661-663 North Road
Tess is deeply passionate about the origin of coffee. The brew bar has been set up to offer coffee to customers, which of course leads to discussion about coffee and it's unique flavour profiles. Tess loves to offer different coffee from a range of coffee importers and roasters in order to ensure constant renewal. Tess's speciality is cold drip coffee. I was treated to a tasting of three different coffee's all served cold from the fridge, and poured out over ice. This is not the flat white I am used to! This is more like a liqueur with subtle sweet complexities and no bitterness.
I asked to see the workshop out back too, to fully understand Tess's business. Here I meet Brendan Noble, furniture restorer and was treated to delights of a different kind. Brendan is a master craftsman that turns his hand to anything from hand carving, to bespoke cabinetry to hand-painting restored singer sewing machines. It was a delight to see what Brendan has been working on and to know that there is still demand for quality craftsmanship. His customers range from the Melbourne Museum to locals requiring repair of antiques to commercial clients commissioning bespoke pieces.
Tess is the latest stockest of Espresso Tales, if in the area, pop in on them!