavours I adore in natural Ethiopians, with a smooth chocolatey finish. That’s not to take anything away from the Rwandan Remera that I enjoyed as an espresso. It was equally impressive, with its sweet melon tones that I rarely find in Rwandan coffee.