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I left Campos Coffee in Carlton with a takeaway strong flat white, thinking that it didnt taste like a Melbourne coffee. Later, when I spoke to company director Brian Dessaix, he explained it was the domination of the PNG beans in the house blend. Im not certain that was the difference, but this Sydney entity, which set up its first Melbourne café late last year, is determined to make an impact.
The fabulous space, plans for a roaster and cupping room, and a commitment to quality and source arent new to our citys specialty coffee culture, but Dessiax insists theres a degree of separation. We source all of our beans from origin and actively support the local community, he says. Our latest project has just supplied water and schooling for 80 PNG kids.
Brians brother Matt began working at Sydneys Newtown Campos Coffee five years ago. Brian was running a café in Avalon and began using Campos (which means field). Sales doubled in six months and the brothers were hooked on it. A second outlet was established in Sydney and another in Brisbane, then Campos began supplying coffee to select cafés in Queensland.
144 Elgin Street, Carlton
Phone 9347 7445
Barista Miranda Borg
Coffee Campos Coffee
Baristas choice Three-quarter flat white, cold drip
Open Monday to Friday 7am-4pm; Saturday 8am-4pm
Smooth surfaces, dark walls and polished timber tables give this street café a slick, city-like feel. The Slayer espresso machine dispenses a single-estate coffee of the day, while the house espresso blend is extracted from the shiny La Marzocco. Cold-drip and syphon-filter coffees are offered too. Today the Slayer specialty is a Colombian Cup of Excellence El Tiestero, lot 14. It is chocoately with a nip of scorched caramel and a zing of red fruit. Staff are swift, happy and helpful. Coffee and food are ordered at the counter.