Keeping on-trend with your coffee
From the piccolo latte to a magic (a concentrated type of espresso with skim milk that's unique to Melbourne) or the bulletproof (butter) coffee, there’s always something new to try. One type of coffee that has been trending on social media is a “whipped coffee”, also known as Dalgona coffee.
“I have seen a lot of the Insta-famous whipped coffee, which is instant coffee, sugar and hot water whipped together until it foams and then poured over iced milk.” says Hall. “It’s not my cup of tea – pun intended – but it is very easy to make.”
Quality coffee beans make the difference
Hall says good quality beans make a better tasting product, and there are many local suppliers.
“If you can trace your beans all the way back to the farmer, you will usually find that every person along the process is passionate about what they do, and passionate people produce quality products,” he says.
“They will not cut corners because of cost or because it’s easy. They want you to have the best experience possible because they want you to feel their passion, too.”
How to make classic filtered coffee
Hall believes it’s hard to top a classic filtered coffee or, for a more modern approach, the pour over.
“Filter coffee is a great alternative to spending hundreds or even thousands on an espresso machine,” says Hall. “The process is easy, and you end up with great coffee at home.”
He has been experimenting with a Hario V60, which is a pour-over method. The name stems from the device’s V-shape and the angle of its sides.
“A V60 or pour-over coffee is much lighter in flavour and will verge on being fruity and floral,” Hall says. It’s a different experience to the heavy, bitter espresso many Australians associate with coffee.”
Sweet treats to pair with your coffee
The next time you make a coffee at home, consider whipping up a batch of fluffy scones or fragrant hot cross buns or salted caramel choc-chip cookies to go with your brew.
On the other hand, if you're in a rush and have no time to make your own coffee, swing by one of Melbourne's best bakeries to pick up a hot drink and a treat - like a freshly-baked croissant.