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Two Brothers – Mitcham, VIC

558 Mitcham Road, Mitcham, VIC, 3132

It has certainly been a long, long, long x 10time 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.   Read the rest of this entry

The Edinburgh Hotel & Cellars – Mitcham, SA

1-7 High Street, Mitcham, SA, 5062

So…not wanting to be too exclusive here, and only review lattes from recognised cafés, bakeries, cellar doors, coffee wholesalers, galleries, markets, restaurants, bars & lounges – not to mention the occasional cheese makers [blessed are they….], I happened to have a coffee in the side bar come garden restaurant of the Edinburgh Hotel & Cellars the other day, and thought ‘why not do a review’ – hence what follows.

The Edinburgh Hotel & Cellars is a south eastern suburbs stalwart in the hotel industry – being known for great food and hospitality.  Did you know they also do weddings under the drive through?  They do – I kid you not – I have officiated at one!  There is also a nice little garden, which is popular for weddings in the warmer months, and then across the car park is the front bar [read standard pub] and then the side bar/restaurant area which do great meals at reasonable prices – and also coffee.

Latte Quality – Good heading towards Excellent – presentation was really ordinary with a third of my latte residing on the saucer before I even got to drink it, and the first mouthful seemed to indicate that I had been given an instant coffee – but by the time I was half way through I was really like the subtitles of the flavours – nutty with a hint of chocolate.

Cost – $4.00 – which is above average overall, but probably about right for the location.

Coffee Supplier – Monjava Coffee

Fair Trade – No – nothing at the Edinburgh and nothing via the Monjava website

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat, Deep and Meaningful, Study – only if you are going to sit outside – and this time of year you wouldn’t want to do that – save it for Spring/Summer – and the inside bar is suitable for a chat, but only the loud short sentenced type chats that generally happen in a bar

Mooi Espresso – Mitcham, SA

Kiosk 52 Mitcham Square, 119 Belair Road, Mitcham, SA, 5062

I have had a few coffees here over the years – most often before heading up to the cinema, so I thought it about time that a review was done. Located in an ‘open space’ within the trendy ‘Mitcham Square‘ shopping centre, Mooi is a kiosk based café that does all your café style foods and beverages – an offers a loyalty program to boot!  Aesthetically it is very similar to a Cibos – which is most likely a positive reflection upon that chain of coffee shops.

Latte Quality – Good – certainly wasn’t a bad coffee, but likewise didn’t knock my socks off.

Cost – $4.10 for a medium – which is expensive

Coffee Supplier – Unknown.

Fair Trade – No.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat – Yes, the tables are far enough apart to allow for this – and while it is in the centre of a shopping centre, I have never seen Mitcham Square that busy.
  • Deep and Meaningful – again, Yes – see above.
  • Study and Reflection – I do not see why not.  Probably best to avoid the lunch time crowds, but it would be a good spot to grab a coffee, a table and a good book.
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