Two Brothers – Mitcham, VIC
558 Mitcham Road, Mitcham, VIC, 3132
It has certainly been a long, long, long x 109 time since my last review – and basically, I have no other excuse other than to say that life has been busy. Life is busier in Melbourne, than it ever was in “heaps good SA.” But putting that aside, I had a day off, some reading to do and so I went in search of a good coffee.
As I have lamented to friends around the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, I have been missing Adelaide coffee – having been unable to find a good consistent coffee since crossing the border – at least in my neck of the woods. So when the caffination urge hit me (not to mention the quantity of Masters reading I had to do) – I had to search for a coffee in my area (within 5kms) that came recommended. I searched Facebook and Beanhunter and came up with the Two Brothers in Mitcham.
Only opening in July this year, the Two Brothers would fit very nicely into the excellent coffee culture of the Adelaide Eastern Suburbs – perhaps even in its South Australian suburban namesake. Decked out in traditional café garb (read: polished concrete floors – polished timber fittings and fixtures – exposed brickwork – a bright expresso machine – in this case a gorgeous blue WEGA – and an opening front window) the Two Brothers also comes equipped with a rear courtyard, a family friendly attitude and a substantial breakfast/lunch menu. It may also be a mecca for the local Christian community – as the people two tables down from me were having a very vocal evangelical conversation. and were known by one of the two brothers behind the machine.
Latte Quality – Excellent – The milk was very smooth and velvety, but try and I might I could not taste any subtle flavour nuances. it was what I would describe as a ‘traditional’ , yet excellent coffee flavoured latte.
Ristretto Quality – Excellent – a slightly bit runny, but well presented and very tasty. It started out with a fruity feel, but ended on a strong burnt butter/caramel feel.
Cost – $3.80 latte; $3.00 ristretto
Coffee Supplier – Veneziano
Fair Trade – No mention in store that I could see.
Customer Service – – memorable – you talk about this place – this is how everyone should be, but few are – they may have even asked your name…; Well, they didn’t ask my name – but I must say, that the waitress, to her credit – when I ordered a ristretto thought I was talking a different language – but when she brought out my latte (the barista delivered the ristretto) she engaged me in coffee conversation wanting to know more about ristretto and why I ordered it.
Venue Suitable for:
- Quiet Chat, Deep and Meaningful, and/or Study and Reflection – You could get away with a quiet chat, as there are plenty of tables and ambient noises to keep matters confidential – just don’t talk to loudly (see above) – I managed to do some reading, which was good. While busy – it wasn’t ridiculous.
Summary: I really enjoyed this place – it was almost like being back in Radelaide for coffee quality – and given the chance (it it 4.8kms from home) I will be back.